Friday, July 10, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: LumberJanes


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LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis

5th grade+

Friendship to the Max!
At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin PenniQuiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, things are not what they seem.  Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves.  Anagrams.  Luckily, JO, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!  The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.





















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Small Fry Pick of the Week: I lived on Butterfly Hill



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I lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin

Ages 10-14+

Eleven-year-old Celeste Marconi is a dreamer, a writer, a collector of words.  But then a new whispered word trickles into her life" "subversives--people considered a threat to the new government--are increasing danger.  Celeste's doctor-parents must go into hiding to remain safe, and Celeste, heartsick, must say good-bye to them.

But the situation continues to worsen.  More and more people are "disappearing," and soon Celeste herself is sent thousands of miles away, all the way to the coast of Maine--where she doesn't have a single friend or know a word of English.  How can she possibly call another country-a country where people eat breakfast out of a box, where the cold grays of winter mirror the fears that envelope her-home?  Will she ever see Chile again? And if she does-what, and who, will she find there?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat





Cover image for Here comes the Tooth Fairy CatHere Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood


Cat lost a tooth!  And the Tooth Fairy left . . . This coin.

A coin is nice, but what Cat really wanted was to meet the Tooth Fairy.  Aw, I'm sorry, Cat.

Wait-you have a plan?  Of course you do.  But be careful, Cat . . .

This time, you may just Meet Your Match.

**Clever book to share with your tooth-fairy-newbie. Simple colored pencil sketches and witty visual humor will charm adults and young-ones alike. -MS. Jen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Fog Diver


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The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

Ages 8+

A deadly white mist has cloaked the earth for hundreds of years.  Humanity clings to the highest mountain peaks, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the crowded slums and rambling junkyards.  As the ruthless Lord Kodoc patrols the skies to enforce order, thriteen-year-old Chess and his crew scavenge in the Fog-shrouded ruins for anything they can sell to survive.

Hazel is the captain of their salvage raft: bold and daring.  Swedish is the pilot: suspicious and strong.  Bea is the mechanic: cheerful and brilliant.  And Chess is the tetherboy: quiet and quick . . . and tougher than he looks.

But Chess has a secret, one he's kept hidden his whole life.  One that Lord Kodoc is desperate to exploit for his own evil plans.  And even as Chess unearths the crew's biggest treasure ever, they are running out of time.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Nightsiders The Orphan Army

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The Orphan Army ( The Nightsiders) by Jonathan Maberry

Ages 8-12

In a world filled with Bugs--monsters that ceaselessly ravage the earth--Milo Silk has a hard time keeping his dreams separate from reality.  So he keeps them locked up in his dream journal and hopes they'll never to pass.  But too often they do--like when his father disappeared three years ago.  Lately the Witch of the World has been haunting his dreams, saying he is destined to be the hero who saves everyone.  But all Milo can think about is how he fears the Bugs will attack his own camp and bring something even more terrible than ever before.

What Milo doesn't know is that the Earth is already fighting back with its own natural power in the form of Nightsiders, magical creatures who prefer shadows to sunlight and who reside in trees, caves, and rivers.


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Ice Cream Summer


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Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Dear Grandpa, so far, it's been a delicious summer. I am very busy.  But don't worry, I am not forgetting about school.  I read every day. I practice my math facts.  And I am even diving into world history.

Peter Sis's breezy, sweet, tongue-in-cheek vision of summer dishes up the whole scoop on everyone's favorite frozen treat--and proves that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds.

Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!

Ms. Jen says: Playful pastel illustrations set the cheery and yummy tone of this fun picture book. There is a neat little note in the beginning of the book with references to historical books written about ice-cream development, and key dates with facts and inventors are sprinkled throughout the text.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Rude Cakes



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Rude Cakes by Rowboat Walkins


Who knew cakes were so rude?!  In this deliciously entertaining picture book, a not-so-sweet cake--who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents--gets its just desserts.

Clever and witty tale about one demanding little cake who learns it's never to late to change his ways.

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