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 reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
The finalists for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!
These awards celebrate books written and published by Manitoban authors in the past year.
The COVID-19 pandemic of course means we will have to forego the usual gala celebration, but the winners will still be announced and celebrated online on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Look after the jump for all of this year's finalists...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg
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 reviewerCategories: 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 15, 2020 at 11:39am
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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