Julie’s Reviews

Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History

Dan Flores in Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History has given us an “illuminating biography of an extraordinary animal.” The coyote has been depicted both in cartoons and as a deity in Native American mythology. Until we began ranching and herding on the plains, they lived alongside humans. After complaints by ranchers, the US. government started eradicating wolves, and when coyotes replaced them, they became the next target.

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ISBN: 9780465052998
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Published: Basic Books - June 7th, 2016

Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
"A masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation." -Wall Street Journal

Mickey Bolitar Series by Harlen Coben

Harlan Coben, a talented writer of mysteries for adults, whose main character is Myron Bolitar, has written a trio of young adult books, starring Mickey Bolitar, Myron’s nephew. The same intense pace is there, and Mickey has the gift of basketball, just like his uncle.

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ISBN: 9780142422038
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Published: Speak - August 21st, 2012

From internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben comes this first action-packed installment of his bestselling Mickey Bolitar series.

Secondhand Souls

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Christopher Moore, author of amongst other books, Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, has entered into another world, this time of dead souls.

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ISBN: 9780061779787
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 25th, 2015

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

The Gentle Barn

THE GENTLE BARN, Ellie Laks' memoir, is in part a story of overcoming a difficult childhood through her positive relationship to animals. As an adult, she felt called to rescue animals she found in abusive situations. Her earliest intervention was persuading an uncaring "petting zoo" owner to let Ellie buy a malnourished goat, Mary, after a week of daily visits.

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ISBN: 9780385347662
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Published: Harmony - March 25th, 2014

"My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back." -Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

STAFF REVIEW: Susan Cooper, Newbery Award-winning author of the Dark is Rising trilogy, has ventured into Native American folklore. When Little Hawk goes into the woods for 3 months to survive on his own, he becomes a man in his tribe.

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ISBN: 9781442481428
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 26th, 2014

A friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler endangers them both in this "simply unforgettable" (Booklist, starred review) adventure story from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

Good Night Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

For all those lovers of Goodnight Moon, here is a cache of poetry by Margaret Wise Brown discovered just recently. The poems have been set to music (CD included) and illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. A treat and a treasure. Recommended by Julie.

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ISBN: 9781454904465
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Published: Sterling - March 4th, 2014

Baby sail the seven seas
Safely in my arms
When the waves go up and down
You are safe from harm.

Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers about Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thich Nhat Hanh

He's been writing "self help" books for adults for years.  Now he speaks to children answering questions such as "What do you do when you're scared?" A comforting book with solid answers and good advice for adults as well. Recommended by Julie.

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By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jessica McClure (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781937006655
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Published: Plum Blossom - March 20th, 2014

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives.

Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown

Written about the team that ultimately became the U.S. crew team in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, this wonderful telling focuses on the background of one particular student from the University of Washington, who overcomes personal adversity to become a member of the team.

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ISBN: 9780670025817
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2013

The #1 New York Times-bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.

Spider Woman's Daughter

Happily Tony Hillerman’s daughter, Anne, has chosen to continue the Leaphorn & Chee mystery series, and she does it well. She has taken the character of Bernie Manuelito, wife of Chee, as a major player and once again writes lovingly and informed about the Southwest and Navajo life.

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ISBN: 9780062270481
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Published: HarperTorch - October 1st, 2013

Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman's Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.