A Chick ‘n’ Pug Christmas

October 20, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Jennifer Sattler NYRB Classics, $16.95, 32 pages The beloved superhero duo Chick and Pug return in Jennifer Sattler’s delightful holiday book A Chick ‘n’ Pug Christmas. Chick and Pug are on a mission to spread Christmas cheer, but they quickly learn …

Backhoe Joe

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By Lori Alexander, Craig Cameron (illustrator) HarperCollins, $15.99, 40 pages In Backhoe Joe, Nolan finds a “stray” backhoe and takes him home to be his new pet. His parents are a bit skeptical. Nolan tries to show he can train his pet …

Circle, Square, Moose

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By Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky (illustrator) Greenwillow Books, $17.99, 48 pages Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky’s Circle, Square, Moose is the hilarious follow-up to Z Is for Moose. In this concept book, Moose is back to interrupt the narrator’s lesson about …

Pete the Cat and the New Guy

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By By James Dean, Kimberly Dean HarperCollins, $17.99, 40 pages Pete and his friends are rocking out when the gang spots a moving truck across the street. Excited, Pete skateboards by the house in hopes that he’ll get a chance to meet …

Tap to Play

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By Salina Yoon Balzer + Bray, $15.99, 40 pages Think about the shaking and twisting a video gamer does with a microconsole or a tablet. In an innovative technique, Tap to Play uses a similar approach. It doesn’t just engage young readers’ minds …

Who Needs a Desert?: A Desert Ecosystem

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By Karen Patkau Tundra Books, $17.99, 32 pages There is not much interesting in a desert, is there? It’s just a dry expanse of sand and cactus, right? Not so, this book will explain to delighted elementary school-aged children. The desert is …

Who Needs a Prairie?: A Grassland Ecosystem

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By Karen Patkau Tundra Books, $17.99, 32 pages Every continent, save Antarctica, has prairies providing great benefits. Prairies constitute a special ecosystem unlike any other. A variety of flora and fauna are native to grasslands and create a circle of life, both …

A Grave Matter (A Lady Darby Mystery)

October 20, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Anna Lee Huber Berkley Trade, $16.00, 432 pages There’s a new sleuth in town and she’s about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. Lady Kiera Darby hopes for some rest and a reprieve from danger and drama following …

Who Needs a Reef?: A Coral Ecosystem

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By Karen Patkau Tundra Books, $17.99, 32 pages Most young people have never seen a coral reef, except on television, but when they find out what a vibrant and vital ecosystem one is, they will be fascinated. As she has done with …

Why Are You So Sad?

October 20, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Jason Porter Plume, $15.00, 224 pages It’s the middle of the night when Raymond Champs has an epiphany: that everybody in the world, including himself, is depressed.  And even worse, that everybody is unaware of it.  To prove his hypothesis, Raymond …

A New Darkness

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By Joseph Delaney Greenwillow Books, $17.99, 352 pages Tom Ward has a lot to live up to. The final pupil of John Gregory – a scholar trained to battle the supernatural – Tom now defends the county against the worst denizens of …

Everything I Never Told You

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By Celeste Ng Penguin Press, $26.95, 304 pages Celeste Ng’s novel is about a Chinese-American family in the truest sense of the words; James Lee is a Chinese-American professor married to an Anglo woman. Although born in the U.S., “(James) had never …

Elizabeth Is Missing

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By Emma Healey Harper, $25.99, 320 pages Maud is an 82-year-old woman whose memory is rapidly declining. But she is absolutely sure her friend Elizabeth has gone missing, and it frustrates her when no one seems to take her seriously. She …

Waiting for the Electricity

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By Christina Nichol The Overlook Press, $26.95, 336 pages Slims Achmed Makashvili is a maritime lawyer living in post-Soviet Georgia who wants more than anything to go to America and get away from complacency, being above the law, questionable business practices and …

The Button Man: A Hugo Marston Novel

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By Mark Pryor Seventh Street Books, $15.95, 270 pages Hugo Marston had spent most of his career as an FBI profiler, but now has moved to London as head of security for the US Embassy. He is assigned to keep an eye …