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Be First Reading Club

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 at 8:07pm

Come join our Be First Reading Club, a teen book club with a twist! Instead of reading and discussing books that have been out for a while, we read and discuss books that haven't even been published yet.
Upon signing up, you get an Advanced Readers Copy, or ARC, of the selected book. On book club date, make sure you come back to the store to discuss what you've just read with our Winnipeg bookseller, Margaret.

Next Winnipeg Session:

Our next Be First meeting will take place on September 8th at 7:00 PM. We will be reading Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. There will be a $5.00 registration fee.

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (Session on September 8)
Mara wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. There is a boy in that mist, a beautiful young man dressed in black and able to move effortlessly through space and time. He is the Messenger of Fear. The Messenger sees the darkness in human hearts. He sees the evils done: the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying, the violence. And if the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, the Messenger will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.


Below is a listing of our most recent Be First books our teens have reviewed and their reactions to them. Click here to see our full repertoire of reviewed books. These are now available at a McNally's near you!

If you're interested in reviewing more books that haven't been released yet, check out our Two Thumbs Up review program.

Your Constant Star by Brenda Hasiuk
When Faye's long-lost childhood neighbor, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with Bev's plan. But Mannie, the joyriding daddy of Bev's baby, has a half-crazed romantic agenda of his own. As one cold, miserable prairie spring inches toward summer, a series of unexpected and sometimes explosive decisions sends the trio hurtling toward disaster. A darkly funny portrayal of three unforgettable teenagers feeling their way into adulthood in an imperfect world.

"A novel that will take you inside the minds we always think are wandering." -Sarah

"You will be introduced to different characters that you have never met, will never meet but can't stop thinking about." -Sam

"A book that will make you listen to those without a voice." -Sarah

"This gritty, truthful story explores the painful consequences these three characters face following the decisions they make." -Margaret

"A book with three personalities that will leave you 'Faye-zed'."

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, exploring themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family. Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? A thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

"Salvage is a story that shows how our experiences sculpt our personality and sometimes push us to our limit." -Sarah

This is a compelling sci-fi story about how people can rise above circumstances and change themselves . You will "fall" for Salvage." -John

"Salvage is a great read for science fiction lovers, set in the not too distant future. A bleak future, but hopeful at the same time. So many different and clever settings for the heroine, keeping the reader intrigued." -Margaret

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