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Books We Love: Smart Cookie

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It’s not often that a book about loss leaves your heart feeling full. Somehow, Smart Cookie manages to do just that. Frankie Greene lives with her dad and grandmother at the Greene Family B&B in a small Vermont town. She has a great friend named Elliot, some great cookie recipes, a pet hedgehog, and a beagle named Lucy. However, things don’t seem to be quite right. Business is slowing down at the bed and breakfast, Frankie’s former best friend is causing trouble for her, and Frankie doesn’t think she’ll have a “full” family in time for the Winter Family Festival Parade. Frankie’s determined to find a new mom, save the B&B, and “complete” her family – but she doesn’t have much time!

Elly Swartz’ storytelling makes Smart Cookie a standout for middle grade readers. Her incredible ability to describe people and places turn the book into a model for imagery. Readers will fall in love with Frankie, her family, and the cast of characters in Dennisville, Vermont. Readers will feel Frankie’s losses and joys, her victories and her defeats. Swartz brings readers along for the ride in a remarkable way.

In addition to being a powerful story, Smart Cookie explores some powerful questions about love and loss. Readers will question what it means to be a family, and they’ll be reminded how love can show up when you are least expecting it.


Smart Cookie will be released on January 30th, 2018 by Scholastic Press.

Huge thanks to Elly Swartz and Scholastic Press for sharing a copy of Smart Cookie with our #bookexcursion group! #bookexcursion is a group of ten educators who read and share new children’s and middle grade titles. For more of my #bookexcursion reviews, click here!

Teaser Tuesday: The Marvels

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post challenge hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Each week, I’ll be posting a teaser from my current read!

This week, I’m doing something a little different for Teaser Tuesday. I haven’t started reading The Marvels yet, but I’ve pre-ordered it on Amazon and I can’t wait for my copy to arrive in September.

This week, Brian Selznick released a book trailer for his latest middle grade book, The Marvels. As all my friends know, Selznick’s two previous books (Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret) are two of my favorite historical fiction reads of all time.

The trailer for The Marvels doesn’t disappoint. Taking place from the 1700s to the 1990s, it seems like The Marvels will be another great historical fiction read for 4th-6th graders.

Teaser from the book trailer of The Marvels:

“Joseph was lost. Somewhere far away the headlights of a car swept through the snowy night. He stopped to rest beneath a low passageway off an ancient cobblestone street. A single rusting street lamp flickered nearby. He put down his heavy suitcase, dried off his glasses, and coughed. Joseph was shocked he’d made it all the way to London without being caught. But then again, the headmaster at St. Anthony’s was probably relieved he was gone…”

The full book trailer is available to watch here:

Do you have a Teaser Tuesday to share? Comment below and I’ll be sure to take a look!