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Karen's Witch: Baby-sitters Little Sister Graphic by Ann M Martin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 08, 2020 at 2:54pm

Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away once and for all?

I really liked Karen’s Witch because it's funny and has two good messages. To never spy on people, and to not always make assumptions about things or people. I like that is based of the Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin. The only thing I would change is that Karen’s brother would be in the book more. I like that the author also added the mom’s side. Overall I think this book is amazing! I really think you should read it!

- Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Give and Take by Elly Swartz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 01, 2020 at 2:05pm

Family has always been important to twelve-year-old Maggie: a trapshooter, she is coached by her dad and cheered on by her mom. But her grandmother's recent death leaves a giant hole in Maggie's life, one which she begins to fill with an assortment of things: candy wrappers, pieces of tassel from Nana's favorite scarf, milk cartons, sticks . . . all stuffed in cardboard boxes under her bed. Then her parents decide to take in a foster infant. But anxiety over the new baby's departure only worsens Maggie's hoarding, and soon she finds herself taking and taking until she spirals out of control. Ultimately, with some help from family, friends, and experts, Maggie learns that sometimes love means letting go.

I personally liked the book Give and Take because the main character Maggie is going through a lot of things and she has to find a way to deal with her emotions. Maggie's Nana died one year ago which really affects her throughout the story. Maggie has also started collecting little things like straws and rocks. Maggie then has to go to therapy because she has a fear that if she throws anything away she will loose the memory that comes with the item. I wish that I could meet Maggie because she seems like a really good friend, but also someone that makes good decisions. I think someone who's around the age of 10 would really enjoy this book. 

- Ilsa, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Parked by Danielle Svetcov (by a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Feb 28, 2020 at 6:13pm

Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade. Cal is tall, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her. Jeanne Ann is roughly as enthusiastic about his help as she is about living in a van. As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they're buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters, who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. Debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, nailing heartbreak and hope, and pulling it off with a humor and warmth that make the funny parts of Jeanne Ann and Cal's story cathartic and the difficult parts all the more moving.

I really liked Parked. The story's transitions were very smooth and the plots' interconnectedness pulled everything together nice and neat. The characters friendship evolved slowly, yet from Jeanne Ann's perspective everything is going so fast it's hard to process. In a heartwarming but sometimes sad story about San Francisco homelessness, Danielle Svetcov plunges into the depths of the unknown/not-wanted-to-be-known and brings out this amazing book. 

-Benedict, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentice (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at 7:15pm

Oscar Grimstone is a normal kid—aside from his secret Curse. Whenever he touches something living, like a flower or his classroom goldfish, they always seem to die. But then Oscar discovers an even bigger secret: even though he is very much alive, he has the ability to transform into a ghost. Just when he thinks things can't get any stranger two ghosts show up at his home in a skeleton carriage and he winds up joining them on a journey beyond the real world to a place he never knew existed—the city of ghosts. There Oscar will discover a place where people go once they die, before they aboard a ship to the The Other Side. But will he find out who he really is?

Ghost and Bone was a wonderful book! It was very creative and exciting! It was very fun to read. I thought this book was good for ages 9 to 12. If you have read Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key you should read this book!

- Andrew, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Feb 24, 2020 at 8:19pm

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Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It's a little disconnected from the outside world, but she's always felt completely safe there. Which is why when she's asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it's no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she's pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn't even worried that she left her inhaler at home. Then the shaking begins. The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help—and their parents—are both blocked. Which means they're stranded and alone... With Hannah in charge, as things go from bad to dangerous.

I think that The Disaster Days is a really awesome book. If you are into adventure or survival books, you will really like this one because it has to do with both of those genres. I think this book is great because there is just so much going on that is so scary and also kind of cool at the same time. I like to imagine myself in the same situation and think what I would have done differently. My favourite part is when Hannah was dragging both of the injured kids in a wagon behind her, in hopes of finding other people that had survived the earthquake. In the end I think that this book was great and that you should definitely get this book to read for yourself.

-Lincoln, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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