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Three Times Lucky

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ISBN: 9780803736702
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Miss Moses Lobeau, and her friend Dale, are self appointed detectives in the small town of Tupelo, NC. Lost your cat, they'll find it. Now there has been a murder, and people are disappearing. Can they help? Meanwhile Mo is trying to solve her own personal mystery. This is a fast moving, and fun read.


Fifth Business

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By Robertson Davies, Gail Godwin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141186153
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2001

It is always good to discover an author, but especially if he is Robertson Davies. (I know, where have I been?) This first volume of the Deptford Trilogy is a well-told tale that ends with a twist. Though it stands alone well, I am now deep into the second book and look forward to the third.


Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

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By Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781568586434
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Published: Nation Books - June 12th, 2012

An eloquent and unsettling visual telling of the plight of the poorest in America. We have failed these regions, these peoples with the pursuit of wealth. It is impossible to walk away after reading this and do nothing about the grab for money power in Washington.

Jane J

The Bartender's Tale

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ISBN: 9781594487354
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 21st, 2012

In The Bartender’s Tale, Ivan Doig creates a new chapter in the town of Gros Venture, Montana.  Rusty, a boy of twelve and “an accident between the sheets,” narrates his summer with his father, Tom Harry, bartender and owner of the Medicine Lodge. Rusty never knew his mother, and their simple life unravels as he wonders who she is. The tension between his father’s past and his love for his son is a story told with wit and craft.


Paper Made!

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Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761159971
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Published: Workman Publishing - May 9th, 2012

101 crafts included here for home design, fashion, and party decor. I
love how the author expands the idea of paper crafts to include other
materials such as cardboard, album sleeves --even movie tickets!
Instructions are simple to follow, and each project comes with an
easy-to-difficult rating. Tons of gift ideas too. A great addition to
one's craft collection.Jennifer


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By Boaz Yakin, Joe Infurnari (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436800
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Published: First Second - June 19th, 2012

As the Persians prepare to attack Athens, the city sends its swiftest messenger over 150 miles to Sparta for reinforcements.  Then, injured and exhausted, he must run another 26 miles from the battlefield to Athens in a desperate last stand for Greece's fledgling Democracy. Set a generation before the battle that inspired 300, Marathon is the true story of men who lost everything under tyranny and sacrificed their lives to fight it.  Infurnari's drawings bristle with tension in this raw and unexpectedly relevant graphic novel.


The Polar Bear Scientists

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ISBN: 9780547283050
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 10th, 2012

Future wildlife biologists will appreciate the wealth of information and amazing photos in this new picture book.  Part of a series called "Scientists in the Field," The Polar Bear Scientists follows a team of arctic field researchers as they set out to track and tag bears.  You'll learn about the helicopter mechanic, the student interns, and everyone whose work provides international policy makers with important data about the health of the arctic.Recommended for ages 7 and up.



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ISBN: 9781596914278
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 4th, 2008

Of our three favorite "Ancient Rome proto-detective" series, Steven Saylor has great historical figure portraits, Lindsay Davis has a bit o' the music hall and Ruth Downie has Tula - the Celt slave of the army doctor/investigator Gaius Ruso.  Slave she may (start out to) be, but she causes no end of...complications for our hero.  Medicus is the 1st book of the series, all of which are vastly satisfying.


Cold Comfort Farm

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By Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss (Introduction by), Roz Chast (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039594
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

Delightful- just delightful- English comedy of manners about a young woman trying to reform her uncouth country cousins. Being a bit short of cash, young Flora Poste goes to stay with her relatives the Starkadders and immediately sets about trying to bring a bit of civilization to the place. The characters and setting are unforgettable, the writing crisp and perfect. You’ll never want this lovely book to end.


The Emily Dickinson Reader

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ISBN: 9781936365982
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Published: McSweeney's - August 14th, 2012

More than just a clever joke, The Emily Dickinson Reader is an insightful look at Emily Dickinson’s work and a wise work of poetry its own right. Through his “translations,” Legault reveals a darker and funnier Dickinson than we might have assumed, while creating a strange synthesis work shining with its own kind of brilliance. This is how he translates poem 432 ““I cannot write people back to life. As hard as I might try. And I do. Furiously. Like a wizard. Or a grammarian.”


Comfort Me with Offal

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ISBN: 9781449427481
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 4th, 2012

The elusive Ruth Bourdain, the popular Twitter mash-up satirist, has left the 140-character world for a lengthier version of her hilarious take on the food world. She skewers food memoirs, food trends, and celebrity chefs. Perfect for all the foodies out there and anyone who appreciates more than a dollop of sarcasm.


Liar and Spy

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ISBN: 9780385737432
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 7th, 2012

When Georges meets Safer, the dog-walking, coffee-drinking, parrot-watching kid in his new apartment building, the two become fast friends.  Georges helps spy on the mysterious man upstairs.  Safer teaches Georges to make the perfect pan of scrambled eggs.  But the Spy Club is not without its secrets, and the boys will be forced to confront them eventually.  Touching, funny, and fiercely believable, Stead’s new novel won’t disappoint.


Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy

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ISBN: 9780553494952
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Published: Yearling Books - April 25th, 2006

In this fictionalized telling of a shocking historical event in 1911, there are several predicable paths this novel could go. It follows none of them.  It is sophisticated in its storytelling, and beautiful in its description of coastal Maine.


Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes

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ISBN: 9780805093490
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Published: Holt McDougal - July 17th, 2012

Want a new heroine – not young, not beautiful, not in love with anything but life? Meet Jana Bibi who inherits her miscreant grandfather’s home in a small hill town in India. Faced with uncertainty about her future she manages with much kindness and wisdom. A gentle book with colorful characters and villains drawn from the author’s experiences of her childhood years in India. Read it and wait, like I do, for the next in the series.

Jane J