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The Pennypackers Go on Vacation by Lisa Doan (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Feb 09, 2020 at 1:27pm

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Mr. Pennypacker is cheap. But Mrs. Pennypacker has wrestled money for a vacation from his tightfisted grip, and the family is on their way to a Disney cruise. Charlie Pennypacker is thrilled to be going somewhere—an eleven story luxury cruise liner, 212-foot water slide, and an all-night buffet awaits! So Charlie thinks. The vacation is actually a Wisney cruise, which means a dilapidated fishing boat, fake Disney characters, no water slide, eggs for every meal, and his enemy Gunter Hwang, who has been brought along for thirty dollars a day. On top of that, the captain is on the run from sinister men in dark suits.

This was such a wonderful book! I liked all the characters. It was super exciting and fun to read. I think this book would be good for kids ages 9-12! If you like to read adventure books, this is the book for you! It was so good it was hard to put down!

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Lily's Story by W Bruce Cameron (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Feb 03, 2020 at 7:42pm

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Lily is the smallest puppy in her litter and the only girl. Her brothers are bigger and stronger and like to push her around. When Lily meets a girl named Maggie Rose at the animal shelter, Lily discovers things are not so bad. Lily’s size means that she can help other animals who are in trouble. It’s Lily to the rescue!

I found Lily's Story by W. Bruce Cameron a charming, and captivating read. Lily, the lovable rescue puppy from the animal shelter is my favourite character because she is very helpful to her friends and other animals. I especially love how the story is written from Lily’s perspective. Readers who enjoy W. Bruce Cameron’s Puppy Tales will certainly find this an adorable read.

Isabella, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T Smith (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 6:38pm

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Meet Mr. Penguin--Adventurer (And Penguin!)
When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there shadowy figures lurking about? And will Mr. Penguin conquer his fear of flying?

In Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets, Mr. Penguin has to use his detective skills to help some kids find their missing pet rodents and investigate strange happenings in a palace up on the tallest mountain. Mr. Penguin is a funny, round penguin adventurer that likes food, especially fish. He is clever or at least likes to make himself look clever. I liked how Mr. Penguin turned familiar pfrases into fish themed references such as "holy fish finger sandwiches." You don't have to read the books in this series in order, this is the 3rd book and I hadn't read any of the other ones and it didn't matter for this book. The illustrations and the differently coloured pages were pleasing although it did have a few fonts that were hard to read. Overall this book was humorous, exciting and a bit weird which I like. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

-Jasper, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 6:21pm

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Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

The things I liked about the Runaway Princess, it is interactive, there are 3 stories in 1 but with the same main characters and that the 3 stories all have the same base that the Princess runs away.

-Benedict, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The 12th Candle by Kim Tomsic (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 2:29pm

Sage Sassafras’s life is cursed! No, really. Since birth, Sage has been plagued by the Contrarium Curse that’s set her at odds with classmate Priscilla Petty.Every time something goes right for Priscilla, it goes terribly, horribly wrong for Sage. And things always go well for Priscilla.Sage blames the curse for all her middle school misery—from losing a friend to failing gym to gaining a reputation as the girl whose daddy’s in trouble. So when Sage is given a magical candle on her twelfth birthday, she seizes the chance to turn her luck around—with a wish to reverse the curse.But when the consequences of her wish take a terrible turn, Sage has to team up with her worst enemy—before she’s doomed to a life of opposites forever.

12th Candle is a really heartwarming story that has a lot of detail. It is interesting, has vivid words and messages that are meaningful. I like how the book is written and how it is told. If I were to change one thing it would be to provide more clarity on the father at the end. I love the theme in the 12th Candle about how to be thankful for what we have, and to not want to be or be like somebody else.

I would really recommend reading this awesome book!

Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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