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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:28am

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Raina Telgemeier Comes to Winnipeg

by Shanleigh K - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:27am

Raina Telgemeier, award-winning cartoonist of the bestselling graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, is coming to Winnipeg on September 18!

In addition to adapting and illustrating four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series, and Raina has also contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina's accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. 

In her latest graphic novel Ghosts, Catrina isn't happy about moving to the coast of Northern California, but her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbour lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with — gulp... ghosts. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake, and her own.

Join us for An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier, Sunday September 18, 12 noon at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Avenue. Tickets are $5.00 and available in person at McNally Robinson Booksellers or by calling 204-475-0483.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 9:15pm

Lina's mother's last wish was for her to go experience life in Italy. Lina wasnt intending her summer to be in italy (she's not happy about it either). In Italy she meets a boy named Ren. Lina's going to discover a lot more than just gelato.

I liked this book I thought it was pretty cute but it had some flaws. The narrative is first person, and used the word "like" a lot which found quite annoying and repetitive. The main character was making too many rational decisisions instead of just finishing her mother's journal. The love part was a little strange especially with Thomas his personality changed throughout the book. I really liked the setting and the was they described the places. It made me want to go to Ponte Vecchio and enjoy some delicious stracciatella gelato. Its a great summer read. I would recommend this to teens who are looking for a fluffy book with a good story line.

I give this book 4/5 stars

"'You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things.'
'What?'
'Love and gelato.'"

- Madison, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Aluta by Adwoa Badoe (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 12:54pm

Aluta by Adwoa Badoe was an honest and striking interpretation of the events in Ghana in 1981. I was touched by the story and gained a greater appreciation for the solid democracy that we’ve been privileged to know in Canada. However, I did find that there was an inconsistency in the narration of the story; the main character and her companions would alternate between speaking in slang and speaking very formally. Also, I hadn’t realized that there was a glossary at the back of the book until about half way through, which would have been helpful to know. I would rate this book 7/10.

- Katie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Aluta will be available September 1.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 2:10pm

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Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings… When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself. And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by euthanizing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help. But soon she learns people in the murdermonger industry are being murdered, and doesn’t know who it is doing it. Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan?

Just Kill Me was not what I expected it to be. The back of the book made it seem as though the book would have a different plot line. I felt as though there were too many story lines going on and that they didn't all seem to work together. The characters weren't all believable for me and some of the things that happen aren't realistic.

However, the book wasn't all bad. I enjoyed some of the historical ghost stories, and I liked how the ending leaves you wondering what happens next. I really appreciated how a lot of research seemed to be put into this book and how it flowed well. Just Kill Me is not my favourite book, but it was still enjoyable.

- Else, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Just Kill Me will be available August 30.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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