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Books & Gifts of the Season 2020

Friday, Oct 30, 2020 at 11:37pm

Our annual holiday catalogue, Books & Gifts of the Season, is now available!

This year there will be no print edition of the catalogue, and instead it will be entirely online. You can start exploring it here:

All of the items found in those lists can be purchased here on the website, in person at your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore, or by phone. For bookstore and contact details, including our current hours of operation, please visit this page.

We offer curbside pickup at our bookstores, delivery within Winnipeg, and shipping anywhere in the world via Canada Post. We can even giftwrap your online order and send it directly to your recipient.

Categories: Site News, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Create A Castle Kits

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2020 at 3:40pm

Become the Queen or King of the beach with your very own castle!

Create A Castle kits come with split molds to help you make beautifully detailed structures out of sand (or, when the time comes, snow!). Place your mold where you want to build, fill it up, then pop the latches and pull the mold apart to reveal your stunning new structure. Then use the extra tools to add more decorations.

We have two options of Create A Castle kits: a "Pro" set (pictured) with several molds, tools, and even some lights, and a "Basic" set with just the essentials to get your castle started. Both kits come with a handy mesh carrying bag.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toys & Baby

Normal by Magdalena Newman and Nathaniel Newman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Jun 01, 2020 at 4:49pm

Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel’s severe Treacher Collins syndrome—a craniofacial condition—meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? But Nathaniel looks at “normal” from a completely different perspective.

I think Normal is really awesome because, it is telling people to be more thankful for what we have because some people don’t have a much as you. I think that having two Jacobs in the book is sometimes a bit confusing. But I love that the book is supporting people with disabilities, facial differences or other medical problems. I like that it is written in Nathaniel’s perspective and also in his mom’s perspective. “Normal” is an outstanding book!

-Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 2:54pm

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge. But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

I love this book because, it is very interesting, and you just want to keep on reading it. I like that Zoe loves baking and is good at it, and is determined to get her mom to let her go on kids baking challenge. I think that there should be more clarification with the dad at the end. I like that Zoe is determined and curious to find out more about her dad and his life. Read this astounding book to find more about Zoe’s life as a 12-year-old! This book is awesome!

- Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen The Body under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn, Isabelle Follath (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 08, 2020 at 3:44pm

Aggie Morton lives in a small town on the coast of England in 1902. Adventurous and imaginative but deeply shy, Aggie hasn't got much to do since the death of her beloved father . . . until the fateful day when she crosses paths with twelve-year-old Belgian immigrant Hector Perot and discovers a dead body on the floor of the Mermaid Dance Room! As the number of suspects grows and the murder threatens to tear the town apart, Aggie and her new friend will need every tool at their disposal -- including their insatiable curiosity, deductive skills and not a little help from their friends -- to solve the case before Aggie's beloved dance instructor is charged with a crime Aggie is sure she didn't commit.

Imagine if famous mystery author Agatha Christie and her detective character Hercule Poirot got together as twelve year olds and discovered a dead body that is Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen. I liked Aggie because she was well developed and funny. Hector Perot was also a good character, he acted like Hercule Poirot and was also funny. There is only a bit of romance and only between the adults which I think is good because the main characters are only twelve. The murdered body was described a bit gruesomely but the book is still suitable for younger readers. This book was written in first person which I like because it makes you feel more involved. It also had good plot twists that made me feel excited and curious. The ending was believable but could have been more satisfying. If you like The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series than you will probably like this book. I give this book 3.75/5 stars.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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