Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

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

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A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:56am

Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world's worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it's Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.

A Week of Mondays has managed to be both funny and informative. I flew through this book in its entirety without realizing I was until I reached the last page. I enjoyed Ellie's narrative, it is full of humour, reliable and even addicting. She reminds me so much of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. It was amusing to see how Ellie changes her plan each Monday to save the "Monday" that she originally messed up. Although this book is centred around Ellie, I found the romance lovely as well, it is so fluffy and sweet and I wanted more. Despite the not-so-serious tone, the reader can find themselves nodding to the message that this book delivers, "Follow your heart and don't change for somebody else". I recommend this book to YA contemporary fans and those who are in the mood for a light, quick and enjoyable read.

I give it a 4/5 Stars

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

  

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 18, 2016 at 3:28pm

The book follows the story of a 18 year old girl named Charlotte Davis who struggles through losing a friend to suicide, cutting, and family problems, among other issues. 

In my opinion It’s a really important read for teenagers of all sorts, because it deals with very serious issues that some people have to face everyday and it also makes you appreciate what you have in life. I really enjoyed the way it was written. Told from Charlotte’s point of view, Kathleen Glasgow gives readers an in-depth look at what living with the struggles of self-harm is like. 

I would strongly recommend this book to all teens, especially those who are looking for a complex read, or those who might struggle with some of the same problems as Charlotte.

- Reese, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 5:43pm

Lana used to know what was real. That was before, when her life was small and quiet. Her golden stepbrother, Ben was alive. She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars. Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination. Then came afterAfter has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten. Love, blood, and murder.

Ben and Lana share a complex relationship, considering their horrible childhood. The stories Ben tells Lana bond them and make them closer siblings. These stories, although quite morbid, are unique and really interesting. Beakless black birds and rosary peas, an odd combination. Also in these stories, Lana and Ben are the common protagonist, always killing the villain the same way the villain killed its victims. Lana the Brave is outgoing and fearless, unlike her current realistic self. Lana's relationship with Josh Parker is short and not really there. Of course they're good friends, but if you're looking for a strong romance, this is not the book for you. They act nervous and semi-casual around each other, but you can't feel their connection. 

The mystery was kept alive during the entirety of the novel, and made me switch between many suspects. I couldn't figure out who had the right motive and how each murder was pulled off. Why did Maggie hide where she did? Why does everyone suspect it was Fitzgerald Moore? And what did any of this have to do with Lana and Ben? By the end of this thriller, Lana finds out the true nature of many of the people around her. Many are not who they seem to be, and each of these discoveries is even more captivating than the one before.

I rate it a 9/10

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Burning by Danielle Rollins (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 6:24pm

After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she'll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl's arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

Burning was just a random book that I picked up and at first I was really intrigued by the premise, but eventually as I started reading it, my opinion started to change. I find a lot of the times with standalone's, there will always be a loose end or two that the author never wrapped up because they had too much else to wrap up. This was one of those books for me, I didn't understand why half the stuff in the novel was necessary, or why they even existed. Where did the powers come form? Why was it a big deal to be able to give them to other people? Burning left me with more questions than what I started with.

Finally, probably the thing I liked best was that Angela didn't have the stereotypical body size like most YA girls do. It was lovely to see a change, and not have it made such a huge deal. There are so many different body types in this world, one way or another we have to get over that there isn't one body type that is "normal", and not treat them like they're such a big deal. Burning wasn't my favourite book, it was an interesting read but I won't end up picking it up again to read for a long time.

- Stephanie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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