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Monday, Mar 23, 2020 at 1:39pm

Nothing is more important to us than the communities we are a part of, however during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic we must of course reimagine ourselves for the health and well-being of our friends and neighbours. McNally Robinson has always been a place of gathering, but as that potentially becomes a problem rather than a benefit we feel the need to change some of the ways you are accustomed to us functioning.

We are still here to provide you with books, music, and all of the items we normally sell, either in person at one of our bookstores or from a safe distance by phone or through our online store. In both Winnipeg and Saskatoon we're offering curbside pickup, delivery, and we ship all across the globe.

Otherwise we have unfortunately had to cancel or postpone our events and Community Classroom programs for the foreseeable future.

For more information on our response to the COVID-19 crisis, including details on how you can still shop with us, please see this page.

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 3:03pm

$21.00 Add to Cart

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge. But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

I love this book because, it is very interesting, and you just want to keep on reading it. I like that Zoe loves baking and is good at it, and is determined to get her mom to let her go on kids baking challenge. I think that there should be more clarification with the dad at the end. I like that Zoe is determined and curious to find out more about her dad and his life. Read this astounding book to find more about Zoe’s life as a 12-year-old! This book is awesome!

- Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 2:50pm

$23.99 Add to Cart

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Just when Winnie's ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he's been diagnosed with ALS. Her dad's still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie's prepared to be his straight man if that's what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie's struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

I very strongly suggest reading Crying Laughing. This book was an incredible read because the transitions between the very intense parts and the comedic parts were so smooth. In my opinion the ending was not very satisfying, and it seemed like there could have been more to the story. I suggest this book to anyone looking to go on an emotional roller coaster ride and I plan on reading more from this author.

Jaya, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen The Body under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn, Isabelle Follath (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 11:39am

$18.99 Add to Cart

Aggie Morton lives in a small town on the coast of England in 1902. Adventurous and imaginative but deeply shy, Aggie hasn't got much to do since the death of her beloved father . . . until the fateful day when she crosses paths with twelve-year-old Belgian immigrant Hector Perot and discovers a dead body on the floor of the Mermaid Dance Room! As the number of suspects grows and the murder threatens to tear the town apart, Aggie and her new friend will need every tool at their disposal -- including their insatiable curiosity, deductive skills and not a little help from their friends -- to solve the case before Aggie's beloved dance instructor is charged with a crime Aggie is sure she didn't commit.

Imagine if famous mystery author Agatha Christie and her detective character Hercule Poirot got together as twelve year olds and discovered a dead body that is Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen. I liked Aggie because she was well developed and funny. Hector Perot was also a good character, he acted like Hercule Poirot and was also funny. There is only a bit of romance and only between the adults which I think is good because the main characters are only twelve. The murdered body was described a bit gruesomely but the book is still suitable for younger readers. This book was written in first person which I like because it makes you feel more involved. It also had good plot twists that made me feel excited and curious. The ending was believable but could have been more satisfying. If you like The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series than you will probably like this book. I give this book 3.75/5 stars.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 at 1:41pm

$21.99 Add to Cart

Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc. On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?

Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales is a lovely book that I would recommend from ages 8-12. It is very descriptive and makes you feel like you are in the book. It gives a nice twist at the end which leads to not putting the book down, it hooks you in. Tilly is a well-formed character that you can imagine in your head and make connections with. The book has a unique style by having characters from other books (Anne of Green Gables, Alice and Wonderland and Harry Potter) become part of this one. At the beginning of the book Tilly seems just like a normal character, but deeper in the book Tilly becomes adventures, daring, fearless and a very amazing character.

I hope to find more books like this one in the future, ones that are awesome.

-Naomi, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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