Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 at 11:23am

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Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 10:36am

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson is about two girls who meet online and immediately become friends due to their mutual love of the TV show, Up Below.

I really liked this story. It was told using a variety of mixed media such as texts, emails, blog posts and journal entries. I thought that the way it was written was really interesting. I also like the story towards the end; it made me want to keep reading to see what would happen next. I think people who like Rainbow Rowell's book Fangirl would also like this book. This story has a lot about fangirls and fandoms, and it was funny but also serious at times. I would definitely recommend this book.

- Niina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:07pm

Wink, the strange girl who is fascinated with stories; Poppy, the gorgeous bully who gets everything she wants; Midnight, the boy who never thought he'd ever have anything to do with either of them. But when a harmless prank takes a dark turn, they find themselves having to work together to discover the secrets behind an unexpected disappearance. One of them knows the truth, and is lying. But who?

Wink Poppy Midnight is a story filled with beautiful writing, intriguing characters, and absolutely no plot. I found that even when the plot began to pick up speed, it was confusing and didn't seem worth writing an entire novel about. And though the characters were intriguing, they were unrealistic and cliche. But it wasn't all bad. I loved how unique and unpredictable this book was. What really kept me reading was Tucholke's poetic writing style. It is filled with wonderful metaphors, and the way she phrases her sentences are simply beautiful. I recommend this novel to lovers of mysteries and peculiar stories.

- Jennifer, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Night Speed by Chris Howard (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:04am

In this book, Tetra is a dangerous and addictive new drug. It gives you a nine-minute burst of superhuman strength and speed. Alana West has been trained to use the drug so she can catch the young criminals who abuse the drug's power.

On Tetra, Alana is unstoppable. The rush makes her feel like a female hulk. Her eighteenth birthday is coming up, so how many more doses will she get? Alana will soon be too old for the rush and one more dose could kill her. So, Alana goes undercover on the other side to try and get Tetra off the streets. She goes into a gang of breaknecks to stop the supply of their drug. But when she is with them, she learns the breaknecks are not quite as bad as she thought, especially Ethan. With her own need for Tetra increasing, Alana must chose to give it up or risk one more rush. Read the book to find out what her decision is.

I would recommend this book for readers 10 years old and up because there are many fights that could be graphic for young readers. This book was one of my favourite books I have read. All around, the author did a great job on a very suspenseful book. I would rate this book 10/10 for all the great parts.

- Logan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:37am

Every Exquisite Thing is a story about 17-year-old Nanette O'Hare, a misfit who wants to change, to quit, to be rebellious, but doesn't know how... until she does. This book was truly a roller coaster ride for me. The meaningful message that it introduced really made me love it and everybody should read this book for its message alone.

However, I'm not a fan of the way this book was executed. The ending is just a messy ride with several eye-roll moments for me. It makes Nanette look like a selfish person who wants to discover her true self-- blah blah blah--and ignores anybody who cares for her because they have flaws or a personality that she cannot identify with. Besides all that, this book is an enjoyable read, if not more than that. I give this book a 3/5 stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Every Exquisite Thing will be available May 31. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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