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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Friday, September 12, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: 13 Fashion Style Every Child Should Know


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by Simone Werle

If you love fashion and want to know more about different styles, their meaning, and their language, then this book is a must have.  It sends thirteen influential styles down the catwalk, from the early twentieth century all the way up to current looks like Haranjuku.

The patterns, cuts, and accessories typical of each style are described and each one is placed within the context of its time and social movements.  This book is the indispensible style guide for every young fashion lover! Get inspired!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Dumbest Idea Ever!


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The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

What if the dumbest idea ever changed your life forever?

At 13, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team.  But all that changed when the chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game.  Then things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school.  Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.

How would Jimmy turn things around, get his momentum  back, and maybe even land a date with the cutest girl in school?


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Teen pick of the Week: The Island of Excess Love

The Island of Excess Love
by Francesca Block
In The Island of Excess Love, Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. Now Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living in the pink house by the sea, getting by on hard work, companionship, and dreams. Until the day a foreboding ship appears in the harbor across from their home. As soon as the ship arrives, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. Trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles begin.
This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide. A powerful and stunning book filled with Francesca Lia Block’s beautiful language and inspiring characters.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Small Fry Friday Pick of the Week: Minion

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Minion by John David Anderson
A companion to sidekicked

Ages 8-12

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy.  When you live in New Liberty, known as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people:  those who turn to crime and those who suffer.  Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes--special devices with mysterious abilities--which they sell to the mob at a price.  With Michael's "gift" and his dad's ingenuity, they find a way to get by.  They provide for each other.  In a city torn apart by the divide between the rich and the poor, the moral and the immoral, this is as much of a family as Michael could ever hope for.

But then a Super comes to town, a mysterious blue streak in the sky known only as the Comet, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray.  The Comet could destroy everything and Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves.  And now Michael and his father face a choice:  to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.


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