On April 25, the Manitoba Book Awards (MBA) held a gala for their 2015 nominees. Congratulations to following winners in the children and teen categories:
McNally Robinson Book for Young People: Younger Category
Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl by M.J. Matheson
McNally Robinson Book for Young People: Older Category
The World Outside by Eva Wiseman
Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award: Children's Books/Graphic Novels Category
Cassie and Tonk by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk
To check out the nominees of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People, click here.Categories: Awards, Winnipeg
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking is the thrilling second installment to The Kanin Chronicles. In this book, Bryn's job is getting tougher and while she is working with Ridley even more, her heart is starting to confuse her. She is starting to doubt herself about all the choices she made that she originally thought were right. Bryn is questioning whether or not she can trust her mind and heart anymore. Along with this confusion, she is also not quite sure how to handle Konstatin's warnings any longer. What will she do and how will the tables be turned?
This novel in particular frustrated and intrigued me. I could not read the pages fast enough in order to satisfy the urge to skip ahead several pages and see how certain events turned out. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed a lot of the characters and I found the storyline to be quite unique, but there were just certain scenes for me that were an absolute bore. I honestly loved Hocking's characters, especially Bryn because of her braveness and courage, but her relationship with Ridley had me very frustrated at times and left me feeling empty inside. However, I did enjoy Ice Kissed more than I did Frostfire. I felt there was more story development in this one and it also left me wanting to read the third one right away. So, the ending was definitely better. All in all, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars for its very different storyline and intriguing characters.
- Sabrina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
Ice Kissed will be available on May 5th.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
The 2016 MYRCA list has also been released. Click here to see the new list of nominees.
The Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards Inc. aims to promote reading and Canadian literature by giving young people the opportunity to vote for their favourite Canadian book from an annual pre-selected list. The books are nominated based on their quality and reader appeal. All young people in grades 5-8 who have read or heard read at least 5 titles from the list can vote.
For more information, visit their website www.myrca.ca or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow on Twitter @MyrcAward.ca or like them on Facebook here.
Teenager Jess learns that not everything goes as planned. At the beginning of the story, she gets in trouble with her friend Nance and Jess's dad sends her to volunteer at a soup kitchen called "New Beginnings". While helping out there, Jess meets a boy, Flynn, and they become friends, or maybe more. When Jess thinks that she has it bad, she starts to see that others, including Flynn, have serious troubles too. Jess and Flynn start to lean on each other as they get closer and deal with their troubles together.
- Marlo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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