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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:58pm

Click the "Read More" link for further information on our story times and book clubs.

Categories: Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

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2017 MYRCA Winner and Honour Books

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:56pm

The winner and honour book recipients of the 2017 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) have offically been announced. 

Congratulations to Allan Stratton for his 2017 MYRCA winning title, The Dogs!

And congratulations to the two 2017 MYRCA Honour winners:
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Minrs by Kevin Sylvester


Stay tuned for the 2018 MYRCA list, to be announced soon. For information about the Fall award ceremony, please visit the MYRCA website at MYRCA.ca

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

29th annual Manitoba Book Awards winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:39pm

At an awards gala held in Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel this past Saturday, the winners of the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards were announced and celebrated.

The Awards, presented by the Manitoba Writers' Guild and made possible by sponsorships from government funding and many local businesses, honour books published in 2016 that were written by a Manitoba author, made by a Manitoba press, or with a focus on Manitoba content.

Congratulations to all of the winners! See a complete list of them after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit

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Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:32pm

Beck has had struggles in life, but he has lots more to come. Orphaned at a really young age, Beck is having a rough life. His dad is nowhere to be found and his mother is dead. He is sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada and from there, he is shipped off to a farm where he is put to work. The family he is with treats him terribly, until one day Beck can’t take it anymore. With the little bit of money he has, Beck goes on an unbelievable journey across the great country Canada. Along the way, he has very hard times but also great ones. How will his journey end? Read Beck to find out!

I give this book 4 stars and I would recommend this to people who are adventure seekers. I like many things about this book, but my favourite is how this book is written. It is written so smoothly, you just want to keep turning the pages. I would recommend the book for readers that are 12 and up because there is some mature content. The book was surely amazing.

- Logan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

A Million Junes by Emily Henry (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:55am

A Million Junes is a whimsical and refreshing read. The author does a great job blending a typical family feud plot with magical realism, the product being this beautifully written novel about love, grief, ghosts, magic, twists, and a "secret-turned-curse" that split apart generations.

Although, I can't say that I enjoyed the romance aspect of the book because it was too insta-lovey and that really puts me off. June is a loveable and sarcastic protagonist, but everything ends the moment she lays eyes on Saul, the guy that comes from a family that her family supposedly hates, and both instantly have crushes on each other.

Emily Henry does a great job handling other relationships however. June has a supportive best friend that doesn't come off as a sidekick, and their friendship is the perfect portrayal of girl love. June's stepdad is equally awesome. He is super supportive of June while she is still grieving her dad, and even tries to keep her father's legacy and memories alive. These kinds of relationships really made the book for me. They just give off such a positive vibe that I'm sure all will appreciate. 

All in all, the magical realism aspect of this novel was great to read aboutm but it could benefit a touch-up to make up for the draggy length and insta-lovey characters. 3/5 stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

A Million Junes will be available May 16.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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