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SHELFTALKER

Meghan Dietsche Goel
A Librarian Turns Bookseller for a Day (Or Three)

In which a bookstore gets a librarian on loan!

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Kenny Brechner
A Dean Koontz Amazon Quiz

See how much you know about some recent statements by Dean Koontz.

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Summer Impulsivity

A round-up of one store’s top summer impulse items this year.

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‘Dr. Zeus’ and ‘Mo Williams’? Sigh.

The persistent mispronunciations of some authors’ names boggle a bookseller’s brain.

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36198-1.JPGstar.gifRoar Like a Dandelion
Ruth Krauss, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. HarperCollins, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-268007-5

This mischievous abecedarian by the late, celebrated Krauss, sat unpublished for decades, until Krauss’s longtime publisher and her estate’s executor agreed that Ruzzier was just the artist to illustrate it. In single-line poems, Krauss impishly works through the alphabet, writing unexpected commands that poke fun at the tedium of traditional, noun-based ABC fare. Ruzzier extends the surreal mood expertly with subtly hilarious results. more more_arrow.gif

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36199-1.JPGstar.gifThe Proudest Blue:
A Story of Hijab and Family

Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illus. by Hatem Aly. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-51900-7

It’s the first day of school, and Faizah’s older sister Asiya, a sixth grader, has started wearing hijab in a brilliant, proud shade of blue. When a playground bully taunts Asiya, Faizah fumes. But when she sees how Asiya and her diverse friends, who share an easygoing confidence, dismiss the bully and get on with their fun, her sense of what’s “regular” is both restored and expanded. Hijabi U.S. Olympian Muhammad and YA author Ali have created a lovely blend of emotional lyricism and closely observed everyday life. more more_arrow.gif

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36200-1.JPGstar.gifFree Lunch
Rex Ogle. Norton Young Readers, $16.95 (208p) ISBN 978-1-324-00360-1

With candor and vivid detail, Ogle’s debut, a memoir, captures the experience of chronic poverty in the United States. In addition to the usual middle school problems, Rex cringes every time he has to remind the cafeteria lady he’s on the free lunch program. Ogle doesn’t shy away from the circumstances, but there is no shortage of humor, human kindness, and kid hijinks. more more_arrow.gif

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36201-3.JPGCharlie Thorne and the Last Equation
Stuart Gibbs. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-5344-2476-0

This adrenaline-charged thriller by Gibbs introduces 12-year-old supergenius Charlie Thorne and sends her, with two CIA agents, in search of a world-changing equation developed by Albert Einstein before his death. Bullets fly, bodies fall, puzzles lead to more puzzles, and chases via skateboard and Humvee ensue at a breakneck pace. more more_arrow.gif

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36202-1.JPGstar.gifButterfly Yellow
Thanhha Lai. HarperCollins, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-222921-2

Lai centers her remarkable YA debut on two 18-year-old protagonists: Hằng, a determined Vietnamese refugee, and LeeRoy, an aspiring cowboy. Just after her arrival in Texas from Vietnam in 1981, Hằ'ng sneaks out of her uncle’s house to look for her younger brother, who was evacuated by American troops years before. Told with ample grace, Lai’s finely drawn narrative and resilient characters offer a memorable, deeply felt view of the Vietnam War’s impact. more more_arrow.gif

July 25, 2019
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Tin House is hosting its inaugural YA Fiction Workshop in Newport, Ore. Led by authors Nina LaCour, Morgan Parker, and Lilliam Rivera, the workshop will take place November 1–4. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their novels in small class settings as well as in one-on-one sessions with faculty. For more information, including application details, click here.
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