Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:23pm

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

Categories: Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

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Kids Summer Reading Club 2015

by Shanleigh K - Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 3:38pm

Starting June 24th, our annual Kids Summer Reading Club will be back in full swing and will run up until September 4th.

The Summer Reading Club is a reading reward program for independent readers and the rules are super simple:
Read three books and pick a prize from our fabulous treasure chest.
Read six books and get a free book (under $10)!

Please register at the Kid's Info Desk on the Mezzanine to receive your reading club cards and get ready for a rewarding summer of reading fun!


To download this information, click the link below:
Kids Summer Reading Club.pdf

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

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 3:20pm

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so disguised as Sammy and Andy, the two girls head for the California gold rush. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

A girl killing a man because he was going to rape her, and a friendship between two girls which is more important to the plot than the romance, adorable cowboys, and unapologetic "girl talk"? What's not to like about this book? 

I give this a 4 out of 5 rating: one for the writing, one for the cover, one for the history and one for the incredible characters.

- Emily, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:06pm

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls tells the tragic tale of two girls; Delia and June. They used to be closer than sisters, bound by secrets and late night adventures until one night, about a year ago, when innocent fun turned into something more. June, Delia and June's boyfriend Ryan made a terrible mistake that resulted in the loss of their friendship. They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather's shed, but June doesn't buy it for a second. With guilt gnawing away at her, June makes it her job to figure out what happened to Delia. She wants the truth, no matter how horrible it may be. 

This book was good, but extremely twisted. I'd give it a 7/10 as I wasn't very fond of the ending. It has some content that would be more suitable for an older audience. 

- Aliya, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:33pm

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige is the much anticipated sequel to Dorothy Must Die, the first book in her "dark Wizard of Oz" series and it does not disappoint! In the sequel, Amy Gumm and her rag-tag band of wingless monkeys and the crazy princess Ozma continue their quest to de-throne Dorothy. Much like the first book, to defeat Dorothy they will have to complete a series of tasks such as stealing the Lion's courage, the Tin man's heart and finally returning the magic to Oz.

One of the Paige's strengths is her ability to connect readers with her characters. For example, Amy Gumm is a poor girl from Kansas who suddenly finds herself in the magical world of Oz—much like her readers. Another strength of the book, is that it's full of action without being full of boring fight scenes that repeat themselves over and over.

In conclusion, The Wicked Will Rise is an action-packed fantasy book filled with great relatable characters. Fans of Danielle Paige are sure to love the sequel to the already popular Dorothy Must Die.

- Reese, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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