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The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Feb 21, 2020 at 3:51pm

Hartley Staples is a typical kid in middle school with lots of friends. One day his older brother Jackson ran away from home and everything changed.The family is concerned and worried. At the same time, mysterious letters begin to appear around the town.Everything is so distracting that Hartley can’t focus on his final project for school. He has to figure out how to get his work done despite the challenges. Will Jackson return or will life never be the same again?

The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster is a short read and a little disjointed. Overall a good read though. I can’t imagine having a sibling run away with no notice.

-Rebecca, from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 at 3:53pm

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The book, Into the Crooked Place is about a group of "buskers" (illegal magic vendors), who go on a quest to usurp their crime lord. A crime lord who has started to make dark magic that corrupts people, and turns them into mindless slaves.

It is well-written, but unfortunately is not very detailed about many of the locations mentions throughout the book. It also is not very informative about other important events that are useful parts to understanding the story, such as War of Ages. The magic in the story is not very well defined and the ending is rather unsatisfying. Although the final fight is very well-written and fun to read, the end outcome is the same: unsatisfying and slightly trippy.

In the end I still enjoyed it despite the lack of information about locations, people, and historical events that shaped the entire premise of the story. All of those things are small compared to the fact that the author wrote it fairly well. As well as incorporating diverse groups of characters with a good deal of character development that made it an enjoyable read in the end.

-Matteus, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 7:17pm

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Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time. Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but because she inadvertently passes as white, her cousin thinks she's too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices African Americans face on a daily basis. In the meantime, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school.

Color Me In is an amazing book about the struggles of finding your identity when you're a biracial child living in the hustle and bustle of New York City. This story talks about a girl named Naveah who's mom is a fairly poor black woman and her dad is a rich white Jewish man. She is torn between the two cultures and struggles to find her identity in school and even at home with her family members.

I would recommend this book to anyone who ha a passion for reading deep and intriguing stories.

-Philopateer, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Demon World by Sally Green (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Feb 09, 2020 at 1:43pm

King Aloysius has discovered the power of demons’ smoke. It can make a child faster and stronger than the most fit solider. With his power hungry ways, he plans to make an army like no other, an army of children. There are few who can stop him, Princess Cathrine, Ambrose, Tash, Edyon, and March. Coming from all walks of life, they must come together, go through the demon tunnels, thwart politicians and assassins, and stop King Aloysius plans before it is to late. I would rate this book a 2/5 because there is way to much love, sex, politics, and all the stuff I don’t like in a good fantasy book.

- Jubilee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Site News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Feb 03, 2020 at 7:55pm

It's the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She's always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she's also lived a normal mortal life -- attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.Now time is running out on her everyday, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn't sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey's true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires... in a big way.Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can't help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

I did not finish reading Season of the Witch because it is too scary. Sabrina is a kid witch, who uses spells in ways that she shouldn't. I picked it because I thought it looked really interesting. Later on I saw inside the cover that it is for kids 12+, I am 10. So older kids might like the book better than I did. I would only recommend reading this book if you are a teenager.

-Owen, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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