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Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. by Laura Purdie Salas
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Publishers Weekly Organized in four sections beginning with spring, Salas's lovely haiku are written in the voices of animals and organic or inanimate objects related to the seasons. "Fire in our bellies,/ we FLICKER-FLASH in twilight-/ rich meadow of stars," speak the summer's fireflies. Each haiku contains a riddle element-readers must guess the narrator (in an author's note, Salas refers to the form as a "riddle-ku"). It...More

The Cat Man of Aleppo by Karim Shamsi-Basha
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School Library Journal K-Gr 3—The power of one person's kindness and commitment to others is a potent message. Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel's life is "a story about cats and war and people. But most of all, it is a story about love." In this book based on an actual person and real events, Latham tells the tale of an ambulance driver who chose to stay in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, even after war broke out. He begins to come across hun...More

Knock knock my dads dream for me by written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier
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Publishers Weekly Beaty's spoken-word performance about a childhood lived in the shadow of incarceration can be seen online, and its impact is powerful. This print version, meant for a younger audience, is gentler but equally affecting. Collier's (Fifty Cents and a Dream) watercolor collages capture the sadness of a thoughtful African-American boy whose father disappears and whose mother will not say where he has gone. The "knock knock&...More

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book list The cloned brother of deformed, charismatic ruler Miles Vorkosigan searches for self-acceptance in a wonderful mixture of court intrigue and galactic warfare. One of a number of memorable tales about Miles Vorkosigan; other recent titles include Cetaganda and Memory.

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

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
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Publishers Weekly The title of Saunders's fourth collection doesn't reference any regularly observed holiday, but for the MacArthur-certified genius's fans, a new collection, his first in six years, is a cause to celebrate. Yet the 10 stories here-six of which ran in the New Yorker-might make readers won over by earlier, irony-laced absurdities like Pastoralia's "Sea Oak" or corporate nightmares like "CommComm" fr...More

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
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Kirkus A magisterial biography of the 20th-century philosopher, curator, and prime mover of the Harlem Renaissance.Alain Locke (1885-1954) is a criticaland complexfigure in any discussion of African-American intellectual history. In his youth, he was the quintessential black Victorian, impeccably dressed and mannered, as if comportment alone could conquer racism. That posturing made him blinkered at times; he tried to deny the prejudice he experienced as ...More

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
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Library Journal Award-winning reporter Fadiman has turned what began as a magazine assignment into a riveting, cross-cultural medicine classic in this anthropological exploration of the Hmong population in Merced County, California. Following the case of Lia (a Hmong child with a progressive and unpredictable form of epilepsy), Fadiman maps out the controversies raised by the collision between Western medicine and holistic healing traditions of Hmong immi...More

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