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August / September 2014 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include powerful new children’s books told in free verse, a teen fiction debut from a well-known film director, new adult fiction from award-winning authors, a history of mistakes in the English language, back-to-school DVDs, and health titles in Spanish.

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Using masterfully crafted free verse poems, author Jacqueline Woodson tells her story of growing up as an African-American girl in South Carolina and Brooklyn in the 1960's and 1970's and also her journey of becoming a writer and finding her voice. A beautiful, powerful book adults, teens, and children can enjoy.

Children's Nonfiction

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Narrated by Josh using energetic, rhythmic free verse, this novel mixes great sports action with realistic family drama to deliver satisfying emotional resonance. Also available in eBook.

Children's Fiction

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The Young World by Chris Weitz

When a mysterious plague wipes out everyone except for teen survivors who assemble into tightly run tribes, five young people engage in life-threatening confrontations with enemy gangs, cults and militias to find a cure. This first novel in a post-apocalyptic trilogy was written by the director of "Twilight: New Moon" and "The Golden Compass."

Teen Fiction

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Bittersweet: A Novel by Colleen McCullough

In her first epic romantic novel since "The Thorn Birds," Colleen McCullough weaves a sweeping story of two sets of twins - all trained as nurses, but each with her own ambitions - stepping into womanhood in 1920s and 30s Australia. Rendered with McCullough’s trademark historical accuracy, this dramatic coming of age drama will be enjoyed by longtime fans as well as new.

Fiction

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Lucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom

Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half-sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-20th-century Long Island. Written by an award-winning and critically acclaimed author, this historical tale has offbeat characters with wacky humor.

Fiction

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Lock In by John Scalzi

When a new virus causes one percent of the population to become completely paralyzed in body but not in mind, America pursues a scientific initiative to develop a virtual-reality world for victims, with unexpected consequences. A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts. Look for the companion novella, “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” at Tor.com.

Fiction

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Bad English by Ammon Shea

English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Lively, surprising, funny, and delightfully readable, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers--and it's sure to start a few, too. Also available in eBook.

Nonfiction

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Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak by Andy Hall

In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley--known to the locals as Denali--one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Also available in eBook.

Nonfiction

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Arthur Goes Back to School

Join the world's most famous aardvark and friends as they go back to school. Based on the bestselling children's books by Marc Brown.

Children's DVD

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

Mathmagic Land is a wondrous land of discovery where trees have square roots and rivers are brimming with numbers. During his lively journey, Donald Duck discovers that you can have mirth with math, fun with fractions, and laughs with logic.

Children's DVD

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School Bus Safety

A combination of songs, colorful graphics, and role-playing teach students about school bus safety. Learn how to be safe on the way to the bus and at the bus stop.

Children's DVD

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Cocina para los alérgicos by Laia Blay Budí

Esta guía proporciona información sobre alergias a los alimentos, así como recetas que apoyan la nutrición y como evitar reacciones. This guide provides information on food allergies as well as recipes that support nutrition while avoiding reactions.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Dime que comer si soy celiaco: Incluye "últimas investigaciones" y deliciosas recetas para dietas sin gluten by Kimberly A. Tessmer

Proporciona la información más actualizada sobre la enfermedad celíaca y cómo preparar deliciosas recetas sin gluten. Provides the most up to date information on Celiac disease and how to prepare delicious recipes without gluten.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Dime qué comer si tengo reflujo ácido by Elaine Magee

Proporciona una explicación a fondo de lo que es el reflujo ácido y cómo el cambio de dieta y estilo de vida puede brindar alivio. Incluye recetas. Provides an in-depth explanation of what acid reflex is and how diet and lifestyle changes can bring relief. Includes recipes.

Spanish Language Nonfiction