Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Book Club Bonus! Savvy by Ingrid Law

* Savvy is not  a new book, but it's being discussed during our first 2016 Book Club for grades 4-5. If you would like to join us, sign-up by phone 781-834-5535, online, or come on in and inquire.

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For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up -and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Click on the title to place it on hold at the Ventress Memorial Library!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Thing About Jellyfish

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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Suzy Swanson has always known things that others don't.  She can explain the sleep patterns of ants.  She knows there are 150 million jellyfish stings on the planet every year.  She knows that the average middle school kid contains about 20 billion of Shakespeare's atoms.  But she can't understand how Franny Jackson's lifetime could be cut so short . . . before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she'd ever done to her friend.

 As Suzy retreats into a silent world of her imagination, she finds that the universe won't allow escape into grief.

Click on the title to place it on hold at the Ventress Memorial Library!