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
Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc. On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?
Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales is a lovely book that I would recommend from ages 8-12. It is very descriptive and makes you feel like you are in the book. It gives a nice twist at the end which leads to not putting the book down, it hooks you in. Tilly is a well-formed character that you can imagine in your head and make connections with. The book has a unique style by having characters from other books (Anne of Green Gables, Alice and Wonderland and Harry Potter) become part of this one. At the beginning of the book Tilly seems just like a normal character, but deeper in the book Tilly becomes adventures, daring, fearless and a very amazing character.
I hope to find more books like this one in the future, ones that are awesome.
-Naomi, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Seren has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to make friends, Seren discovers that she even more different than she thought. But as Autumn turns to magical winter, she realizes that uncovering her own family secret is the only way to release the forest from the grip of a dark and old magic.
Shadows of Winterspell is an extraordinary fantasy tale of a forest filled with magical creatures that is overrun by shadows. Becoming a dark place where the fae struggle every day to fight the shadows. There is hope however, because of the legend of a lost prince that will come and restore peace and happiness. I recommend this book to any avid fantasy reader.
-Philopateer, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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