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I Want My Hat Back

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Bear has lost his hat. He asks many of the animals he meets in the forest if they’ve seen it. No one claims to have seen Bear’s hat. Except maybe Bear did see it? In this hilarious debut picture book by Jon Klassen, patterned, retro-looking illustrations use white space nicely, but also add to the humor of the text. Can you find Bear’s red hat, possibly before he does?

Jory


The Broken Word

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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118091
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.

Josh


Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374532932
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 29th, 2011

Drawing upon documents found as recently as 1991, Hay describes in deeply satisfying detail the emotional and commercial interconnectedness of a group of talented young  people, whose philosophical and political beliefs brought them together when all were well under 30. Her use of their extensive correspondence is so successful one feels one is overhearing their conversations at breakfast. The later fabrications and exaggerations of some of the principle players are stripped away, and we learn not only the real story, but the motivations for invention.

Joan


Mr. Benn--Red Knight

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$14.50
ISBN: 9781854379900
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Published: Tate - September 1st, 2011

Long before Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee created Mr Benn, an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures.  Here is the first Mr Benn book reprinted for the enjoyment of a new generation of children in which Mr Benn swaps his bowler hat for a red suit of armor and makes friends with a dragon.   McKee's artwork is a joy and the Mr Benn stories full of magical possibilities.  (Also available, Big- Top Benn)

Susannah


The Language of Flowers

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780345525543
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 23rd, 2011

Insight into the dysfunctional foster care system and an education on the meanings of flowers is deftly woven into a story of abandonment, hope and redemption.  Tough girl Victoria is my favorite character of 2011and I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.  It's heartwarming, moving, devastating and uplifting all at once and will definitely be read in my book group soon.  

Susannah


Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children

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ISBN: 9781594744761
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Published: Quirk Books - June 7th, 2011

Lemony Snickett meets Stephen King meets the Nazis - in a totally good way!   Quirky, original and totally atmospheric,  the strange old photographs in this novel enhance the story without turning it into a "picture book".   Likely to be enjoyed by both teenagers and adults Riggs has created a bizarre scenario that is totally entrancing, believable and creepily scary.

Susannah


Rules of Civility

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780670022694
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Published: Viking Books - July 26th, 2011

Amor Towels. Rules of Civility, is a smart, scintillating story set in Manhattan during the late thirties.  He captures the give and take of a complicated three way friendship as they make their way through the ups and downs of jobs, relationships and much good fun and bubbly. Don’t miss this elegant debut book set when rules still mattered.

Jane D


Flip Flop Fly Ball

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By Craig Robinson, Rob Neyer (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781608192694
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 5th, 2011

Baseball is a game of numbers, but in Robinson’s hands it’s also a game of endlessly fascinating infographics. This is the kind of book that makes you wish for a rainy Saturday that you can spend flipping back and forth. Interleague play, infield positioning, Molina brothers, retired numbers, stadium elevations. Travel schedules, international leagues, Jackie Robinson, PEDs.  Be careful opening it up, there’s a 2 hour limit in the parking lot.

Josh


Remembering the Music Forgetting the Words

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Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807003190
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Published: Beacon Press - September 6th, 2011

An intimate, humorous, sensitive and ultimately humane portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship reckoning with the travails of Alzheimer’s. Full of warmth and insight, I’m grateful to learn from Whouley how one might cope with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the support systems available to caregivers.

Dale


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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ISBN: 9781594202995
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Published: Penguin Press - August 23rd, 2011

Alexandra Fuller gains a new understanding of the joys and sorrows of her mother’s crazy life in post-colonial Africa. We saw one side of it in Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, but the portrait is now filled out in a way that Nicola Fuller would appreciate. It is heart-warming and heart-breaking and an ultimate joy to read whether you are an old  fan of Don’t Let’s Go. . . or not. Alexandra’s gift for humor and honesty will draw you into her story, hold you there and stay with you.


Carol


King Jack and the Dragon

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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803736986
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Published: Dial Books - August 18th, 2011

Young Jack and his friends go off to their tent/castle to defend the crown from dragons nd beasts. Slowly his “knights” are called home and Jack must face the dark and a scary creature alone. This is a wonderful, gentle, adventure for young children, beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Carol


A Certain Slant of Light

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780618585328
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2005

All Helen wants is to be seen. It’s perfectly natural, especially to a ghost who has been mist for over 100 years. So when the chance to reclaim human form presents itself, she cannot resist, even though the vacant body is not her own. Yes there will be consequences, but those matter little as she breathes, walks, and finds love again after a century This magically realistic ghost story finds its home among lovers of fantasy, romance and the work of Alice Hoffman. An insightful upper YA novel that sings with beautiful turns of phrase and unforgettable honesty.

Amy


Ready Player One

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307887436
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Published: Crown - August 16th, 2011

What do the Kobayashi Maru, Firefly, UltraMan, John DeLorean, D&D, a perfect game of Pac Man, & John Bender have in common? Ernest Cline. Call it a novel, a space opera, hell, call it a video game, the label is irrelevant! Whatever this book is, it’s a storytelling mash-up of the highest degree If you’re a hard core gamer, a comic book lover, a self-professed sci-fi/fantasy nerd (and I mean that with great affection!) or just a nostalgic child of the 1980s, Ready Player One may just be a time machine.

Amy


Reamde

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ISBN: 9780061977961
Availability: Out of Print
Published: William Morrow - September 20th, 2011

Reamde is the quintessential thriller but with fascinating, well-developed characters. The time is just over the horizon and the setting is worlds both real and virtual. Enter the universe of gaming with Neal Stephenson as your guide and hold on for the ride!

Jane J


Chime

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ISBN: 9780803735521
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

Only Brieny knows she’s a witch, (aside from Stepmother, who’s dead.) She also knows she should never again enter the Swampsea. But she can’t help herself. Just like she can’t help liking Aldric, the young man from London who is living with them at her father’s parsonage. Aldric, her twin sister Rosy, and many others begin to force Brieny to reconsider her demons, because perhaps Brieny is not the person she thinks she is. I couldn’t help but read this book slowly to savor the uniqueness of voice and characters.

Jory


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