The Klipfish Code
Anna Zbacnik, Library Media Specialist, put together this great video book trailer for The Klipfish Code.
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Frozen by Mary Casanova
for young adults


since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen. more »

Video book trailer for Frozen
New in 2015!

Grace and Grace Stirs It Up

The 2015 Girl of the Year books (from American Girl)—Grace, Grace Stirs It Up, and Grace Makes It Great—two new books writtern by Mary Casanova, introduce girls to an inventive, enthusiastic nine-year-old girl who is full of big ideas.

A planner at heart, Grace finds the courage to step outside her comfort zone during a trip to Paris that broadens her perspective and challenges her to try new things. Back home, Grace uses her newfound courage and culinary skills to start her own French baking business with her two best friends. Learning to combine their talents, Grace and her friends mix together some great ideas that, ultimately, lead to many sweet rewards.

To bring Grace’s story to life, a full-length movie will debut on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in summer 2015! You can find out out more on the American Girl website, including a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry®, the campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength®.

To further Grace’s message that working together is the best recipe for success, American Girl has created For Goodness, Bake!, Starting Jan. 1, 2015, American Girl is encouraging girls to host charity bake sales in their local communities and donate proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Because 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger in the United States, American Girl is helping ensure all children get the healthy food they need every day. For every $1 a girl raises, No Kid Hungry can connect a child with ten additional meals.

To kick off the initiative, American Girl has donated $50,000 to No Kid Hungry, and it invites customers to visit to donate directly and also at American Girl retail stores. Parents can visit to learn more about the initiative, to register for the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, and be entered into the For Goodness, Bake! sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 41 Grace prize packages.
Out and About
A night at the June 2014 Northeastern MN Book Awards with (2nd from left) MPR Host Cathy Wurzer, author William Kent Krueger, me, UMN Press editor Erik Anderson, and author Margi Preus.

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