Friday, December 12, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Animas: Legacy of the Claw

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Legacy of the claw
 
Grey, C. R., author.
 
Book 1.

Ages 9+

To Twelve-Year-Old Baily Walker, kin means more than just family.  It means being part of the Animas bond, a harmonious link that connects humans and animals, and guides everything in his world. But Bailey hasn't found his kin yet, and without Animas, he's destined to be an outcast--or worse, lose his mind entirely.  So when he's accepted into the prestigious Fairmount Academy, he's determined to Awaken to his Animas once and for all, even if it's a measly worm.

But once there, Bailey can't resist the pull of the dark mysteries surrounding the kingdom.  A bear has been viciously attacked on school grounds, and when he and his friends discover signs of a ferocious predator in the woods surrounding campus, he knows something's out there, something dangerous.  And Fairmount isn't the only place where darkness if brewing.  In the capital city, a new leader preaches that humans must assert power over their kin and enslave them instead of living as one.  

Bailey can't shake the feeling that the root of the unrest, and the key to his Awakening, lies in an old riddle entwined around an even older prophecy--a prophecy that may reveal the truth about the rightful king of Aldermere.  And Bailey may be the only one who can unravel them.  The capital's dark forces with stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from coming true.  If they succeed, the Animas bond will be in peril.  Can Bailey help protect the Animas bond while trying to Awaken to his own?

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle


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Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen

Ages 9-12

A tangle of ingenious riddles, a malevolent necklace called a torc, flocks of menacing birds, and a stubborn writing desk that refuses to reveal its contents: these are just some of the obstacles that stand between Gabriel and his father, Adam Finley, who has vanished from their Brooklyn brownstone without a trace.

When Gabriel rescues an orphaned baby raven named Paladin, he discovers a valuable family secret that may lead him to his father: Finleys can bond with ravens in extraordinary ways--sharing thoughts, speaking to one another, even merging into one being and taking to the air.  Along with Paladin and three valiant friends, Gabriel sets off to bring his father home.

They will soon discover that Adam is being held captive by the evil demon Corax--half man, half raven, and Adam's very own disgraced brother--miles underground in a foreboding netherworld of birds called Aviopolis.  Along with his army of ghoulish minions, the Valravens, Corax is plotting to take over the land above, and now only Gabriel stands in the way.

As Gabriel and his friends travel from the heights of New York City to the depths of Avipolis on their quest--and ultimately confront Corax--readers will be held rapt.


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: The Wake

The Wake by Scott Snyder
New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries: The Wake.
When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won't take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery.  But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!
Collects The Wake #1-10.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: Perfectly Good White Boy


Perfectly Good White Boy
by Carrie Mesrobian
Sean Norwhalt can read between the lines.

"You never know where we'll end up. There's so much possibility in life, you know?" Hallie said.

He knows she just dumped him. He was a perfectly good summer boyfriend, but now she's off to college, and he's still got another year to go. Her pep talk about futures and "possibilities" isn't exactly comforting. Sean's pretty sure he's seen his future and its "possibilities" and they all look disposable.

Like the crappy rental his family moved into when his dad left.

Like all the unwanted filthy old clothes he stuffs into the rag baler at his thrift store job.

Like everything good he's ever known.

The only hopeful possibilities in Sean's life are the Marine Corps, where no one expected he'd go, and Neecie Albertson, whom he never expected to care about.

"We're something else. Some other thing. I don't know what you'd call it. Maybe there's a word, though. Maybe I'll think of it tomorrow, when it won't matter," Neecie said.


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Small Fry Pick of the Week: Nest

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Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Grades 4+

Home is a cozy next on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi "Chirp" Prenstein; her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother.  But when Chirp's mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, the family struggles with tragic changes.

Chirp gets comfort from watching her beloved wild birds.  She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy from across the road.

Nest is Esther Ehrlich's remarkable debut novel.  Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting.  Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Mouseheart


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Mouseheart by Lisa Fielder

Ages 8-12

Hopper is Just an ordinary pet-shop mouse--until he escapes.  Soon he finds himself below the bustling streets of Brooklyn, deep within the untangles of transit tunnels, and in Atlantia, a glorious utopian rat civilization.

But all is not as it seems.  Hopper misses Pinkie and Pup, the siblings he list in the escape attempt.  Atlantia is constantly threatened by roving revels who with to bring the city to its knees.  And there are cats everywhere, cats who would normally eats a rodent in a second, but leave the rats unharmed . . .
and no one can seem to answer why.

Soon Hopper is caught in the cross-hairs of an epic battle, on that spans generations and species. As the clashes rage, Hopper learns terrible, extraordinary secrets.  Deadly secrets about Atlantia.  Painful secrets about his friends.  And one powerful secret about himself.


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Squeeze Play

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Squeeze Play by Cal Ripken, JR.

Grades 5-8

Corey Maduro should be thrilled about the Orioles going to the big Grand Slam tournament.  But whenever he thinks about playing, he feels sick.  For one thing, he's in a monster hitting slump, which shows no signs of ending.  Then there's Katelyn Morris, who thinks she deserves Corey's center field job and tries to outdo him at everything.  

But Corey's biggest problem is his dad, who turns into a howling, wild-eyed maniac at his son's games.  Joe Maduro ridicules the other team, gets into shouting matches with parents, and screams at the umps when calls don't go the Orioles' way.  It's so embarrassing that Corey wants to crawl into a hole--except Katelyn would probably dig a better hole and make him feel worse.

With Squeeze Play, the best-selling team behind Hothead, Super Slugger, and Wild Pitch delivers another funny and action-packed home run.


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