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Order of the Majestic by Matt Myklusch (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Dec 09, 2019 at 7:01pm

Twelve-year-old daydreamer Joey Kopecky’s life has been turned upside down. After acing a series of tests, he’s declared a genius and awarded a full scholarship at a special (year-round!) school. He’s understandably devastated, until he takes one last test, and the room around him disappears, replaced by the interior of an old theater.There, Joey meets the washed-up magician, Redondo the Magnificent, and makes a shocking discovery…magic is real, but sadly, there isn’t much left in the world. It may be too late to save what little remains, but for the first time in his life Joey wants to try—really try—to do something big. Soon he’s swept up into a centuries-old conflict between two rival societies of magicians—the Order of the Majestic, who fights to keep magic alive and free for all, and the dark magicians of the Invisible Hand, who hoard magic for their own evil ends.The endless battle for control of magic itself has reached a tipping point. For Redondo and the Order to survive, Joey must inherit the lost legacy of Harry Houdini. Will he prove himself worthy, or will the Invisible Hand strike him down? The answer will depend on Joey’s ability to believe, not just in magic, but in himself.

The Order of the Majestic is a well done book. It is a really fun read, that is full of twists and turns with a good healthy serving of adventure. On a good day, I read for around 3 hours, but with this book I had to read even more than that. If you believe in magic or magic of books this is the perfect book for you.

-Odin, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Freestyle Frenzy by David Lubar (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Dec 08, 2019 at 2:44pm

This book is about a Teeny Weenie. Today Teeny has a swim meet. At the swim meet she meets some super swimmers. Teeny thinks they’re mermaids and Angela thinks she’s crazy. So Teeny calls her brother, Jordon, and tells him to take Tugger, her dog, to the swim meet. Can Tugger help them find out if the other swimmers are mermaids? After Jordon and Tugger arrive, some interesting things happen. Let’s just say that some weenies get hurt, but that’s all I’ll say.

I don’t really find Teeny Weenies: Freestyle Frenzy very interesting, so I give it a 1 out of 5.

- Hannah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Beverly, Right Here By Kate Dicamillo (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Dec 07, 2019 at 6:31pm

Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it's not running away. It's leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn't want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn't want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can't help forming connections with the people around her -- and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.

I really enjoyed reading Beverly, Right Here even though it's not what I usually like to read. The characters were very believable and realistic, but there was not much adventure or excitement in it. I think this book would appeal more to older kids, like 12 plus, because it was not fast paced enough to capture younger readers attention. It is set somewhere on the coast of the U.S in a trailer park. Even though I have never had to face any challenges like Beverlys, the writing in this book made me feel like I was in her shoes. Overall, I think that this was a very good book, and I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

-Norah, a Two Thumbs Up Reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

My Corner of the Ring by Jesselyn Silva (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Dec 07, 2019 at 6:19pm

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The Middle Grade Memoir of a Girl Boxer and Future Olympian.

In this Lean-In style inspirational memoir, twelve-year-old Jesselyn Silva offers a ringside seat to girl power and what it takes to win in the ring and in life: punch by punch. My Corner of the Ring shows kids what it means to be true to yourself and stick with your dreams even when facing adversity and ridicule. Supported by her single dad, Jesselyn (JessZilla in the ring) first donned her boxing gloves at seven years of age, making her one of very few female boxers in the country. My Corner of the Ring charts Jesselyn's oft times exhilarating and heartbreaking journey to success in a male dominated sport where she struggles to find partners to spar with and combats the viewpoint that no one wants to see a girl fight. Despite an inhospitable environment, Jesselyn still has her sights set on the Olympics. With the help of her very dad, Pedro, who has instilled in her a strong work ethic, she just might make it.

My Corner of the Ring was probably one of the best books I have ever read! it is a thrilling novel in full detail! I like how it tells what it feels like to be her, a boxing champ! She really sets her mind to it until she reaches her goal. She tries to get to the Junior Olympics and comes home with a bronze! I really recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

-Riel S, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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