Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

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

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

Categories: Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg


Everland by Wendy Spinale (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 3:11pm

Everland by Wendy Spinale is just one of the best dystopian books I have ever read. This thrilling novel based on J.M. Barrie's classic story, Peter Pan, takes you on such a ride. The descriptive language in the novel brings you closer to the characters and makes you sympathize for them. The wording in this book is perfect and you can really see the world the characters are living in. This book always leaves you wanting to read more.

I give this book 4⁄5 stars because I did really like the writing style. However, I think that the Hook's point of view could have been a little more descriptive to really make you get into his head. Overall I think Wendy Spinale did a really good job connecting the reader with the characters in the novel. I recommend this book to people who love Peter Pan.

- Portia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Manitoba Book Awards 2016 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 1:26pm

The winners of this year's Manitoba Book Awards were announced at a gala this Saturday, April 30th.

2015 and 2016 saw plenty of wonderful new Manitoba literature, and competition was fierce for this year's awards. Congratulations to all of the recipients, as well as those who made it onto the shortlist.

Of particular note are the recipients of the 2016 McNally Robinson Book Awards. Writer Julia Schettler and illustrator Sarah Neville won the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award in the "younger" category for their book Fur Is Only Fur Deep, and in the "older" category the award went to Jodi Carmichael for her novel, Forever Julia. Meanwhile, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award went to Wab Kinew for his memoir, The Reason You Walk.

The full list of winners can be found below, after the jump.


Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Regional Interest


MYRCA and Willow Awards 2017 Nominees

by Shanleigh K - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 11:06am

The 2017 nominees for both the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards and The Willow Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all the lucky authors and good luck in the upcoming year!

Click here to see the new list of 2017 MYRCA nominees.

To check out the 2016/2017 Willow Awards list, click here.

Winners of 2015/2016 Willow Awards will be announced on May 13 at the Annual Gala. For more information, please visit their website at

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, May 02, 2016 at 5:09pm

Gottie's world has never been the same since her "best friend" Thomas moved to Canada, and it has been shattered ever since her grandfather's death, which happened only a couple years afterward. However, The Square Root of Summer is not your average story about the recovering journey from grief and loss with lyrical writings. The book itself has a touch of magical-realism AND there are some elements of quantum physics woven into the story as well. I think this is a unique and ingenious concept, but confusing at times since physics and I are not the best of friends. Due to said concept and despite the author's best effort to clear the mist, I was not quite out of the wood by the end. Although I did enjoy the great family dynamic plus the cute-ish romance, it just didn't work well for me.

The Square Root of Summer is an enjoyable, but not quite satisfactory read. I recommend this book to those are comfortable around the subject of physics (you may discover more meaning out of this book than me) and to those who are looking for a unique contemporary read that will make your head spin far after you closed the book. 3/5 stars.

-Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Square Root of Summer will be available May 3.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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