Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

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

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The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 3:38pm

Jin has three rules: keep running, always carry a knife, and NEVER trust anyone. Ever since Jin's sister was sold to the notorious drug leader Longwai, Jin has been running through the streets trying to find her. Running from street gangs, always afraid because everyone knows if you’re a girl on the street in the walled city, you’re doomed. And Jin has a secret that could kill. Jin is a girl.

Dai is also running but for a different reason. Dai is trying to run away from a horrible past that has been haunting him for most of his life. With only eighteen days left, he needs someone who can help him become invisible. 

Mei Yee is a beautiful young girl who has been forced to live in the brothel for two years. She dreams about escaping but knows much better. She has seen failed attempts time after time and has seen what happens to them. Their master is cruel and unforgiving.

All three of these teenagers have something the others need. All three want to escape the lawless, dangerous walled city but can’t do it by themselves.

I recommend this book for people ages 15 and up. People who enjoy adventure and some historical fiction will absolutely love this book!

- Emma, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Walled City will be available on November 4th. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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
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