Thursday, November 13, 2014

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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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Learn to Speak Fashion


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Learn to Speak Fashion: a guide to creating, showcasing & promoting your style By Laura deCarufel

Gr 6+
Whether it's as simple as wanting to look good or as ambitious as creating a work of art, fashion is so much more than the clothes in our closets.  Learn to Speak Fashion is about the ideas, skills, and-above all-the fun behind thinking creatively about what you and others choose to wear.  Full of revealing tips and anecdotes from top designers, models, stylists, and more, this book is the perfect guide to finding your way in this exciting world

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Map Trap

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The Map Trap by Andrew Clements

     Someone has stolen Alton's secret maps!  No, not treasure maps or anything . . . It's much worse.  Because these maps could get Alton into a world of trouble.  You see, ever since he was little, Alton has loved maps--studying them, collecting them, even covering his bedroom walls with them.  And now he also loves drawing them.  Sure, he draws regular maps, but his collection of secret maps?  They're  . . . different. Like the map about which cafeteria foods make kids race for the restrooms.  Or the map that shows what the regions inside a certain teacher's brain might look like.  There's even a map that plots how many time the principal says "um" during daily announcements!  Clearly, Alton needs to get his maps back.  But when he starts getting notes from the "mapnapper" telling him what he must do if he ever wants to see them again, it gives the phrase "uncharted territory" a whole new meaning.

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Teen Pick of the Week: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3)

Heir of Fire
by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth... a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: Girl Defective

Girl Defective
by Simmone Howel
In the tradition of High Fidelity and Empire Records, this is the literary soundtrack to Skylark Martin’s strange, mysterious, and extraordinary summer.
This is the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew everything.
It’s a story about Skylark Martin, who lives with her father and brother in a vintage record shop and is trying to find her place in the world. It’s about ten-year-old Super Agent Gully and his case of a lifetime. And about beautiful, reckless, sharp-as-knives Nancy. It’s about tragi-hot Luke, and just-plain-tragic Mia Casey. It’s about the dark underbelly of a curious neighborhood. It’s about summer, and weirdness, and mystery, and music.
And it’s about life and death and grief and romance. All the good stuff.
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