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Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris
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Publishers Weekly What begins as a solo log ride down a river for Bear turns into a group adventure as new forest animals join the pileup hurtling through the water. Each has a different approach to the wild ride: the turtles worry about what could go wrong, while the raccoons delight in the "twists and turns." All are surprised, though, when they realize where they're headed: a waterfall, which, after a dramatic plunge, lands them in a calm...More

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
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Publishers Weekly Nighttime paintings by Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) add magic to this fable about why the moon waxes and wanes. The story's events unfold against the velvety black of the night sky as Mama and Little Star, dressed in black pajamas spangled with yellow stars, work on their mooncake (an Asian holiday treat, Lin explains in an author's note) in the kitchen. Mama takes the cake out of the oven and lays it "onto the ni...More

The blacker the berry : poems by by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
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Book list Black comes in all shades from dark to light, and each is rich and beautiful inthis collection ofsimple, joyful poems and glowing portraits that show African American diversity and connections. In the title poem,a smiling girl says, Because I am dark, the moon and stars shine brighter. Other pages have fun with terms, such as skin deep and night shade. A grandma turns Coffee will make you black from a warning into something great.A boy ...More

Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
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Book list The author of the sf classic Forever War (1972) offers a companion, not a sequel, in this similarly titled novel in which the measures taken to sustain seemingly endless conflict wind up being the prospective source of possibly endless resolution.

From Booklist, Copyright American Library Association. Used with permission.

Library Journal Veteran sf writer Haldeman views this novel not as a co...More

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
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Publishers Weekly Strout's follow-up to her 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Olive Kitteridge links a trio of middle-aged siblings with a group of Somali immigrants in a familiar story about isolation within families and communities. The Burgesses have troubles both public and secret: sour, divorced Susan, who stayed in the family's hometown of Shirley Falls, Maine, with her teenage son Zachary; big-hearted Bob, who feels guilty about their father...More

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
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Publishers Weekly In this doorstopper biography, Moser (Why This: A Biography of Clarice Lispector), for whom Susan Sontag was "America's last great literary star," exhaustively and sometimes exhaustingly chronicles his subject's life. Between recounting Sontag's birth to a prosperous Manhattan couple in 1933 and her death from cancer in 2004, Moser fully details her prolific career as an author of novels, plays, films, and, most not...More

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Library Journal Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest novel, named Book of the Year by 19 British newspapers in 1995, is her most original book yet. Here she reconstructs the life of 18th-century German romantic poet Novalis, focusing on his boisterous family, his struggle to articulate his longings, and, most tellingly, his passion for 12-year-old Sophie, a simple child he intends to marry despite the furious reservations of family and friends...More

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