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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:43am

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Truthers by Geoffrey Girard (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 at 1:06pm

Katie Wallace has never really been interested in 9/11. But, when her dad ends up in a mental institution for claiming to know what really happened all those years ago, things get complicated. He tells her that the government was somehow behind the attacks and claims that Katie is the lone survivor of a cover-up. As Katie does some research, in an attempt to help her dad, she meets some interesting people, some looking to help her, and some looking to stop her search. No matter what the cost.

I was completely captivated while reading this book. You can tell the author, Geoffrey Girard, really knows what he’s doing. The character development was incredible and although there was lots of confusion, I kept reading because I knew I was going to understand eventually. I know that the majority of the characters are very miserable, but there was definitely no need for the use of so much foul language. Still an awesome book nonetheless. You should read this book! I give it a 5/5 stars!

- Lizzie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Liberty The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Sep 22, 2017 at 8:43pm

Liberty The Spy Who (Kind Of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes is an interesting read, full of sarcasm, intriguing characters a unique narrator. The story beings with Paige Nolan, who is a young college student, meeting Madden Carter, an operative, for a secret organization who asks for her help on a mission.

I enjoyed this book because Paige is not a perfectly trained spy, she's put in this strange situation and makes mistakes which lead to interesting events along the way. That coupled with her sarcasm and the interesting dynamic of her and Carter through out the book made Liberty The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me a solid read. My only complaint would be that I don't believe the title reflects the theme of the book. I suggest this book for teens looking for a different take on a spy novel who enjoy a good laugh.

- Reese, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 at 5:24pm

August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy.

Told through words and pictures, the story of the complex relationship between August and Jack will leave its mark on you. It manages to be both twisted and dark, yet full of passion. Alongside August, readers will question how far you would go for someone you love. I read The Wicker King in one sitting.

- Emily, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Wicker King will be available October 31.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 at 6:02pm

Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight. But when her mother gets desperate for her to make friends, Vicky decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into photos and posting them on Instagram under her screen name, Vicurious. As Vicurious's online followers multiply, Vicky soon realizes she's not the only one who feels #alone and #ignored in real life. And to help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to come out from behind her screen, stop living vicariously, and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

This book was amazing, I would honestly say it was one of the best books I have ever read. It is an absolute must read for people attending, or working at a high school and I would highly recommend it to everyone else as well. It makes you stop and think about the people around you, the ones you're close with and the ones you may not know very well, and wonder what they may be struggling with that you don't know about. It reminds you that everybody is really the same when you get right down to it, everyone wants to be loved, excepted and to feel like they belong. That we can get so wrapped up in ourselves and our assumptions of people that that can be forgotten. One particular thing I really liked about this book was the way it looked at the good parts of social media, instead of the bad. How social media can bring people together when they need it most and how it can change people's lives for the better. I loved everything about this book and it will definitely be one I read over and over again.

- Lilja, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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