Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: A Riddle in Ruby

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A Riddle in Ruby by Kent Davis

Well, a thief in training. And a pirate's daughter.  A smuggler.  A picklock.  In a world ruled by alchemists who mix magic and science, Ruby has always relied on nothing more mysterious than her skill and her sneakiness.  Swindling and stealing are straightforward.

At least they are supposed to be, until she bungles the robbery of a young aristocratic lord.  Now Ruby's father has been captured, and she must flee deep into the heart of a city filled with characters both honorable and nefarious.  The Royal Navy and the leaders of a notorious secret society are hot on her heels.

Because Ruby has a secret.  One even she doesn't know.  The world is filled those who would help her, and thos who would use her to their own dark ends.  Can Ruby trust anyone?  Can she even trust herself?

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Copper Gauntlet

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black

The Enemy is close.  Very close.  Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'.  His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc.  His father suspects him of being secretly evil.  And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It's not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.  Call escaped to the Magisterium--but things only intensify there.  The Alkahest--a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic--has been stolen.  And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes--and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Teen Pick of the Week: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

(Source: epicreads.com)

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Imaginary Fred

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Imaginary Fred: by Eion Colfer

Ages 4-8

Did you know that if you the conditions are just right, and if you add a little electricity, or magic, or luck, that an imaginary friend might appear just when you need one?  An imaginary friend like  . . . Fred.

Fred is the best imaginary friend you could ever hope for, but no matter how hard he tries, the same thing always happens: his friend finds a real friend in the real world, and Fred fades away, but by bit, waiting to be wished for again . . .

Then one day, a boy called Sam wishes for a friend, and Fred appears!  For a while, everything is perfect.

But what about the day when Sam finds a real friend?  Could it be that this time, something magical might happen?

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Enchanted Air

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Margarita is a girl from two worlds.  Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy-tale kingdom.  But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of summers when she take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island.  Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.

Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba.  Margarita fears for her family.  When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts into the Bay of Pigs invasion, Margarita's worlds collide in the worst way possible.  How can two countries she loves hate each other so much?  And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

Tween/Middle Grade
Ages 12+

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Shackleton's Journey

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Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

Summary from Goodreads.com---
Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book

Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica.

Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the minutiae of the expedition.

Children will love examining the diagrams of the peculiar provisions and the individual drawings of each sled dog and packhorse. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience

Ms. Jen says--This is an amazing story about endurance and optimism in a situation when spirits could have taken a bad turn and cost these men their lives.  Shackleton's ambition and determination helped keep those spirits high and formidable.  Check out this inspiring, beautifully illustrated children's book.

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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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