Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

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

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The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 2:12pm

Frannie and Louis met online when they were both little and have been pen pals ever since. They have never met face-to-face, and they don’t know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, really, things just seem to . . . disappear. Louis and Frannie both receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost and Found continues to steal bits and pieces of my heart as I am reading it, due to said reason, it now occupies and will continue occupy a very special place in my chest until the end of time. This is a quiet story, it does not strive to become something more than what it is and yet it did for me. It explores many aspects that I adored, most of which is hardly seen in YA these days. With a character-driven story, this book successfully introduces 3D characters that literally jump out of the page because they feel so real, a totally adorable sibling relationship, a best friend of the female protagonist who is not simply there for supports and giggles. Finally how this book deals with the subject of mental illness totally screams original. I couldn't recommend this book enough and I hope that many people will read and get their heart stolen like me.

5/5 Stars!

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Winning by Lara Deloza (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 2:17pm

This high school novel follows a girl named Alexandra who wants to become Homecoming Queen. She wins every year, but she is not a very nice person. There is a new girl named Erin Hewett, who quickly becomes Alexandra's rivel so Alexandra begins spying on her. But Alexandra doesn't just have Erin to worry about, there is a girl named Ivy who is also running for Homecoming Queen. Will Ivy or Erin become homecoming queen? Or will Alexandra become Queen instead? Find out in Winning.

- Alicia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

All Better Now by Emily Wing Smith (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 8:28pm

All Better Now is about Emily’s struggle in life from early childhood to the present day. This book displays her emotions so well that I had a hard time reading it. It helped me begin to understand how hard the simplest things were for her. From school to play, nothing was easy. People always underestimated her. I would recommend this book to mature readers who are prepared to accept the realities of how harsh life is for the disabled and act upon that, treating them equally. A tough read, but still I would rate this book 5 stars for a well-written book. Emily was brave to open her raw wounds to the public, and I am sure it will make a difference.

- Adrienne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 5:18pm

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up. Welcome to The Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

This is an engaging and lighthearted coming-of-age novel. The main character Penelope is pretty childish and unlikeable at first, but I enjoyed seeing her growth and development, not to mention the inspiring messages that the book offers near the end. I think everybody should read it mainly for these messages alone.  I truly think that this story should be just a tiny bit longer. There are issues that I wished didn't resolve as quickly, despite that flaw, those who are looking for a light read with meaningful messages this summer will enjoy this book.

I give it a 3/5 Stars.

Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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