Thursday, April 20, 2017

Small Frye Pick of the Week: Detective Gordon, A Case in Any Case



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Detective Gordon: A Case in any Case

Grades 1-4

Buffy was suddenly frightened. A small mouse alone in the big forest.  The wind howled and her tail was ice-cold.  Her whiskers trembled.  Maybe she should call the police.  The she remembered: she was the police.

Gordon has retired and Buffy is the sole detective at the small police station in the forest.  It is not easy for a police officer to be alone.  Especially when there are strange noises outside the station at night.

Buffy decides to seek out Gordon to help solve the mystery.  After all, two police think twice as well as one.  Two police are twice as brave!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Sticks and Stones



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Sticks and Stones 
by Abby Cooper
                           

          Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs.  At first it was CUTE and ADORABLE, but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like LOSER and PATHETIC appear, and those words bubble up and itch.  Then there are words like INTERESTING, which she's not really sure how to feel about.

          Now at age twelve, Elyse is starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying,


                                            I KNOW WHO YOU ARE,

                                                AND I KNOW WHAT
                       
                                           WHAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH.

                                                I WANT TO HELP. 

      Can Elyse figure out who is sending the notes--and how to be happy with herself?

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: A Silent Voice

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A Silent Voice By Yoshitoki, Oima

Teen Ages 12+ Manga/Graphic Novel

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn



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Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson


J Graphic Novel
Grades 3+

Phoebe and her Unicorn is back with more sparkles than ever! In this 4th volume, join in the adventure as Phoebe and Marigold confront messy rooms, trouble at school, and a nasty case of "Sparkle Fever."  Follow the pair back to Camp Wolfgang, where their old pals Sue ( a.k.a. "Monster Girl") and Ringo, the lake creature, remind them that being weird is WAY more fun than being normal.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: See You in the Cosmos



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See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

All eleven-year-old Alex Petroski wants is to launch his golden iPod into space.  With a series of audio recordings, he'll show other life-forms what life on Earth-his Earth-is really like.

But for a boy with a long-dead-dad, a troubled mom, and a mostly not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions:  Where do I come from?  Who's out there?  And above all, how can I be brave?

Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on an extraordinary road trip with his dog Carl Sagan-names for Alex's hero, the real-life astronomer.   But his destination keeps changing.  And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover--secrets that will turn h is universe upside down.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Breathe


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Breathe by Scott Magoon


Swim!  Breath.  Play all day.

An encouraging nudge from his mother starts this little whale off on a big adventure.  Follow him as he explores a marine cave and makes new friends, and when trouble lurks, help is just a flipper away.  At the heart of this book is the gentle reminder to take time to breathe.

Young readers will be drawn to this story of discovery and independence.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Bitty Bot


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Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

Picture  Book

Simple rhymes, with fun new robot-themed vocabulary words create a fun atmosphere for the reluctant sleepyhead.  A new must for young kids who love robots and outer space!

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