Friday, March 13, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Anna was Here


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Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz

Anna Nickel does not want to move to Oakwood.  Especially when it is almost her birthday and she has a camping party planned.  Especially when the school year isn't even over yet! No fair!  What a disaster!

Luckily, Anna is a Gold Ribbon Safety Citizen, prepared for almost anything!  Unluckily, Anna isn't ready for cousins, lost cats, water balloons and rotten eggs, peculiar relatives, blisters, emus, missing moms, church potlucks, and tornadoes. . . .

Ages 9+

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe

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The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall

In this delightful and touching book of chimpanzee children, acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall shows us some of her favorite young chimps from the Gombe National Park, where she has studied the behavior of these fascinating animals for over half a century.  See engaging photos by Michael Neugubauer of some candid interactions, and notice how similar their emotions appear to be to humans. There's even a nice section on other flora and fauna (butterflies, skinks, finches and flowers) Jane notices on those days "when we do not find chimps." 


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan



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Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan by R. A. Spratt

When Mr. Green decides to get married, his children are horrified.  If he carries out his diabolical plan, he'll fire their beloved nanny.  Breakfast withuot chocolate?  Never!  Their father must be stopped, and Nanny Piggins, a former circus Pig and a champion baker, is just the pig to do it!


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Stella by Starlight

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Stella lives in the segregated south--in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it.  Some stores she can go into.  Some stores she can't.  Some folks are right pleasant Others are a lot less.  To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn't bothered them for years.  But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something that they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, change not welcome by any stretch of the imagination.  

As Stella's community--her world--is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire, and learns that ashes don't necessarily signify and end . . .

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Teen Pick of the Week: Tear You Apart

Tear You Apart
by Sarah Cross

If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.

Viv knows there's no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.
But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princess twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything--but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she'll join him and be his queen.

All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Teen Pick of the Week: Polly and the One and Only World

Polly and the One and Only World
by Don Bredes
Polly and the One and Only World is set in a much-diminished future America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and cataclysmic social upheaval, the story features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of rich heritage and tender ability in the craft. When the story opens, Polly is forced to flee New Florida, where she has taken temporary refuge to escape a military purge of the country's infidels, pagans, and followers of false creeds. With the help of her steadfast familiar, Balthazar, a raven, and her brave teenage companion, Leon, whom she meets on the way, Polly undertakes an epic journey from the deep south to the wild north to be reunited in Vermont with her family and to save her ancient craft from obliteration.
Don Bredes is a versatile, visionary novelist. His frightening, vividly realized depiction of our stricken land in the stifling grip of fundamentalists offers young readers a galvanizing motive for preventive action. Not only do readers learn a great deal about witchcraft and religious oppression, but the chilling aspect of an America dominated by hateful zealots in the wake of climate catastrophe presents them with an inspiring challenge-today-to forestall the dire consequences of climate chaos. Gloomy though Polly's world may be, her story does not make use of the horrific realism found in dystopian novels like Cormac McCarthy's The Road, or even in Susan Collins's Hunger Games. Rather, Polly and the One and Only World gives young readers a vision of a future that will inspire them to appreciate their own freedom and their own capacity to work for positive social and political change.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Teen Pick of the Week: Firefight

Firefight
by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

Newcago is free.

They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.

Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David's willing to take the gamble. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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