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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:43am

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The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 7:46pm

It has been sixteen years since the aliens have invaded earth and all other life has been wiped out. Except for one girl, Li. Li lives with her father and her sister, Zo. Unlike the others, she is human and has to hide the truth from the aliens, even her best friend Mirabae. When the truth slips out it is up to Li to fix her mistake without being caught.

I reallly enjoyed The Last Girl on Earth a lot because it expresses many emotions. It never mentioned the age of the characters, but they seemed older than fifteen because there was a lot of teenage love.

- Zoe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Be First Reading Club: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

by Solana Johannson - Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 9:17pm

The next Winnipeg session for our ever-popular Be First Reading Club will take place on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. We will be discussing Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman.

Cover image for Tess of the RoadIn the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy. Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret.

Copies are limited, so be sure to sign up early for a chance to discuss this great new novel.

The Be First Reading Club is is a teen book club with a twist. Sign up to receive an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the selected title and read a book before it's even published.
For more information, please call the Kids Service Desk at 204-475-0492

Categories: Book Clubs, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 3:07pm

Lylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way... The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off. Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives: YOUR TURN

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston was as thrilling as her other novels, The Cellar and The Cabin. It had the same action-packed plot line and adorable romance that makes your heart stop. The plot was beautifully written and I kept trying to figure out who the killer was. In the end, I actually figured it out about 50 pages from the moment it was revealed. Certain events eliminated different theories I had and at one point it became painfully obvious. If Preston's idea for her novel was to get the readers to figure out who the villain was, then it worked, but if she wanted it to be a surprise until the very last minute, it didn't pan out.

I also wish the author had gone a little more in depth with some of the characters' personalities and pasts, but otherwise I found myself seeing them as real people. I could picture their neighbour Nora semi-stalking their house and Sonny going out every night to have a good time. I would've liked to have known more about Charlotte and Sienna, especially Sienna. I feel like we should've known her better considering she was Lylah's best friend. Other than those few details, I absolutely loved You Will Be Mine and I can't wait to see what Natasha has next for us!

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

You Will Be Mine will be available February 6.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:12pm

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, but shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

Truly Devious has a wide range of complex characters and that have their own individual personalities and are actually very realistic. They each have their own special skill, like Stevie Bell is basically a detective, Janelle is a remarkable craftswoman and Hayes is a YouTube star who acts. These traits might seem a little unrealistic, but the school is meant for prodigies. Their personalities work together to make this one TRULY incredible novel. I know you're thinking to yourself, "Is this actually a good murder mystery, or will I know who it is right away?". Truly Devious is first and foremost exactly that. The plot revolves around the famous Truly Devious letters and trying to figure out who she/he is, and is does not go off on a tangent like some mysteries do. The plot stays on track of what you original expect and I'm very happy it does! I would honestly rate this as a 9.5/10. It has everything you need in a murder mystery: a witty main character, suspicious side characters, a very shady crime that has to be solved, and a slight romance that adds an edge and even more tension to everything going on!

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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