Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

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Jackaby by William Ritter (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:56pm

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Jackaby is a mystery/fantasy book and I found I had to reread some parts because they were confusing. There are interesting snippets throughout the book, but it wasn't quite enough to hold my attention. The best characteristic of this book is the suspense and the twist in events at the end. Around the ending part, page 242 to the end, it got better! I couldn't put the book down! Before that, I found it boring. I just wish the whole book was as good as the ending.

- Dora, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Very Bad Things by Susan Mcbride (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 10:26am

Very Bad Things is about Katie, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Katie's boyfriends says he didn't cheat on her, but the pictures tells a different story. The girl form the picture is missing and Mark looks guilty. Katie needs to find out the whole story.

Personally, I really liked the modern day setting that takes place in this book. I couldn't put the book down because it was so suspenseful. The mystery is very unique. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. For all those mystery lovers, this is the book for you.

- Izabella, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 4:30pm

Meet Catelyn Benson and welcome to her world. Throughout her life, she has been invisible, or tried to be. It's hard enough to be the president's daugher without the press mob always outside her door. That is, until her sister Violet died and Cate's world crashed and burned. Like most things in life, it was unexpected. Violet was sick but nobody thought that she would die... but she did. Two hours after the funeral, Cate's family picks up Violet's clone. Strange as it was seeing her buried and yet still here, perhaps this Violet could complete their family.

That was four years ago. Now Violet is unpredictable. The press mobs their door day and night, attacking Cate with questions about her sister. School isn't any better with most of the kids insulting Violet behind her back. Cate feels it's her responsibility to defend her sister, even if she begins to question whether Violet is really her sister. Becoming invisible is all Cate wanted but it's hard now with Violet gone all the time and causing chaos. When a student suddenly dies, all eyes turn to Violet. Cate knows deep down that Violet could not have done it but after confronting her, she begins to doubt. Now Cate has to ask herself, who can she trust if she can't trust herself?

- Emma, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 6:56pm

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew that make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone knows his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. Instead, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire. Before everything turns to ash, Jude drags his best friend Angela off  the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck! But train wrecks always make the front page.

I have mixed feelings about When Everything Feels Like the Movies. I picked it because it was really different from what I normally read and sounded interesting but I just could not get into it. A lot of the book was about sex and drugs, which I felt really took away from the story. The overall story line was good, I just felt it hard to find. However, I absolutely loved the climax. It was surprising and scary at first but in the last few pages became sweet and sad.

If I were to rate the book it would be a 6.5 out of 10 simply because of all the sex and drugs at the beginning of the book - it really took away from the story and was distracting from the overall plot. It just was not my kind of read but I can see the appeal for other readers.

- Samantha, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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