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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 9:40am

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Diary of a Haunting: Possession by M. Verano (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 at 4:14pm

Laetitia's story is a bittersweet true life story, and this book uncovers her unidentified, undiagnosed illness that struck with bizarre symptoms. She starts out normal but soon starts to grow bones, nails, and glass.

This story is heartbreakingly stunning. You'll break down in tears after you read this book. The author wrote the book in such a way that made Laetitia's life open to to the reader. Every time you turn the page, you see the horrors and pain she's going through, but never ever do you saw a glimpse of her giving up.

Paranormal fans are going to be left horrified and awe-struck after reading this book

- Bethel, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 at 9:36am

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin is about a future world where an epidemic has left survivors missing various body parts. The main character Nell's father is the scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. Nell, however, has always felt like an outsider, partly because while everyone else's missing parts are on the outside, hers is on the inside: her heart.

The premise of this story was really interesting. As well as an epidemic, computers are also illegal in this futuristic world. I really liked the perspective changes between chapters. One thing to keep in mind when reading this book is that it's quite confusing, especially at the beginning. Just keep reading and things should start making sense. Nell's personality annoyed me quite a bit, however I also found her very relatable, so her personality didn't really affect my enjoyment of the story. If you like fantasy/sci-fi or dystopian genres, then I'd recommend trying out this book.

- Niina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:54am

Blood for Blood is a story about WWII, but a much more terrifying version than that: What if Hitler had won instead? While the book made me glad that this was never the case 70 years ago, I couldn't help but choke up on the reality that was the Holocaust. This was such a powerful story and Ryan Graudin has done an equally wonderful job in telling it.

The story is about Yael, and like many other Jews, she was put into a concentration camp when she was six. However, even after undergoing many torturous experiments from the Angel of Death, Yael survived while others died. She escaped thanks to the results of the experiments she underwent. She gained the power to skinshift. The story starts when she is attempting to become a contestant in the Axis Tour—an annual motorcycle race that runs across continents. Yael must win at all cost because the victor will get to meet Hitler (who no longer appears in public due to fear of assassination), and she'll have the chance to kill him.

Yael is possibly one of my favourite heroines because she is so strong and brave. Besides her, Luka is all I needed and more. His sarcastic nature really brightens things up and I couldn't be prouder of his character development. All in all, those who enjoy a good suspenseful, but dark story will devour Blood for Blood, although I recommend reading its prequel, Wolf by Wolf, first. I think that this book deserves all the stars in the universe (well, maybe minus one for that cruel ending).

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Blood for Blood will be available November 1.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 10:30am

This is a very dark book. It is an uncensored look at rape, slut shaming and the long term effects of sexual assault. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone sensitive to rape or animal cruelty. This book defines how, in our society, we take sexual assault as just something that happen, and how we act like it is not a big deal. All the characters have very unique perspectives, and each have their own way of coping with their feelings and what life throws at them.

This is definitely not your average YA novel. Although it still has the typical popular characters and most the things you'd expect in a YA novel, as you keep reading, you begin see the deeper meaning behind their stories. Each character has a story that you get to see a little bit into. In the end, they aren't your typical YA characters because their stories all reveal a deeper meaning.

- Callie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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