Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Small Fry Friday: Children of the King

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Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with uncle peregrine in the English countryside, safe from war, along with a young refugee named May.  But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding out in the ruins of a nearby castle, their extraordinary adventures are just beginning.

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: How Rocket Learned to Read

[Cover] How Rocket Learned to Read
Picture Book

Meet Rocket, a new student,
and his teacher, a little yellow bird.

Watch as Rocket practices singing out the sounds of each letter of the alphabet, discovers the delicious excitement of listening to stories, and finally, best of all . . . learns to read!

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: Plastic Ahoy!

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Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman

Cool New Non-fiction for Primary School readers!

Plastic: it's used to make everything from drink bottles and bags and toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn't belong--like in the pacific ocean?  How does it affect ocean life?  Is it dangerous?  And exactly how much is out there?

A team of researchers went on a scientific expedition to find out.  They explored the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have collected.  The plastic has drifted there from rivers, beaches and ocean traffic all over the world.  Most of it has broken down into tiny pieces the size of confetti.

For nearly three weeks of sea, researchers gathered bits of plastic and ocean organisms.  These samples helped them learn more about the effects of plastic in the ocean.  Follow along on the expedition to find out how scientists studied the Garbage Patch--and what alarming discoveries they made.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of "American Born Chinese," Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in "Shadow Hero," a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.



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Friday, July 11, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: This One Summer

This One Summer
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: Killer Instinct

This compelling debut follows the efforts of a girl who’s fascinated with a serial killer.
She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Killer Instinct
by S.E. Green
Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.

And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...
A zippy, gripping psychological drama (Kirkus Reviews).

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teen Pick of the Week: A Death-Struck Year

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

A Death-Struck Year
by Makiia Lucier
For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?


An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

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