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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

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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

$23.99 Add to Cart

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, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Good, the Bad, and the Bossy by Caroline Cala (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 7:15pm

$17.50 Add to Cart

Just when Malia, Dot, and Bree (aka the Best Babysitters Ever) corner the Playa Del Mar babysitting market, their lives get even busier. Malia’s evil older sister ropes her into a thankless internship. Dot must win the science fair. And Bree’s brand new cat turns out to be a holy terror. Meow! Malia is frustrated by the group’s lack of commitment until she has an idea so great it rivals the creation of the club in the first place: they can hire new babysitters and take a cut of their wages! It’s all of the money, and less of the babysitting. This plan is too perfect to fail. Until—spoiler alert—it does, in the most hilarious way possible.

I liked The Good, the Bad, and the Bossy because it was funny and interesting. My favorite part in this book was when Malia went to get some chocolate covered crickets because it was interesting to see if she could do it or not!

-Sooah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 3:29pm

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

I LOVE Guts, just like a lot of other graphic novels Raina Telgemeier wrote. This book is about grade 5 Raina! In this book Raina is face with problems about going through puberty after most girls in her class, she also has some tummy troubles. I like this book a lot because Raina Telgemeier is so good at expressing the character's emotions. I give it a 5 out of 5 rating!

-Hannah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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