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Songs From the Deep by Kelly Powell (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 5:54pm

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he's one of the sirens' victims. Moira isn't so sure. Certain that someone has framed the boy's death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it's too late--for humans and sirens alike.

Even though Songs from the Deep claims it is a book about sirens this book is really more about humans. This book is heavy on the drama and more a mystery than a fantasy as sirens don't play a major role. The story's setting is a small island and is vaguely old-timey. There is a bit of a romance but it does not takeover the story as it does in some books. The plot hooks you right at the start but then it kind of drags for a bit. The mystery element could have been better as it's more pure luck that cracks the case rather than the main character's detective skills. Overall, I yhought it was a fairly good book, my main complaint being that there weren't enough sirens. I give this book 3.5/5 stars. 

-Norah, a Two Thumbs up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 3:42pm

I Know You Remember starts with Ruthie Hayden losing her mom in an accident and having to move back to her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. and then, on her first day back she is told the devastating news that her childhood best friend, Zahra, is missing. As Ruthie joins the search for her lost friend, she realizes that the the Zahra she's looking for isn't the same as the Zahra she left behind. As she begins to circle closer to the truth, Ruthie also finds herself circling closer to some secrets that may be better off left in the dark.

I Know You Remember is an incredible nail-biting mystery perfect for teens looking for a thrilling book full of secrets, twists, and turns.  Jennifer Donaldson has once again created a mystery so captivating and thrilling with a final twist that will leave you on your toes.

-Rowan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Fake by Donna Cooner (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 at 12:54pm

Maisie Fernandez is fed up. Fed up with the bullies who taunt her about her size and her looks. Fed up with being the butt of everyone's jokes. So, one night, Maisie goes online and creates a fake profile. "Sienna" is beautiful, skinny, and confident -- and soon she's messaging the most popular kids in Maisie's school. Maisie doesn't care about being friends with them. She wants to use Sienna to take them down. But as Maisie's web of deception grows, she's in danger of being exposed. And what will happen when the actual Sienna -- the girl whose photos Maisie has been using -- shows up in real life?

Fake was an incredible book and I plan on re-reading it many times. This book was very hard to put down and I was constantly wondering what would happen next. The characters really showed that you may think you know everything about someone, but there is so much more beneath the surface. I also really enjoyed this book because the characters were always growing along with the story. I would recommend this to people 12 and up.

- Jaya, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 3:27pm

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The Truth Is is a beautifully written book about Verdad, a Puerto Rican teen struggling with loss and exploring love and identity. Verdad is still trying to cope with the death of her best friend Blanca when she meets Danny. Danny is the first person she allows herself to get close to since losing Blanca and as her love for him grows, so do the complications. For example, her mother does not approve of her relationship with Danny because he's trans, and Verdad is beginning to suspect that her feeling for Danny are scratching the surface of who she really is and what she really wants and are starting to unveil her true identity.

The Truth Is, is this incredible book by NoNieqa Ramos that is very addictive and touches on many different topics including love, identity, racism, LGBTQ+, family and teenage struggles. I would absolutely recommend this book to other teens if any of these topics interest you.

-Rowan, a Two thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World by Anna Crowley Redding (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Jan 20, 2020 at 6:36pm

Elon Musk is the visionary behind SpaceX and CEO of the electric car company Tesla. He is working on unique and daring improvements to both public transit and solar energy. And then, there's his highly-publicized plans for colonizing Mars.But behind the mind-blowing headlines and legendary drive is the story of a bullied and beaten school boy, who through creativity and determination decided to rewrite his story and find his own way to make the world a better place. And to do so with a sense of fun and style.

Elon Mush: A Mission to Save the World does a great job at describing each and every aspect of his life. From his first small website to the massive corporate empires of SpaceX and Tesla, you will learn many things about the past, present, and future of his mission to save the world.

-Elliot, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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