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Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 at 12:07pm

In the 1960s, in a place called Rainbow, a new and a ‘not-so-happy to be there’ girl moves into her grandmother's house and starts a whole new adventure.

Alice is a young girl who has just moved to Rainbow, Georgia to help her grandmother with her memory issues. Though she dreams of her father coming to Rainbow to get her, it never truly happens.
She hates Rainbow, and to make things worse, she gets into some trouble and has to help the neighbour next door, Miss Millie.

To help Miss Millie, Alice has to help her walk her dog Clarence. The thing is, these walks prove to be more than boring...

- Daniel, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017 at 3:43pm

Imagine having both of your parents die, having your two siblings separated from you, and being forced to leave your home. Wouldn’t that be so hard to experience? In the book One Shadow on the Wall, this situation happens to a boy named Mor. As Mor's aunt tries to separate him from his sisters and send them each to different households, they persuade her to let them remain in their home. But when Mor’s aunt leaves, he can’t find a job and a group called the Danka Boys steals from him and threatens his family. Unless Mor joins their group, Mor will keep being the target of the Danka Boys. Will Mor join the group or do the right thing?

I really enjoyed reading One Shadow on the Wall. It was a deep story and kept me intrigued. I worried when Mor ran from the Danka Boys and felt relieved when he got his food home safely. One Shadow on the Wall is a must read!

- Adam, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath by Jacob Sager Weinstein (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jul 04, 2017 at 11:29am

Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong. The truth is, London was built on magical rivers, and all the major events in its past have been about people trying to control the magic. Hyacinth discovers this when her mom is kidnapped. In the chase to get her back, Hyacinth encounters a giant intelligent pig in a bathing suit, a boy with amnesia, an adorable tosher (whatever that is), a sarcastic old lady, and a very sketchy unicorn. Somehow Hyacinth has to figure out who to trust, so she can save her mom and, oh yeah, not cause the second Great Fire of London.

Fantastic, fantazing, amazing. The perfect mix of magic and reality. Unique in a good way. I very much enjoyed this book. If you want to read a good book, check this out!!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Edgeland by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 at 6:00pm

Edgeland is an entertaining fantasy book. Centered around a twelve year old girl and boy, who both live on the island of Edgeland. But one day, the two friends are sent plunging into the Drain. The hole in the ocean, where the town sends the dead.

This books plot was intense and suspenseful, and the world well crafted. I found though, the character development somewhat lacking. Overall, though this was an enjoyable summer read.

- Sophia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Bubble by Stewart Foster (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jun 19, 2017 at 7:05pm

Imagine if you can’t go outside to get some fresh air. Then think about the young boy named Joe who cannot leave his hospital room. Joe loves having visits with his sister Beth and talking about superheroes with his best friend Henry. Joe and Henry have the same problem they’re allergic to dust so they cannot leave they’re room at all. So Joe always loves when his favourite nurse Greg comes and hangs out with him. But then one day a new nurse starts and he believes in aliens and watches for them from Joe’s room and that creeps Joe out.

I really liked this book because it shows that people have difficulties in life and that you just have to keep pushing forward.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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