Friday, April 4, 2014

New and Noteworthy: Bonus Teen Pick

Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight…

My name isn’t really Nick Pearson.

I shouldn’t tell you where I’m from or why my family moved to Stepton, Virginia.

I shouldn’t tell you who I really am, or my hair, eye, and skin color.

And I definitely shouldn’t tell you about my friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy he was about to uncover when he died—right after I moved to town. About how I had to choose between solving his murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program has taught me.

About how moving to Stepton changed my life forever.

But I’m going to.

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Teen Pick of the Week: Arclight

No one survives the Fade.

No one crosses the wall of light...  except for one girl who doesn't remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be. 

Arclight by Josin L. Mcquein
The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.


When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she 
didn't even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again? 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Pure Grit

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Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell

Pure Grit tells the important but little-known story of the heroic women who served in the Phillipines during World War II.  In the late 1930s, a number of young women enlisted for peacetime duty as United States Army and Navy nurses.  More than a hundred were stationed at several base hospitals in the Phillipines.

Pure grit is a story of sisterhood, suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life.  This is the story of how a group of women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need, all of them coming home alive.

This fascinating look into history is best-suited for older elementary or Intermediate grades. But any reader will find it a rich and informational read!

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: Robot Army Rampage

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Robot Army Rampage by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and
Steve Hockensmith


Warning: contains walking, buzzing, and flying robots you can build yourself!  When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch criminals-but to do so, they'll have to build four different droids out of ordinary household objects-and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them too!  Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind-and foil his army of rampaging robots-before it's too late?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops



Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops

Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops by Kris Galicia Brown

Make your treats pop!  Turn ordinary cake pops into true artistic masterpieces! You've never seen cake pops like these: 

Hot Air Balloons
Pineapples
Giraffes
Easter Baskets

Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, cake pop artist Kris Galicia Brown shows you how to shape, dip, and decorate over 40 amazing designs for any holiday or event. Learn her most mouthwatering and beautiful cake pops.

Make your cake pops stand above the rest with the recipes in Pop Art!

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: Ice Dogs

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Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson 

Lost.  That's how fourteen-year-old dog-sledder Victoria Secord has felt ever sine her father died.  A champion musher, Victoria is independent, self-reliant, and, thanks to her father, an expert in surviving the unforgiving Alaskan bush.  When an injured "city boy" and freak snowstorm both catch Victoria and her dog team by surprise, however, a routine trip becomes a life-or-death trek through the frozen wilderness.  As temperatures drop and food stores run out, Victoria must find a way to save them all in this high-stakes, high-adventure middle grade novel of endurance, hope, and finding your way back home.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New and Noteworthy: Bonus Teen Pick

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

He hugs trees and tries to save animals. He talks to an imaginary pigeon therapist named Dr. Bird. He often hates himself, but loves to recite Walt Whitman because it can be recited with exclamation points! And it annoys his father, the Brute, who dislikes all things that seem fun. And even though his parents believe life is better since they kicked his sister, Jorie, out of the house, James feels her absence deeply. How can James continue to wake up with a celebratory YAWP, like his namesake poet-hero?
James tries to connect the dots around his sister’s mysterious expulsion, but his mission falters as he discovers that some of her secrets are not that different from his own. Secrets not even Dr. Bird can help with. Might it take something radical to intervene–like helping his best friend or talking to a beautiful girl–for James to help his sister and truly celebrate himself?
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets is a 2014 Morris Award finalist!
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