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Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights by Randall Platt (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 at 11:08am

$21.00 Add to Cart

Have you ever been in a circus with a really mean ringmaster? Well if you have I’m sure you would’ve felt like Babe did. This is how it started. Babe was tall. In fact at the age of 10 she was as tall as a man! Yikes! One day her mean father called for her saying there was someone she needed to meet. So she went. This turned out to be Renoir, a circus ringmaster. He wanted her in the circus! So Babe had to leave her father and go to the circus. Renoir finds Babe an act. Babe was going to be Magnifica, queen of the amazons. Her new job was to carry a fake 500 pound weight and to fight men. Every time she beat a man, Renoir gave her a coin. But one day Renoir challenged Babe to beat up her own father. Babe had had enough! She and her friend Lotty, a small dwarf, decided to escape from the circus, they just need to get enough money. Will Babe and Lotty be able to escape? Read Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities and Delights to find out! I would give this book a 5 out of 5!!

- Sooah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 at 10:03pm

$19.99 Add to Cart

Jade's life hasn't exactly been normal lately, especially since her dad's cancer diagnosis. Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already--everybody else does sooner rather than later, including every best friend Jade's ever had. So she makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe--the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of. But when pretend Zoe appears in real life thanks to a magical experiment gone right, Jade isn't so sure if she likes sharing her imaginary friend with the real world.

Overall, I enjoyed Friend or Fiction. I found the character Jade relatable compared to other characters I have read about. She was more complex and I liked her development throughout the book.

-Benedict, a Two thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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

Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 at 9:52pm

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 liked Karen's Witch. It is full of drama, and excitement. But... there were some dull parts. The main character, Karen, thinks that her neighbour is a witch but her sis-in-law doesn't. But what if she is?!

-Sienna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 at 9:16pm

$24.50 Add to Cart

Secret Soldiers follows the journey of Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner, who lies about his age to join the Claykickers, a specialized crew of soldiers known as “tunnelers,” in hopes of finding his missing older brother. Thomas works in the tunnels of the Western Front alongside three other soldier boys whose constant bickering and inexperience in mining may prove more lethal than the enemy digging toward them. But as they burrow deeper beneath the battlefield, the boys discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood.

Secret Soldiers is a book I did not enjoy. It bothered me to think that this had really happened. It made me feel sad and scared.

-Joshua, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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

Monday, Dec 09, 2019 at 7:01pm

$25.99 Add to Cart

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
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