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YA, I Read Book Club

YA, I Read is a young adult book club. Sign up at the Kids Service Desk to receive an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the selected title and read a book before it's even published. These books are pre-publication copies of books that are normally only available to industry insiders. On book club date, make sure you come back to the store to discuss what you've read with our other fantastic group members.

This book club is intended for young adults ages 18-22. If you're interested in joining the next session, please phone us at (204) 475-0492 or email us at [email protected] to have your name added to the contact list.

Next Winnipeg Sessions:

On May 22 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. Registration is $5.00. Copies limited.

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Cover image for StepsisterIsabelle isn't the beauty who captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fool him. When the prince discovers Isabelle's deception, she's banished. It's no more than Isabelle deserves. She's a plain girl in a world that values beauty. A stubborn girl in a world that wants her to be pliant. Her destiny is a life of misery. That's what Isabelle believes until she finds herself in the midst of a battle between Fate and Chance. Cruel Fate believes that an "ugly" girl with so much bitterness in her heart can never change her destiny. Roguish Chance believes otherwise. And so, Isabelle is given the opportunity to harness strength she never knew she possessed, and learns that while "pretty" is a noose around your neck, "ugly" is the sword that cuts you free.

Below is a listing of our most recent YA, I Read books our participants have reviewed and their reactions to them. 

Click here to see our full list of previously reviewed books. These are now available at a McNally's near you!

The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros (discussed April 17, 2019)
Cover image for Center of the UniverseGrace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why?

"A family torn apart by the disappearance of their mother is pulled together closer than ever before. A full circle story full of misunderstandings, mystery, and healing." -Catarina

"A creative story that touches upon many topics in this coming-of-age novel. This book made me a level seven on the bangle scale. It was a very enjoyable read." -Callie

"Ria Voros' The Center of the Universe has an interesting plot and a story of a family going through one of the toughest experiences imaginable. The book portrays several realistic relationships and slowly uncovers secrets and not-so-secrets of a missing woman through the eyes of her teenage daughter. The story is an excellent read for anyone looking for their place in the universe." -Emily

Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt (discussed March 13, 2019)
Cover image for Angel ThievesSixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…

"While reading Angel Thieves I found the individual story lines to be touching, but felt the overall novel to be very plateau. The story was not as emotionally pulling as I think it could have been. With that said, it was a nice and clean read." -Catarina

"Angel Thieves is an interesting, multi-narrated story of the past and present in Texas. The characters will capture your heart and the convergence of story lines at the end will reach a meeting of the stories of an escaped slave, an indigenous sculptor, an angel thief, and an ocelot." -Emily

"In Angel Thieves, you are introduced to a wide variety of characters whose paths intertwine. I found the story to be anti-climatic, but overall a good read." -Callie

"Angel Thieves is a study in historical connections and coincidences. Although it follows many different characters, it ties all the story lines solidly together with themes of parenthood and protection. The Bayou is a character in her own right, and she watches everything that happens." -Sydney