Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Bunny Dreams

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Bunny Dreams by Peter McCarthy

In Bunny dreams, anything can happen.  A bunny might know the A-B-C's or count by 1, 2, 3.  A bunny might hop, hop,hop . . . or even fly!

But every bunny needs a cozy place to rest.  This is the perfect bedtime book for bunnies everywhere.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Book Club Bonus! Savvy by Ingrid Law

* Savvy is not  a new book, but it's being discussed during our first 2016 Book Club for grades 4-5. If you would like to join us, sign-up by phone 781-834-5535, online, or come on in and inquire.

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For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up -and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Thing About Jellyfish

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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Suzy Swanson has always known things that others don't.  She can explain the sleep patterns of ants.  She knows there are 150 million jellyfish stings on the planet every year.  She knows that the average middle school kid contains about 20 billion of Shakespeare's atoms.  But she can't understand how Franny Jackson's lifetime could be cut so short . . . before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she'd ever done to her friend.

 As Suzy retreats into a silent world of her imagination, she finds that the universe won't allow escape into grief.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: A Riddle in Ruby

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A Riddle in Ruby by Kent Davis

Well, a thief in training. And a pirate's daughter.  A smuggler.  A picklock.  In a world ruled by alchemists who mix magic and science, Ruby has always relied on nothing more mysterious than her skill and her sneakiness.  Swindling and stealing are straightforward.

At least they are supposed to be, until she bungles the robbery of a young aristocratic lord.  Now Ruby's father has been captured, and she must flee deep into the heart of a city filled with characters both honorable and nefarious.  The Royal Navy and the leaders of a notorious secret society are hot on her heels.

Because Ruby has a secret.  One even she doesn't know.  The world is filled those who would help her, and thos who would use her to their own dark ends.  Can Ruby trust anyone?  Can she even trust herself?

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Copper Gauntlet

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black

The Enemy is close.  Very close.  Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'.  His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc.  His father suspects him of being secretly evil.  And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It's not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.  Call escaped to the Magisterium--but things only intensify there.  The Alkahest--a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic--has been stolen.  And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes--and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Teen Pick of the Week: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Imaginary Fred

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Imaginary Fred: by Eion Colfer

Ages 4-8

Did you know that if you the conditions are just right, and if you add a little electricity, or magic, or luck, that an imaginary friend might appear just when you need one?  An imaginary friend like  . . . Fred.

Fred is the best imaginary friend you could ever hope for, but no matter how hard he tries, the same thing always happens: his friend finds a real friend in the real world, and Fred fades away, but by bit, waiting to be wished for again . . .

Then one day, a boy called Sam wishes for a friend, and Fred appears!  For a while, everything is perfect.

But what about the day when Sam finds a real friend?  Could it be that this time, something magical might happen?

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