Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 4:06pm

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Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:23pm

Inherit Midnight centers on Avery, one of the grand-daughters of  an eccentric, rich grandmother. When her grandmother makes a series of challenges to decide who shall inherit her fortune, Avery, the outcast of her family because of the scandal involving her birth, travels around the world to compete. While trying to meet every challenge, Avery also begins to find out what happened to her supposedly dead mother.

I really liked this book. It had a lot of action and it really drew me in. It was definitely a fun read. I think people who like the Amazing Race TV show or the the 39 Clues book series will enjoy this book.

- Niina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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Alex Award Winners 2015

by Shanleigh K - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 4:53pm

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

This year's winners are:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bingo's Run by James A. Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

The Alex Awards are given annually by the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 6:06pm

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself?

I read The Winner's Curse, the first book in The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutoski, because it was recommended to me by fans of Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series. It did not disappoint and brought me into a beautifully crafted fantasy world with brilliantly clever and subtle writing and great characters. The Winner's Crime, the sequel to The Winner's Curse, is even more brilliantly plotted than the first book. I never knew where the plot was going, and between that suspense and the extreme tension between the characters (SO MUCH TENSION), I don't think my heart ever stopped beating at triple-speed.

There was hardly any moment of relief and Marie Rutkoski kept the plot moving along so well. Of course, the thing that sells me on any book is the characters, and The Winner's Crime is no exception. I loved the way Kestrel and Arin not only struggled in their relationship with each other, but also with themselves and the others around them, and grew as characters as a result. If you want to read a book with good writing, an intriguing plot, and amazingly well-rounded characters, you should read The Winner's Curse and then buy The Winner's Crime when it comes out!

- Alyssa, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Winner's Crime will be available on March 3rd. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Feb 09, 2015 at 11:53am

Since You've Been Gone is a heartwarming book about Edie Fraser, a teen who is constantly on the run with her mother from her abusive father. Now in a completely new city and country, Edie's mom does not come back home one day. Edie goes on a wild search in attempt to find her mother, accompanied by her school friend Jermaine.

This is a splendid book, full of mystery, adventure, and love. I'd rate it 7/10 as it is realistic in many aspects of the world around us today. It has inspired me to make a difference in the world, no matter how big or small.

- Danica, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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