Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Ms. Bixby's Last Day


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Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers.  The good ones. The not so good ones.  The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard.  The ones you'll never remember, the ones you want to forget.  But Mr. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile.  Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying.  Who you never want to disappoint.  What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan.  Through the three different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what MS. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve--and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her.


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Teen Pick of the Week: Salt to the Sea

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Young Adult

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Each born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies . . . and war.
AS thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.  Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling author Ruta Sepetys lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II.



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Pax



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Pax by Sara Pennypacker

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Small Frye Pick of the Week: A Child of Books ( Picture Book, September 2016)


Book Trailer Thursday: A Child of Books

This Book Trailer Thursday, celebrate Booklist’s Wednesday Review of the Day—and the impact of imagination—by “sail[ing] across a sea of words” with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. For this “sneak peek” of their upcoming homage to literature, A Child of Books (Candlewick)—out this September—prepare to navigate waves of words (Winston is known for his typography), “mountains of make-believe,” and spot a few familiar faces—Little Red Riding Hood, the Cheshire Cat, Mr. Toad, and more—along the way. Whimsical hand-lettering, dashes of vibrant watercolor, and stirring strings will have you hankering for September. In the meantime, don’t miss Michael Cart’s starred Booklist review, linked above.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: It Aint so Awful, Falafel



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It Aint So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas


     Zomorod ( Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time.  California's Newport Beach is her family's latest perch, and she's determined to shuck her brainy lonely persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name.  It's the late 1970's, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages.  Neither summer camp nor  puka shell necklaces can distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms


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Ages 9-12

Wilhelmina Silver's world is golden.  Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, Will feels that every day is beautiful But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult.  Lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls.  Where can a girl run to in London?  And will she have the courage to survive?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood & The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, grandfathers



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Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa 
Howell

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Picture book Ages 3+

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray?  As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine!
Based on a true story, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation--and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.  Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

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The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers by Avi

Juvenile Fiction-Grade School, ages 8+
In seven stories, one of our most treasured writers, Avi, introduces seven boys-boys who have fathers at homeand boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives.  By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, these stories reveal boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to.  That search may happen when dealing with a father's ghost, during a camping trip with a mysterious grandfather, while interviewing a potential dad, at a public reckoning, or in other situations that raise the question " What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?"

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