Saturday, September 21, 2019

NetGalley: Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Arden

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Title: Small Spaces
Author: Katherin Arden
Published: Sept. 25, 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 218
Review: ARC provided by publisher @ NetGalley
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After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner


Title: Aliens for Breakfast
Author: Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
Published: Sept. 28, 2011
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Pages: 64
Genre: 2nd grade on up
Review: Library book
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It's been ten years since Richard Bickerstaff sat down to breakfast and an alien climbed out of his cereal bowl! Join Richard and Aric, a tiny, wisecracking creature from the planet Ganoob, as they battle to save the world from evil aliens in Aliens for Breakfast, Aliens for Lunch, and Aliens for Dinner. We're reissuing the trilogy with brand-new covers sporting a space age 10th Anniversary logo. Now a new generation of readers can experience the fun and adventure that won these books rave reviews and loyal fans!

Sun! One in a Billion (Our Universe Book 2) by Stacy McAnulty , Stevie Lewis

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Title: Sun! One in a Billion
Author: Stacey McAnulty
Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
Published: Oct. 23, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 40
Genre: Space/Solar System/Sun
Review: library book

Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star--he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial "autobiography." Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully illustrated, Sun! One in a Billion is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean

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Title: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Author: Kimberly and James Dean
Published: Oct 1, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 40
Review: library book
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In this hardcover picture book, Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.
Fans of Pete the Cat will love watching him take his positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day!

Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete by James Dean


Title: Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Author: James Dean
Published: May 27, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 1st grade on up
Review: library book
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Pete is back in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean's I Can Read beginning reader Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete. When Pete gets a goldfish, Goldie, he decides to paint a picture of his new pet. Word spreads of Pete's cool paintings, and soon everyone wants one. But Pete doesn't have enough time to make one for everyone in town. With a little help from his mom, Pete finds the perfect solution so that everyone can enjoy a Goldie painting and Pete has time to finish his homework!

Friday, August 2, 2019

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade, Melanie Demmer (Illustrator)

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Title: A Place for Pluto
Author: Stef Wade
Illustrator: Melanie Demmer
Published: Aug. 1, 2018
Publisher: Capstone Editions
Pages: 32
Genre: Space/planets
Review: Library book
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Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn't fit it anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship. It has bonus material in the back matter to support curriculum.

It's Shoe Time by Bryan Collier and Mo Willems


Title: It's Shoe Time!
Authors: Bryan Collier and Mo Willems
Published: Nov. 7, 2017
Publisher: Elephant and Piggie Like Reading
Pages: 64
Genre: Children from grades 1st on up
Review: library book
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Bryan Collier turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair.