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Cecil the Pet Glacier

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By Matthea Harvey, Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867736
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - August 14th, 2012

Never a more perfect match between story and illustration. Wonderfully quirky and sweet, with that ever-important theme that it's ok to be unique. (And yes, you too will become attached to Cecil the glacier!)


Jennifer


Paper Made!

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780761159971
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - May 9th, 2012

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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


Marathon

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By Boaz Yakin, Joe Infurnari (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596436800
Availability: Out of Print
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.

Kim


The Polar Bear Scientists

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780547283050
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - 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.


Kim


Medicus

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ISBN: 9781596914278
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 11th, 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.

Gary


Cold Comfort Farm

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By Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss (Introduction by), Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039594
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Published: Penguin Classics - 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.

Marie


The Emily Dickinson Reader

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$17.00
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.”

Josh


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.


Carol


Liar and Spy

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$15.99
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.

Kim


Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy

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$6.99
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.


Robin


Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes

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$22.99
ISBN: 9780805093490
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - 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


Bottom of the 33rd

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ISBN: 9780062014498
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2012

It takes great talent to write a book about a single (although very long) baseball game and make it interesting, entertaining and never boring! Dan Barry puts the reader squarely iin those cold seats for 8 hours and makes you want to linger!! Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium, the Paw Sox, the players, the atmosphere, the audience, and the owners are all introduced in a conversational style. This is a book for anyone who likes baseball, history, or just a good read.


Carol


The Works: Anatomy of a City

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780143112709
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Published: Penguin Books - November 27th, 2007

This is the perfect book for adults and teenagers who grew up on David Macaulay and the DK Eyewitness books. A look into the workings of New York City, from the sewers, to the street lights, to the post office. It’s the kind of book that makes you wish for a rainy day, or any excuse to stay in and read.


Josh


The Way the World Works

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781416572473
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2012

There are many gems in this wide ranging book of essays and they can mined in any order you please.  Among my favorites are "Sunday at the Dump" and "Why I Like the Telephone" in which Baker recalls the childhood delight he felt in being the person in the household responsible for calling the automated number sponsored by the local bank to get the current time and temperature.  The essay entitled "Inky Burden" is a brief but eloquent testament to the pleasure and the power of the printed page.

Anne


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