Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Breathe by Scott Magoon


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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 Friday: 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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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Small Fry Friday: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook



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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Ages 8-12

Eleven-year-old Perry T. Cook shouldn't be living in a prison; he has committed no crime.  Perry was born and raised at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska.  His mom is a resident on Cell Block C.  So far, Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together.   Anyone who knows about the arrangement is quietly okay with it.  But when Perry is discovered by the new, ambitious district attorney, Thomas VanLeer, everything changes.

Forced to foster with the VanLeer family, Perry lives on "the outside" but feels trapped. His mom's parole hearing is just weeks away, but the rule bending that allowed Perry to stay with her could mean she'll get more prison time.  Desperate to be united with his mom, Perry goes on a quest to learn the whole truth behind their Blue River story.  But will the facts help them or hurt them?  Can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Small Fry Friday Pick of the Week: A Child of Books

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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.

A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy.  She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into a world of stories . . . where, with only a little imagination, anything at all can happen.

Ms. Jen: A clever picture book about the boundless world of a child's ( or anyone's) imagination. Charming text from classic stories forms the shape of the illustration, ' mountains of make-believe', and, 'forests of fairy tales'. Check it out!


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Spaced Out


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Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs

There's nowhere to hid on the world's first moonbase.  After all, it's only the size of a soccer field.  So when the commander of Moon Base Alpha mysteriously vanishes, the Moonies are at a total loss.
Though he may be just twelve years old, Dashiell Gibson is the best detective they've got.  But this mind-boggling mystery pushes Dash to his limits.  Plus, it turns out he's got something else on his mind-and the fate of humanity might be at stake.


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Friday, September 9, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read & Babies Don't Walk, They Ride

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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Nick has two cats, Verne and Stevenson.  They do everything together-except read.  So Nick has an idea: he will teach them to read too!  But reading can be hard and takes lots of practice.  Can his cats learn how?


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 Babies Don't Walk, They Ride

Babies may not be walking but they are always on the go!  They ride, slide, fly, cruise, and roll-joining in with the family activities throughout each fun-filled day.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: 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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