Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 6:30pm

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In the Shadows by Kiersten White (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:26pm

When two new boarders, brothers the same age as the sisters who live in the boarding house, arrive unexpectedly, the beckoning night pulls the teens out of the house and into a mystery. Something sinister is happening in their sleepy town, and the teens must uncover the truth about its shadowy history before the menacing past of one of their own catches up to them.

The book I chose to review this time wasn't one that I am normally used to reading. The book In The Shadows is written by Kiersten White and the illustrations are done by Jim Di Bartolo. The reason I said I don't normally read books like this, and the reason I chose it, is because it is a graphic novel. I am normally one to stick to the just the text stories but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and read something I am not normally used to. I was quite surprised with this story and I found it easy to get into. The art was brilliant to look at and played along to the story magnificently. The plot lines and the story as a whole was not only intriguing and well put together, it was very nice to see something play out in the view of the author through art. Keirsten White did a phenomenal job with the story and Jim Di Barrtolo did magical work with the art. It made the story all the more interesting for me and for someone who doesn't read graphic novels often. I was pleasantly surprised with the story. 4/5 is my overall rating and I would recommend this story to anyone who might want to explore their graphic novel side, as well as anyone who is already a fan of graphic novels.

-Katerina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

In the Shadows will be available on May 1st.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 7:55pm

This book is about a girl named Lara Jean Song and whenever she falls in love with a boy, she writes herself a letter about why she loves them and that helps give her closure. Until one day when all five of her letters is sent out to all the boys she once loved.

This book has become one of my favorites! The plot is awesome and it kept me intrigued the entire duration of the book. I read this book in only two days. It made me really happy and I loved every minute of it. I originally thought this book was going to be mostly a romance between two teenagers, but it turned out to be so much more than that. It has a great sister relationship which I found refreshing. Lara Jean's hero is her older sister and when her sister moves away for collage, she feels a little lost. But throughout the book she has some great development and starts to become her own person.

The ending kept me wanting more. I can't wait for the sequel and the first book hasn't even come out yet! I would say this book is for teens aged 14 to 17 because it does deal with some mature material. I would heavily recommend this book for everyone who is interested even a little. The cover is beautiful and if you have read Jenny Han's other series (The Summer I Turned Pretty) you will definitely enjoy this book. I gave this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Please check out this book.

- Lainey, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

To All the Boys I've Loved Before will be available on April 15th.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 9:30pm

Jackie Howard does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be the perfect daughter. And then...
Surprise #1: Jackie's family dies in a freak car accident.
Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters - her new guardians.
Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons.
Jackie is now surrounded by loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. She's not stuck-up or boring - no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents' memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak was an overall great book. The author gives great thought into her characters and the development of them and I enjoyed it greatly. The way the author writes the book makes it easy to connect to the characters and the story and it helped me understand what someone might go through in the same circumstances. I enjoyed how it went through the steps and told us little details that we wouldn't normally notice but helps make the story stronger and better. I found the book entertaining just imagining living in a house full of boys. It would be crazy and Ali Novak does a great job in showing us the hardships and the triumphs of living with 12 boys. Over all, I would give this story a 4/5. It was well written and easy to connect to. I would recommend this book to any teenager that enjoys a good story.

- Katerina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

An Evening with Kenneth Oppel

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 2:42pm

We're so very pleased to announce that one of Canada's most beloved authors, Kenneth Oppel, will be joining us on Monday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in Winnipeg to launch his new book The Boundless (HaperCollins Canada). The official event listing is here.

Oppel will be speaking about his latest work and reading selections before signing books for those in attendance.

Will Everett wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but after his family's fortunes change, he finds himself with a first-class ticket for The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won't be a smooth ride for Will. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags, murder, and illusions abound in this outsized middle-grade adventure.

Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General's Award-winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are Half Brother, winner of both the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book award; This Dark Endeavour, finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award; and Such Wicked Intent, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Canada's nominee for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit him online.

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