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Be First Reading Club: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

by Solana Johannson - Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 9:17pm

The next Winnipeg session for our ever-popular Be First Reading Club will take place on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. We will be discussing Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman.

Cover image for Tess of the RoadIn the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy. Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret.

Copies are limited, so be sure to sign up early for a chance to discuss this great new novel.


The Be First Reading Club is is a teen book club with a twist. Sign up to receive an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the selected title and read a book before it's even published.
For more information, please call the Kids Service Desk at 204-475-0492

Categories: Book Clubs, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

Refugee by Alan Gratz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:57pm

Refugee follows three kids: Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

Refugee is a great book that follows three different perspectives of refugee's through the ages. Josef, a Jewish boy from WW2, Isabel a Cuban girl, and Mahmoud a Syrian boy. The character's are very interactive and selfless throughout the book. The characters are so great and all the character's are all so different. Josef wants to prove himself a man, Isabel wants to safely reach Miami, and Mahmoud just wants everything to be okay, which is why I think it's fitting that the book should end with the word 'home'.

- Simon, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Teaming up with the Moose & Blades

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 at 10:54am

McNally Robinson is again teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month in February.

Students and teachers can enter their classroom for a chance to win school visits from their local teams, and McNally Robinson is excited to sponsor a special "I Love to Read" hockey game in each city. And in Saskatoon, we'll be hosting a special breakfast with the Blades in Prairie Ink!

Both classroom contests are on now, with the Saskatoon Blades contest ending February 12th, 2018, and the Manitoba Moose's ending February 15th 2018. So hurry and enter your class via the links below!

For details on our Manitoba Moose "Stick to Reading" program, please visit this page.

For information on our Saskatoon Blades "I Love to Read" program, please see this page.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Contests and Giveaways

Magic, Madness, & Mischief by Kelly McCullough (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 at 8:46pm

Kalvan Monroe was a more or less normal kid. He had average grades at school. He didn’t have many friends. His father has passed away and his mother has mental problems. He was living a normal life until the following events happening. 1) He accidently summons a rabbit, made of fire, that talks. 2) He gets the power to throw fireballs and use fire at will. 3) When he gained his fire powers, his mother was burned by the same magic. Leaving her unharmed, but, extremely susceptible to the magic of the Ice King. Now Kalvan, with the help of his fire rabbit, must find the Ice King and defeat him in battle, or risk losing his mother forever. Read Magic, Madness, & Mischief to find what happens next!

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Zap! by Martha Freeman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jan 19, 2018 at 6:08pm

Luis is just a normal kid with his two best friends Maura and Carlos, until Zap. Before Zap they were living a normal life in a normal school. But one morning Luis was making breakfast when the kitchen went suddenly dark. Luis decided to bike to school to wait for the power to go back on. On the way, he stopped to say hi to Senora Alveros Bodega and she strangly ask's him to bring some chocolate milk to the computer genius. When he get's to school, the principal announced that school would be cancelled until the power came back. Over the next few days the power was still off and Luis and Maura decided to look for computer genius. When they finally find him they ask him if he can fix the blackout. They soon make a deal that genius can fix the problem and in return they would bring him money, food and Advil. Can they fix the problem or does the town have to live in a blackout forever? Read Zap! to find out.

- Alex, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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