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editor’s note Dear Educator, Stop me if you’ve heard this one: How are you handling the

Dear Educator,

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: How are you handling the technology shift? Please, don’t run away! I feel your

pain

I don’t know about you, but it seems as though I cannot attend an educational conference, read a teacher blog, or even open a newspaper without finding an article that struggles with this question. And the Random House Academic team is as guilty as everyone else! This past summer we put this question to a select group of educators who shared their time and energy with us for an active breakfast roundtable discussion in our NYC headquarters. While most acknowledged a strong desire to engage students with the variety of tools available, all agreed that no one methodology or approach is the clear answer. Rather, it is clear that this is a time of trial and error.

However, amidst all of this uncertainty and even confusion, one fact remains: there has never been a greater demand for varied content as there is now. If one thing is clear to us, it is this: our responsibility as a 21st century publisher is to offer you, the educator, the books you wish to teach, in any format you prefer.

It is with this mission in mind that I share with you our 2012 Language Arts and Social Studies Catalog. Not only will you find information about new books, but also links to ancillary resources freely available for downloading on our website and blog. These resources—including teacher’s guides, video clips, book trailers, special messages from authors—can enhance both your teaching of and students’ reading of books. We’ve also made sure to indicate all the different formats available for each book, and we’ve identified books that are ideal for reluctant readers with this logo:

In addition to our commitment to you, the educator, we are equally committed to—and proud of!—our authors. Wes Moore (The Other Wes Moore, see page 35) graced the cover of Time magazine this past summer as one of five featured veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who have launched ambitious and creative service projects back home. You can read Wes’s message to educators at: http://tinyurl.com/4jbv4ye.

Since its publication in hardcover almost two years ago, teachers and students can’t stop talking about Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, now available in paperback (see page 18). Check out the classroom poster for the book, which you will find at the back of the catalog.

And last but certainly not least, we’ve compiled a list of our recent ALA Alex Award tm -winning books, found on page 2—make sure your school library has them all!

So just how are you and your school handling the technology shift? Send me an email at kkaneta@randomhouse.com, post a comment to our blog, www.rhimagazine.com, or share your thoughts on our Facebook and Twitter pages and let us know.

While we may not have the answer, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to take this journey with you. Here’s to a great year!

and I think I can help.

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Contents
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ALA Alex Award tm Winners

2

Spotlight Titles

4

Modern Library

24

Books for AP ® Classes

25

Language Arts

26

Science

32

Social Studies

33

College Guides

38

Professional Reading

40

Index

42

Order Form

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Random House is proud to present our recent ALA Alex Award tm -Winning Books
Random House is proud to present our recent
ALA Alex Award tm -Winning Books

E ach year, the ALEX Awards tm are given by the Young

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American Library Association, to ten books written

for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12

for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Make sure your

through 18. Make sure your school library has them all!

12 through 18. Make sure your school library has them all! To view a full listing

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2011

THe VaNisHiNg of KaTHaRiNa LiNdeN: A Novel

by Helen Grant

“Dark and deadly as the original Grimm’s German folktales, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden hides its menace behind the exquisitely charming narrator, Pia, an unforgettable child of the first order.”

Keith Donohue, author of The STolen Child anD AngelS of deSTruCTion

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aLso By THe auTHoR

THe gLass deMoN: A Novel

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320pp. ★ $15.00/NCR ★ exam Copy: $3.00 Audio & e-Book Reading Level: 9 2010 THe Kids

Audio & e-Book

Reading Level: 9

2010

THe Kids aRe aLL RigHT A Memoir

by Diana Welch, Liz Welch, Amanda Welch, and Dan Welch

“The Welch family’s multivocal story is impossible to put down. I read The Kids Are All Right with awe at the resilience and hope a family can manage in the aftermath of unthinkable loss. The intelligence and strength of the Welch kids confirmed my belief that anything is possible when brothers and sisters come out of tragedy together.”

Danielle trussoni, author of fAlling Through The eArTh

t russoni , author of f Alling T hrough The e ArTh Three Rivers Press ★

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2009

THe oxfoRd PRojeCT

Text by Stephen G. Bloom Photographed by Peter Feldstein

In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. This time, he went with writer Stephen G. Bloom in search of the same Oxford residents Feldstein had originally shot two decades earlier. Face after face, story after story, what quietly emerges is a living composite of a quintessential Midwestern community.

Welcome Books TR 978-1-59962-087-9 256pp.

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THRee giRLs aNd THeiR BRoTHeR: A Novel

by Theresa Rebeck

“Given her background as a playwright, it is not surprising that she is able to create convincing, distinctive voices for teenagers. Rebeck undercuts the fun with darker points about celebrity culture—particularly the damage caused by the media’s sexualization of young girls.”

—ASSoCiATed PreSS

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★ 352pp. $14.00/$16.50 Can. ★ exam Copy: $3.00 e-Book Reading Level: 6 THe good THief :

e-Book Reading Level: 6

THe good THief: A Novel

by Hannah Tinti

The Good Thief’s characters are weird

and

[It] has all the makings of

’s characters are weird and [It] has all the makings of e-Book Reading Level: 7 a

e-Book

Reading Level: 7

a classic—a hero, a villain and a rollicking good tale set in 19th century New England about a good boy who gets mixed up with a

All of that, along with its

lot of bad

humor, ingenuity and fast pace, make The Good Thief compelling.”

—SAn frAnCiSCo ChroniCle

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2008 2006 geNgHis: BiRTH of aN eMPiRe My jiM: A Novel A Novel by Nancy
2008
2006
geNgHis: BiRTH of aN eMPiRe
My jiM: A Novel
A
Novel
by Nancy Rawles
by Conn Iggulden
[B]rilliantly imagined and addictive
historical
Building on the
“The hidden life of Huck Finn’s sidekick
a very fine love story, wonderfully narrated
with a perfect feel for the time and place.”
fragment of Genghis’s life, Iggulden weaves
a spellbinding story of an exotic and
‘unforgiving land’ and the enigmatic young
man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and
capable of ‘utter ruthlessness’—who
sets out to tame it. This is historical
fiction of the first order.”
—kirkuS revieWS
“In a spare, naturalistic style that’s
reminiscent of oral history, Rawles covers
territory Twain did
As heart-
wrenching a personal history as any
recorded in American literature.”
—The neW york TimeS book revieW
—PubliSherS Weekly (starreD review)
Broadway ★ TR ★ 978-1-4000-5401-5 ★ 192pp.
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Reading Level: 5
Reading Level: 6
Teacher’s Guide Available
MisTeR PiP: A Novel
To read the author’s message to educators,
go to: http://tinyurl.com/3jfudel
by Lloyd Jones
“Mister Pip is a powerful and touching
story about one man’s role in transforming
2005
the lives of young
This novel
demands we take note of the sheer power
of education and literature to transform
the lives of young people—whatever their
circumstances and wherever in the world
they may be. Every high school teacher and
doNoRBoy: A Novel
by Brendan Halpin
student should read this book.”
—erin Gruwell, author of
The freedom WriTerS diAry
dial Press ★ TR ★ 978-0-385-34107-3 ★ 272pp.
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Reading Level: 9
Teacher’s Guide Available
Rosalind had two mommies. Now,
thanks to a tragic accident involving
foodstuffs, she has none. And Sean,
the sperm donor responsible for
half her DNA (and nothing else), is
taking custody. Rosalind finds herself
adjusting to a new life that seems both
hateful and surreal—she’s an orphan
with a new father, surrounded by
To read the author’s message to educators,
go to: http://tinyurl.com/4yvd8xq
friends she is beginning to despise and
well-meaning adults who succeed only in annoying her.
Villard Books ★ TR ★ 978-1-4000-6277-5 ★ 224pp.
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Reading Level: 6
2007
BLaCK sWaN gReeN: A Novel
by David Mitchell
From award-winning writer David
Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative
novel of boyhood on the cusp of
adulthood and the old on the cusp
sHadoW diVeRs: The True
Adventure of Two Americans Who
Risked Everything to Solve One of the
Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson
of
the new. Black Swan Green tracks
single year in what is, for thirteen-
year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest
village in muddiest Worcestershire
a
in
a dying Cold War England, 1982.
But the thirteen chapters, each a
short story in its own right, create an
exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.
In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s
Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s
The Perfect Storm comes a true tale
of riveting adventure in which two
weekend scuba divers risk everything
to solve a great historical mystery—
and make history themselves.
Ballantine ★ MM ★ 978-0-345-48247-1
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Author Spotlight Also by E.L. Doctorow BiLLy BaTHgaTe : A Novel Random House ★ TR
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Author Spotlight
Author Spotlight

Also by E.L. Doctorow

BiLLy BaTHgaTe: A Novel

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THe BooK of daNieL: A Novel

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CReaTioNisTs Selected Essays, 1993-2006

Random House TR 978-0-8129-7564-2 192pp. $14.95/$21.00 Can.

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LiVes of THe PoeTs A Novella and Six Stories

Random House TR 978-0-8129-8118-6 160pp. $15.00/$17.50 Can. exam Copy: $3.00

LooN LaKe: A Novel

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RagTiMe: A Novel

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sWeeT LaNd sToRies

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THe WaTeRWoRKs: A Novel

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WeLCoMe To HaRd TiMes: A Novel

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WoRLd’s faiR: A Novel

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All the above titles are available as e-Books.

E L DOCTOROW

aLL THe TiMe iN THe WoRLd New and Selected Stories From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to World’s Fair, The March, and Homer & Langley, the fiction of E. L. Doctorow comprises a towering achievement in modern American letters. Now Doctorow returns with an enthralling collection of brilliant, startling short fiction about people who, as the author notes in his Preface, are somehow “distinct from their surroundings—people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world.”

Random House HC 978-1-4000-6963-7 304pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. exam Copy: $13.00

do not order paperback before 1/24/2012.

Random House TR 978-0-8129-8203-9 304pp.

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Reading Level: 9

HoMeR & LaNgLey: A Novel

Selected for Common Reading at Cornell University

Homer & Langley is a brilliantly conceived, mesmerizing rendering of the lives of New York’s fabled Collyer brothers. One blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged by mustard gas in the Great War, they live as recluses in their once grand mansion, and are fraught with Odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves.

Random House TR 978-0-8129-7563-5 224pp.

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Reading Level: 11

THe MaRCH: A Novel

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

In this richly textured, evocative novel, E. L. Doctorow delves deeply into American history once again. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War has a profound impact on the outcome of the war, and captures the full experience of the diverse characters caught up in the struggle.

Random House TR 978-0-8129-7615-1 384pp.

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Reading Level: 9

about the author

E.L. DOCTOROW’s work has been published in thirty-two languages. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

Author website: www.eldoctorow.com

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Author Spotlight ALAN BRADLEY and the Flavia de Luce series first Book in the series
Author Spotlight
Author Spotlight

ALAN BRADLEY and the Flavia de Luce series

first Book in the series THe sWeeTNess aT THe BoTToM of THe Pie A Flavia
first Book in the series
THe sWeeTNess aT
THe BoTToM of THe Pie
A Flavia de Luce Mystery
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
In his wickedly brilliant first novel,
Debut Dagger Award winner Alan
Bradley introduces one of the most
singular and engaging heroines in recent
fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce,
an aspiring chemist with a passion for
poison. It is the summer of 1950—and
THe Weed THaT sTRiNgs
THe HaNgMaN’s Bag
Flavia de Luce thinks that her days of
crime-solving in the bucolic English
hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey are over—and
a series of inexplicable events has
struck Buckshaw, the decaying English
mansion that Flavia’s family calls home.
“I loved The Sweetness at the Bottom of
the Pie. I have put it in rotation in my 7th
grade classroom library and even a few of my
higher level readers have enjoyed the book.
It’s hard to find a good mystery book to put on
the shelves for them to read. My girls seemed
to be impressed the most with the female lead
solving the case and her knowledge of science.
I would definitely recommend this book for
summer reading.”
then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate
rendezvous with electricity. The beloved
puppeteer has had his own strings
sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and
why? Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle,
Flavia sets out from the de Luces’
crumbling family mansion in search of
Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.
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—meGan Brown, scott miDDle school,
hammonD, in
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a Red HeRRiNg WiTHouT
MusTaRd
In A Red Herring Without Mustard,
Flavia de Luce uncovers a fresh slew
of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s

about the author

ALAN BRADLEY received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, as well as the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature. He is the author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats.

Author website: www.flaviadeluce.com

Flavia de Luce has a passion for poisons.

Picture an ancient country house somewhere in England. The year is 1950. Picture a girl who lives there with her most eccentric family. Her name is Flavia de Luce—and she’s almost eleven. Picture a long-abandoned Victorian chemistry laboratory; no one ever goes there but Flavia. Put them all together and you’ll have a deliciously original approach to detective fiction.

have a deliciously original approach to detective fiction. Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller,
have a deliciously original approach to detective fiction. Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller,

Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in her own backyard.

“Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier and a lot richer, and you have Flavia de Don’t be fooled by Flavia’s age or the 1950s setting: A Red Herring isn’t a dainty tea-and-crumpets sort of mystery. It’s shot through with real grit.”

—entertainment weeKly

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i aM HaLf-siCK of sHadoWs It’s Christmastime, and a film crew arrives at Buckshaw to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene?

Reading Level for all: 7 Audio & e-Book
Reading Level for all: 7
Audio & e-Book

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HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET A Novel by Jamie Ford Selected for

HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

A Novel

by Jamie Ford

HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET A Novel by Jamie Ford Selected for common

Selected for common reading at numerous high schools, colleges, and community reads programs (to view the complete list, go to http://tinyurl.com/3hdkzsw)

Winner, Literature Award - Fiction, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Ballantine ★ TR ★ 978-0-345-50534-7 320pp. ★

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Teacher’s guide available Author website: www.jamieford.com

In 1986, Henry Lee, a Chinese American widower, comes

upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now a new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families left behind when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, memories take him back to the 1940s. At the height of the war, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student, at the exclusive Rainier Elementary. They forge a friendship—and an innocent love—that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family are evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end and that their promise to each other will be kept. Decades later, Henry tries to make sense of the past and confront the choices he made. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable portrait of a couple whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

“Jamie Ford’s first novel explores the age- old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”

lisa see, BestsellinG author of SnoW floWer And The SeCreT fAn

“Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived. The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history.”

—librAry JournAl

critical time in American history.” —l ibrAry J ournAl about the author JAMIE FORD is an

about the author

JAMIE FORD is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

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Montana with his wife and children. 6 To order examination copies online, go to www.randomhouse.com/academic/examcopy
FROM the Author A Message I knew that my novel, Hotel on the Corner of
FROM the Author
A Message
I
knew that my novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was making its way onto
highschool reading lists when curious emails began popping up in my inbox. They
tended to go something like this:
“Um, you know, your book, Motel on the Corner of Sweet and Sour—dude, it’s like my
favorite novel of all time!! And I’m kinda wondering if you could, like, answer these twelve
questions for me? :P” (In my mind, I always hear this question coming from a nasally,
voice-cracking, pre-pubescent 14-year-old boy wearing a Hot Topic hoodie with his
ear buds in, listening to “Bring Me the Horizon”).
And just like that, I was suddenly someone’s homework. Right up there with Of Mice and
Men, the Pythagorean Theorem, and building dioramas out of old shoe-boxes and craft-
paper.
To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how my novel would be received.
So then I asked myself why so many students embrace books like The Catcher in the Rye
and To Kill a Mockingbird —because they’re amazing novels? Sure. But moreover, these are
books with young protagonists. They offer voices that are readily absorbed by the intrepid
imaginations of young adults.
Now that I’ve given talks at dozens of schools—from inner-city New York high schools to
well-heeled, private academies in tony California suburbs—I’m convinced that students
relate well to grown-up problems and ethical dilemmas.
But would my young characters be able to navigate those neural, critical, Twitter-worthy
pathways? In talking to students, in person, via email, Skype, and on Facebook, the
consensus seems to be: LIKE. Which is no small honor.
And now I get emails like this:
“This is the first time that I actually enjoyed a book I was forced to read.”
“This is my all-time favorite novel. :)”
Or the occasional, “I cried my eyes out. (Sob!)”
Who knew that modern teenagers would relate so well to a Chinese boy falling in love
with a Japanese girl during WWII, or that a story about the Japanese Internment would
affect a generation that has grown up in a post-9/11 world? The notion still amazes me—
it’s something that I never planned or anticipated. But it’s a joy to behold, requests for
homework help and all.
If you have specific questions, you can always reach me at jamieford.com or at
twitter.com/jamieford
—Jamie Ford
U N LIk ELY BROTHERS Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption by John Prendergast

U N LIk ELY BROTHERS

Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption

by John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks

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Peace activist and co-founder of the Enough Project,

John Prendergast is known as a champion of human rights in Africa. But the not-so-public face of Prendergast is the life he has led as a Big Brother to Michael Mattocks. Unlikely Brothers is an inspiring book that brings together the dissimilar lives of Prendergast and Mattocks, and reveals the importance of mentorship. The book raises many questions including what compassion looks like, the implications for indifference, and the challenges of commitment.

aLso By joHN PReNdeRgasT

THe eNougH MoMeNT: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes

by John Prendergast with Don Cheadle

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Level: 9 enough Project website: www.enoughproject.org “ Unlikely Brothers is an unlikely book, two interweaving

Unlikely Brothers is an unlikely book, two interweaving stories filled with loss, tenderness and hope. John Prendergast’s and Michael Mattocks’ journeys— together and apart—should resonate for all of us, a searching for our place in the world, a yearning for friendship and connections.”

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“A fascinating account of a long-standing friendship.”

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“Despite their contrasting perspectives, Prendergast and Mattocks illustrate that when it comes to the human condition, attitudes trump platitudes and actions outweigh promises.”

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and actions outweigh promises.” —b ookliST © Nikki Mattocks about the authors JOHN PRENDERGAST (right)

© Nikki Mattocks

about the authors

JOHN PRENDERGAST (right) is a human rights activist and author. He is co-founder of the Enough Project (enoughproject.org), an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Working for the Clinton administration, he was directly involved in a number of peace processes in Africa. John helped create the Satellite Sentinel Project and coauthored the bestselling Not on Our Watch and The Enough Moment with Don Cheadle. He traveled to Africa with 60 Minutes for four different episodes. He has been a Big Brother since 1983.

MICHAEL MATTOCKS lived in homeless shelters as a child and began dealing drugs as a teenager. He is now a husband and father of five boys, working two jobs in order to support his family. He helps coach his sons’ football teams.

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FROM the Author A Message On the Importance of Mentorship Michael Mattocks, my little brother,
FROM the Author
A Message
On the Importance of Mentorship
Michael Mattocks, my little brother, knew that I had written books before. One day he got
the idea that we should write a book together about our lives. Once we figured out how
we could frame the story, Michael and I realized the gravity of what we were trying to do.
So we really dove in, going back to our pasts, interviewing people who would remember
details, including former teachers of ours, and asking each other many questions—trying
to get to the bottom of what happened and why. And we did a lot of self-reflection, to
understand ourselves and the kind of impact our relationship had on each other’s lives. It
has been an amazing journey.
This book is about two guys who decide to be brothers, one twenty years old and the other
seven. We both were traumatized by major father issues (one through emotional abuse and
the other through absence). We both gravitated toward violence (one toward war zones
in Africa, and the other to the drug world of Washington, D.C.). As the years go by, we
swooped in and out of each other’s lives, whenever I was in D.C., but slowly disconnected
as we disappeared into our respective worlds of Africa and the D.C. streets. Somehow, we
made our way back to each other, and the effect we have had on each other is not easily
discernible but extremely significant to both of our paths to redemption.
Michael wrote this book because he wanted to show other young people that no matter
what the odds, what kind of hole you find yourself in, you can overcome it, and the help
of a mentor can make all the difference. Michael and I both believe that the impact our
relationship continues to have on each other is irreplaceable.
For all educators, I hope you realize the importance your role has on your students, not
just to teach them math or science, but to be a constant active role model for success in a
very challenging world. At the same time, I hope you find yourself inspired by a particular
student or group of students—as I most definitely am by Michael.
I would also encourage you to show your students that they too can be mentors. Even kids
who come from economically deprived backgrounds or feel they have nothing can find
confidence they never knew they had in helping out someone else—whether it be helping
a younger sibling, forming a “big brother/little brother” relationship, tutoring, mentoring,
volunteering, or babysitting. They will see how much they truly have to give, and that
knowledge can go such a long way in forming their own paths in life.
Some days I worried about how my family would react to this book, as did Michael with his
family. But on balance we felt compelled to tell everything that happened. At a minimum,
we hope it will show prospective mentors that if we could do it, ANYONE could. At best,
maybe we can inspire readers to take a chance, to get involved, to make a difference.
—John Prendergast
John Prendergast wrote Unlikely Brothers with his “little brother” Michael Mattocks.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs Nominated, YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

by Ransom Riggs

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs Nominated, YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young

Nominated, YALSA 2012 Best Fiction

for Young Adults

Riggs Nominated, YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A

strange collection of very curious photographs.

It

all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar

Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of

Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”

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“Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

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“Readers will find this book unique and intriguing.”

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“His premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters.”

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and the children are intriguing characters.” —b ookliST about the author RANSOM RIGGS is a filmmaker,

about the author

RANSOM RIGGS is a filmmaker, photographer, blogger, and writer living in Los Angeles. On weekends, he can be found combing flea markets for vintage photos; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children grew out of his unusual hobby. He is a regular contributor to mental_floss. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is his first novel.

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FROM the Author A Message T he inspiration for a story can come from almost
FROM the Author
A Message
T he inspiration for a story can come from almost anywhere. I learned this first-hand
a
few years ago when I was inspired by some evocative old snapshots I found at
a
flea market. I wanted to know more about the people in them, but the photos
were anonymous —long-disconnected from whoever had taken and discarded them—so
instead I created their stories myself. The result was my first novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for
Peculiar Children. It’s enjoyed some remarkable success, especially for a book from a debut
novelist—there’s even a movie in the works! None of this would be happening if I hadn’t
let a handful of musty pictures tell me a story. Stories are everywhere; it’s just a matter of
tuning our ears to listen for them.
Given the way Miss Peregrine is told, with the photos I found woven through the narrative,
it’s proven to be a fascinating conversation-starter for students and teachers of creative
writing. Students can easily find photos of their own to use as writing prompts, either on the
Internet or, better yet, in the attics and closets of parents and grandparents. (I discovered
that it’s nearly impossible to write about old photographs without becoming interested
in their history. There’s something fascinating about the immediacy of a photograph, no
matter how old it is; though a picture might have been taken a hundred years ago, it is
always, in some sense, now.)
The story itself, though it takes some decidedly fantastical turns, has one foot firmly rooted
in history. I’m a firm believer that the real world is more dramatic than any story we can
make up about it, and when writing I try to draw upon real events whenever I can. The
experience of European Jews during World War II is central to the book, as is that of British
civilians living under the terrifying threat of German bombing raids. Though the world of
the peculiar children is fantasy, it exists alongside and frequently intersects with our own.
In many ways, Miss Peregrine is a story about tolerance. The peculiar children are people
who’ve been shunned, persecuted and forced into hiding because of their differentness—
but it is also this differentness that enables them. Though the children have special
abilities—one can make fire with her bare hands, another can levitate, yet another is
blessed with incredible strength—they are not superheroes. The levitating girl, for instance,
must wear heavy, leaden shoes to prevent her from floating away. A prophetic boy named
Horace is plagued by terrible dreams. Their peculiarities, like the gifts of we “normal”
people, exist along a spectrum of ability and disability.
Above all, my goal was to write a riveting story. I’ve received e-mails from hundreds of
readers telling me they “couldn’t put it down,” including many from teenagers who say they
rarely read books of their own volition, but finished Miss Peregrine in just a few days. (Those
are my favorites.) If my book can turn even a few reluctant readers on to fiction, I’ll be very
happy. With your help, though, I hope it can reach many more.
—Ransom Riggs
LUkA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE A Novel by Salman Rushdie NoW iN PaPeRBaCK Random

LUkA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE

A Novel

by Salman Rushdie

LUkA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE A Novel by Salman Rushdie NoW iN PaPeRBaCK Random House
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With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that

have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. “You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an adventure—yes, it’s finally here!” So says Haroun to his younger brother, twelve-year-old Luka. The adventure begins one beautiful starry night in the land of Alifbay, when Luka’s father, Rashid, falls suddenly into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka embarks on a journey through the world of magic with his loyal companions, Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear. Together they encounter a slew of fantastical creatures, strange allies, and challenging obstacles along the way—all in the hope of stealing the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly treacherous task.

Luka and the Fire of Life is a beautiful book. Well-written (obviously), imaginative (astonishingly so) and wonderful in the way it builds heartfelt magical fiction for kids who love video games: It’s like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.”

—neil gAimAn

“This entertaining fable, dedicated to Rushdie’s second son, is a stand-alone sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories Readers will enjoy the silly puns and fun magic-carpet ride, and should appreciate the literary in-jokes and wry humor. Although the tone is fairly lighthearted overall, the triumphant finale is a fantastic tribute to the rich interior world of the storyteller and the transformative power of his art.”

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“A celebration of storytelling.”

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storytelling.” — k irkuS r evieWS ( starreD review ) about the author SALMAN RUSHDIE is

about the author

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of ten novels: Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Best of the Booker in 2008), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. He is also the author of a book of stories: East, West, and three works of non-fiction: Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and Step Across This Line.

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read an excerpt from the book Chapter One: The Terrible Thing That Happened on the
read
an excerpt from the book
Chapter One:
The Terrible Thing That Happened
on the Beautiful starry Night
T here was once, in the city of Kahani, in the land of Alifbay, a boy named
Luka who had two pets, a bear named Dog and a dog named Bear, which
meant that whenever he called out, “Dog!” the bear waddled up amiably on
his hind legs, and when he shouted, “Bear!” the dog bounded toward him, wagging
his tail. Dog, the brown bear, could be a little gruff and bearish at times, but he was an
expert dancer, able to get up onto his hind legs and perform with subtlety and grace
the waltz, the polka, the rhumba, the wah-watusi, and the twist, as well as dances
from nearer home, the pounding bhangra, the twirling ghoomar (for which he wore a
wide mirror-worked skirt), the warrior dances known as the spaw and the thang-ta,
and the peacock dance of the south. Bear, the dog, was a chocolate Labrador, and
a gentle, friendly dog, though sometimes a bit excitable and nervous; he absolutely
could not dance, having, as the saying goes, four left feet, but to make up for his
clumsiness he possessed the gift of perfect pitch, so he could sing up a storm, howling
out the melodies of the most popular songs of the day, and never going out of tune.
Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear, quickly became much more than Luka’s pets. They
turned into his closest allies and most loyal protectors, so fierce in his defense that
nobody would ever have dreamed of bullying him when they were nearby, not even
his appalling classmate Ratshit, whose behavior was usually out of control.
This is how Luka came to have such unusual companions. One fine day when he
was twelve years old, the circus came to town—and not just any circus, but the GROF,
or Great Rings of Fire, itself; the most celebrated circus in all of Alifbay, “featuring the
Famous Incredible Fire Illusion.” So Luka was at first bitterly disappointed when his
father, the storyteller Rashid Khalifa, told him they would not be going to the show.
“Unkind to animals,” Rashid explained. “Once it may have had its glory days but
these days the GROF has fallen far from Grace.” The Lioness had tooth decay, Rashid
told Luka, and the Tigress was blind and the Elephants were hungry and the rest of
the circus menagerie was just plain miserable. The Ringmaster of the Great Rings of
Fire was the terrifying and enormous Captain Aag, a.k.a. Grandmaster Flame. The
animals were so scared of the crack of his whip that the Lioness with toothache and
the blind Tigress continued to jump through hoops and play dead and the skinny
Elephants still made Pachyderm Pyramids for fear of angering him, for Aag was a
man who was quick to anger and slow to laugh. And even when he put his cigar-
smoking head into the Lioness’s yawning mouth, she was too scared to bite it off just
in case it decided to kill her from inside her belly.
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in writing from the publisher.
Backlist Spotlight DIALOGUES A Novel of Suspense by Stephen Spignesi Bantam ★ MM ★ 978-0-553-59199-6
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DIALOGUES

A Novel of Suspense

by Stephen Spignesi

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In this electrifying debut, Stephen Spignesi reinvents the psychological thriller with a chilling tale of mounting intensity. Ingeniously crafted and crackling with suspense, here is a puzzle within a puzzle, at the center of which stands a hauntingly enigmatic young woman whose story will challenge everything you think you Six employees are killed in the euthanasia room of the animal shelter where they worked. Only one young woman survives—the most unlikely of cold-blooded killers. A lover of animals, Tory Troy is petite, brainy, and gifted with a sharp sense of humor. What could have provoked her to murder her coworkers? That’s the question court-assigned psychiatrist Baraku Bexley is determined to answer. Starting in the Connecticut mental hospital where she’s confined, Dr. Bexley will interview Tory and those who thought they knew her. For between the person Tory seems to be and the horrific crimes she’s accused of committing lies a divide so dark and deep that no one, not Bexley, not the reader, will see the shattering truth until the final page.

“An ingenious debut, largely talk, follows a moral and spiritual light as it rises out of darkness in a mental hospital. The main dialogue takes place between Tory and psychiatrist Dr. Baraku Bexley, who

looks into her past with her

Sucks

you in, then delivers a wildly weird and

unforeseeable ending.”

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“Tory Troy emerges as a smart, intuitive, sometimes funny woman who loves animals (and has a credible rationale for her job, which is described in detail) and who seems to harbor no particular ax to grind against her fellow employees. So what pushed her over the edge? Wisely, Spignesi allows readers to think about that on their own.”

—bookliST

An often fascinating narrative carried out in dialogue Tory’s writings and flashbacks heighten the tension.”

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flashbacks heighten the tension.” —P ubliSherS W eekly © Kate Berges about the author STEPHEN SPIGNESI

© Kate Berges

about the author

STEPHEN SPIGNESI is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He is also a university professor, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and musician. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his grey cat, Chloe.

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FROM the Author A Message Dialogues Will Get Students Talking (and Writing)! W hen Bantam
FROM the Author
A Message
Dialogues Will Get Students Talking (and Writing)!
W hen Bantam first published my novel Dialogues in hardcover in 2005, it was described as a
“reinvention of the psychological thriller.” Told mostly in dialogue, I wrote Dialogues as a
compelling drama about a young animal shelter worker named Tory Troy who one day murders
her six co-workers in the animal shelter gas chamber used to euthanize sick and unwanted animals.
Tory took a job at the animal shelter to help unwanted animals find good homes. She ended up being
trained for and working as an animal euthanasia technician. One day, after the deadly gas had done its
job, she opens the chamber door and sees
a kitten who didn’t die. This begins a journey for Tory that
ultimately results in a decision she alone can make: whether to live or die.
In addition to writing, I am also a Practitioner in Residence and Professor of English at the University
of New Haven in Connecticut. A few years after its initial publication, I began assigning Dialogues to
my English Composition and Literature students as a novel to read for the semester. I also gave them
Dialogues assignments, some culled from the “Reader’s Guide to Dialogues,” written by Bantam for reading
groups when the book was first published. The most important Dialogues-related assignment was a 1,000-
word analytical essay in which the students had to analyze the symbolism, foreshadowing, word choice,
style, tone, and all the other literary elements of the novel they had studied during the semester.
The response from my students to reading, studying, and writing about Dialogues has been
consistently and overwhelmingly positive. I realized that Dialogues is an eminently teachable novel, and
that it can be appreciated on several levels. It is a captivating thriller with a page-turner appeal and a
stunning twist ending. Plus it can be analyzed and deconstructed on a literary level.
For example:
• The protagonist, Tory Troy, is arrested and assigned a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Baraku Bexley,
who is given the task of determining if she’s fit to stand trial. All the “dialogues” between Tory and Dr.
Bexley take place in a stark room of a psychiatric hospital. The hospital represents the prison of Tory’s
mind, and the dialogues between her and Dr. Bexley are, in essence (and which we realize at the end
of the novel), Tory talking to herself.
• A jury is impaneled, and this is a symbol for Tory’s self-judgment; her ultimate attempt at redemption
for working at a job as a euthanasia technician.
• Some of Tory’s college writings are included in the novel. One novella in particular, The Baby’s Room,
foreshadows the conclusion of the novel, and it has been consistently fascinating to me to see how
many students recognize the fact that the novella is a replication “in miniature” of the complete
Dialogues novel.
Students greatly enjoy reading Dialogues—it is, after all, a contemporary thriller—and because the
novel is so layered with subtext and literary elements suitable for student interpretation, when the book
is eventually discussed in class, students respond eagerly to learning its secrets and talking about what
things meant, what people said, and how the book ends.
Dialogues is an excellent choice for adoption for college and high school English Composition and
Literature courses. As part of the support for the book, I will provide to teachers who adopt the novel a
detailed outline of the Dialogues lecture I personally deliver to my students every semester.
—Stephen Spignesi
HALF A LIFE A Memoir by Darin Strauss Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)

HALF A LIFE

A Memoir

by Darin Strauss

HALF A LIFE A Memoir by Darin Strauss Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography) In

Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)

Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography) In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist

In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist

Darin Strauss recounts a tragedy and its aftermath. In the last month of his high school career, just after turning eighteen, Strauss is behind the wheel of his father’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, having “thoughts of mini-golf, another thought of maybe just going to the beach.” Then out of the blue: a collision that results in the death of a bicycling classmate and that shadows the rest of his life. In haunting, penetrating prose, Darin Strauss explores loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.

“Darin Strauss has spent a good part of his adult life reliving, regretting

and reflecting on a single, split-second incident. Half a Life is a starkly honest account of that fateful moment and

his life thereafter

penetrating,

thought-provoking.”

—The WAShingTon PoST

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sentence by

This is a

memoir in its finest form, a fully imagined and bittersweet book that transcends a single misstep.”

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“At the center of this elegant, painful, stunningly honest memoir thrums a question fundamental to what it means to be human: What do we do with what

we’ve been given?

What is truly

exceptional here is watching a writer of fine fiction probe, directly, carefully

and with great humility, the source from which his fiction springs.”

—The neW york TimeS book revieW

“With honesty and sensitivity, Strauss looks not only at how that fateful incident decades ago ended Celine’s young life, but also at how it greatly affected his. Out of undoubtedly complicated circumstances, he crafts a simple yet remarkable story about pain and guilt, maturity and responsibility, hope and understanding.”

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hope and understanding.” —S An f rAnCiSCo C hroniCle about the author DARIN STRAUSS is the

about the author

DARIN STRAUSS is the bestselling author of three previous books. The recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction writing and numerous other awards, Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University, and he lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.

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FROM the Author A Message W hen I was 18, I was in a car
FROM the Author
A Message
W hen I was 18, I was in a car accident: a girl swerved in front of my car, I couldn’t avoid her,
and she died. I moved soon afterward, and so this crash and its aftermath made up the
secret I carried around for 18 years. Until I wrote Half a Life.
40,000 die on U.S. roads every year. And with every accident, somebody walks away feeling he’s
put on the executioner’s hood. That’s one reason Half a Life has resonated with so many people. But
it’s not the only reason, I’ve come to realize.
When I decided to write this story—the story of me and of the girl who died that day—I don’t
think I understood how universal other people would find it; I was just writing what had happened to
me. But very soon, I realized this story threw huge shadows. Excerpted in GQ and on This American
Life, as well as in The Times of London, The Daily Mail (U.K.) and numerous other publications in the
U.S. and around the world, Half a Life ended up having real valence for a great many people. I’ve
received probably over a thousand emails from readers who have wanted to share their own stories:
a man who blames himself because he didn’t take his mother’s threats seriously and therefore left for
boarding school the day before her suicide; a number of soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan who
are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder; people who have suffered horrible personal loss; and,
of course, many car accident survivors.
Furthermore, I traveled the country with this book—even before it won the National Book
Critics Circle Award for best memoir/autobiography of 2010—and at every reading I gave, someone
invariably came up to me and shared a story of personal grief and guilt. At first, I didn’t know why
they were opening up in this way: what did seeing one’s brother overdose have to do with my story?
And why did this person want to tell me?
When I was a kid, after the accident, I felt completely alone—suffering under a crushing guilt,
even though everyone said I wasn’t at fault.
The thing is, no one knows how to feel about guilt: people think if an official person—a
policeman, a judge or reporter—says you weren’t at fault, it’ll be all right. What the book is about is:
that’s not so. If you just accept what other people tell you to feel, it leads to your living half a life, with
the other half covering something up.
The point is, it turns out almost everybody has something in their past to feel guilt and/or grief
about, whether they were culpable in their life-shaping event or not. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic
as mine. (I was found blameless in my accident, but that didn’t stop the lawsuits from happening.)
Everyone is worried about doing what appears to be right, rather than what is right for them.
Until I wrote Half a Life, I found math personally treacherous—its A-to-B-to-C arrogance, its
Boolean surety: I operated the car. The car hit the girl. A=C. I killed the girl. Algebra makes no
allowances. Or maybe it does—when it leaves the workbook and enters our flesh-and-blood world.
With this book I wrote what hurt; I looked it in the eye. And, for my readers, watching somebody
work through those feelings has brought a kind of catharsis.
This is the story I would have needed to read when I was 18. I wrote it in part for the girl who
died—to show how much she’s touched every part of my life—but I wrote it for that teenage me too,
and for other people who feel guilt and don’t know if they should.
The lessons I learned are not glib, or very self-helpy. All the same, if one writes honestly and well
about unwarranted guilt and how to overcome it, I think one can write a book that is self-helpful.
—Darin Strauss
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACkS by Rebecca Skloot Selected for common reading at more

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACkS

by Rebecca Skloot

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Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of the year

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book

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• American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Young Adult Science Book Award

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they played a vital role in developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions, with devastating consequences for her family. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of old wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta’s children, unable to afford health insurance, wrestle with feelings of pride, fear, and betrayal.

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features, teaching guide and other classroom resources. about the author REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science

about the author

REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and elsewhere. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW, and has taught nonfiction in the creative writing departments at the University of Memphis and the University of Pittsburgh, and science journalism at New York University. Visit her on the web at www.RebeccaSkloot.com.

“Using [The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks] in the classroom will deepen your students’ understanding of nonfiction, science, medicine, and history—but more than that, it will prepare them to engage thoughtfully with the profound moral and ethical dilemmas posed by emergent technologies and the world we share.”

amy JursKis, tri-cities hiGh school, east Point, GeorGia

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fascinating read and a ringing success. It is a well-written, carefully researched, complex saga of medical research, bioethics, and race in America. Above all it is a human story of redemption for a family, torn by loss, and for a writer with a vision that would not let go.”

—The boSTon globe

“Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine

thoughtfully, and tells the Lacks family’s

often painful story with grace

Science

writing is often just about the ‘facts.’

Skloot’s book, her first, is far deeper,

braver, and more my hair stand on end.”

Made

—The neW york TimeS book revieW

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FROM the Author A Message first learned about HeLa cells and the woman behind them
FROM the Author
A Message
first learned about HeLa cells and the woman behind them as a sixteen-year-old sitting in a
I
basic biology class. I knew only fragments of her story, but those fragments inspired me to
start asking questions—about science and mortality, bioethics, and how
I’d feel if my own cells were used in research. I didn’t yet know that her cells
had launched a multibillion-dollar industry while her children lived in poverty,
or that the cells had had devastating consequences for the family.
Henrietta’s story captures the imagination of students interested in any number
of subjects, including the sciences, medicine, history, philosophy, law, bioethics,
journalism, and creative writing. I’ve spoken about HeLa at schools around the
country, where students are transfixed by the story. I tell them that if you could pile all the HeLa
cells ever grown on a scale they would weigh more than one hundred fifty Empire State Buildings,
and that HeLa has been fused with mouse cells to create Henrietta-mouse
hybrid cells. It’s the stuff of science fiction, but it’s true, and students love
it. Combine that with the story of Henrietta’s family—a tale about science,
religion, race, and class—and students’ reactions are powerful.
© Omar Quintero
Courtesy of Gopal Murti
During Q & As, the first question is usually, “Wasn’t it illegal to take her cells
and use them in research without asking?” The answer is no—not in 1951,
and not in 2010. Today, most Americans have their tissue on file somewhere,
as a result of routine blood tests or biopsies. And since the late sixties, when testing newborns
for genetic diseases became required by law, each baby born in the United States has had blood
taken, and those samples are often stored and used by scientists. This means that most students
in this country have tissues of their own being used in research, and neither they nor their parents
likely realize it.
As a teacher, I always look for books that bring together the many disparate
fields that students will study throughout their academic careers, and that
allow them to explore the real-world consequences of intellectual discoveries.
Other teachers tell me The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks does just that,
bringing together themes of health, community, family, ethics, religion, science,
storytelling, history, business, law, and humanity.
Courtesy of Gopal Murti
I have already spoken at hundreds of schools nationwide. As a regular guest
speaker who has also worked as a correspondent for radio and television, I
understand the importance of being an engaging speaker, and my talks have
been called “moving and engaging of both the heart and mind.” You can visit
the events page of my website at RebeccaSkloot.com and you can contact me
through the site. I look forward to visiting even more schools as part of their
Common Reading Programs.
Courtesy of Tom Deerinck
As a young student, I couldn’t have imagined that Henrietta’s story would lead me to become a
writer, or that writing this book would be a ten-year journey. There’s no telling what effect this
story could have on students. I can’t wait to find out.
—Rebecca Skloot
HeLa cells take on a different appearance depending on the type of microscope and dye used to see them
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GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew

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“In Tran’s memoir of his parents’ life in Vietnam—and his own discovery of that story—theme, narrative, and art work together to create a deeply compelling graphic novel. Tran meditates on war, loss, and memory, but the overriding theme is the complexity, hardship, and reward of family life, a theme that finds full life in the author’s multi-layered This novel could easily find a place in the classroom but its broad set of issues and graphic format should also appeal to a wide variety of teens.”

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“This will be called the MAUS for the Vietnam War, and for good reason. Similar premise: clueless American-born son of immigrants confronts the legacy of family pain predating his birth. Similar outcome: a kick-in-the-gut graphic Engaging, challenging, and disturbing, Tran’s family memoir belongs in all public and academic libraries.”

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libraries.” —l ibrAry J ournAl ( STArred revieW ) © Joe Tomcho about the author Cartoonist/illustrator

© Joe Tomcho

about the author

Cartoonist/illustrator GB TRAN was born one year after his parents fled Vietnam and resettled in South Carolina. Having started as a comics self-publisher after being awarded the Xeric Grant, Vietnamerica is his first major book and has been featured on ABC’s World News Now, Kirkus’ “12 Can’t-Miss Graphic Novels of 2011”, and Amazon’s “Top 25 Adult Summer Reads.” The book’s exploration of multicultural themes has also recently earned GB a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in nonfiction literature.

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TINY SU NBIRDS, FAR AWAY A Novel by Christie Watson When their mother catches their

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TINY SU NBIRDS, FAR AWAY A Novel by Christie Watson When their mother catches their father
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FROM the Author A Message I ’ve never been very good at doing what I’m
FROM the Author
A Message
I ’ve never been very good at doing what I’m told. When I was told that writing novels
should only ever be a hobby, that having children would make it impossible to find
time to write, that writing a novel was something I should never aim for, not really, I
simply didn’t listen. I crept out of bed at 5 am and wrote, every day, even if I’d been up all
night nursing a sick child, so tired my eyes were only half open. On those days, in fact, my
writing was the best. I thought of my characters all the time and even dreamed of them.
After a few months I had something to look at, some writing, words that might just one day
turn into a novel.
“You should write what you know,” said people, when they realized my dream was not
going to disappear. “Write your life, stick to a simple story for your first book. Write an easy
story.” Again, I didn’t listen. I fell in love with a man and his country: Nigeria. The story
belonged in Nigeria, and to Blessing, a twelve-year-old Nigerian girl. I listened to the voice
of my then thirteen-year-old, how she used language in nonsensical ways, how she saw the
world around her. Blessing, my main character, began talking to me. I wrote about politics,
gender, violence, religion, humanity. I asked questions and explored in my novel things that
I didn’t understand and wanted answers to: race, culture, belonging, and identity, what it is
to be human, how it feels to grow up too quickly.
“Don’t visit that part of the world,” said friends, family, the foreign office, when they
discovered what my story was becoming, where it belonged. “It’s too dangerous.” So
I travelled. I stayed with family throughout Nigeria, and saw vibrant cities and sleepy
villages, mountains, rivers, deserts, forests. I visited the Niger Delta, stood on the riverbank
and watched the brightly coloured birds in the mangroves, and smelled the air, smoky, like
a book unopened for a very long time. I listened to the local stories.
And now people tell me that the novel is too difficult for younger readers. Too political. Too
gritty. A younger audience will find the scenes of childbirth or violence, of love and loss, too
traumatic. Young people in the U.S. like an easier story that doesn’t take them out of their
comfortable world. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away is too adult. The themes are too mature.
I’m simply not going to listen. And, of course, you won’t either: you know what your
students are capable of, you know that challenging them always brings out the best, and
you believe, like I do, that a true education demands we broaden our perspective and jump
out of our comfort zones.
—Christie Watson
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Acclaimed modern poet Billy Collins covers the usual but everlasting themes of love and loss, life and death, youth and aging, solitude and union, in this new collection of poems.

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This tale of catastrophe and survival tells the story of Amy—abandoned by her

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save the ruined world.

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For editor Jeff Deck, it became clear that dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization, and only he would wield the marker to defeat them. Deck and his friend Benjamin set off across America on the ultimate typo-hunting journey.

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THe LaNguage of fLoWeRs: A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

An elegantly written debut novel, this book beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

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In this daring book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe.

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juLieT: A Novel

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When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety- deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena.

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THe Red uMBReLLa

by Christina Gonzalez

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This is the moving tale of a fourteen-year- old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution. The Red Umbrella is a powerful story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

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BeCoMiNg MaRie aNToiNeTTe A Novel

by Juliet Grey

In this first novel of a new trilogy, students will follow the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.

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BLeaCHeRs: A Novel

by John Grisham

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, relive his old glories, and hopefully learn forgiveness in order to get on with his own life.

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a TiMe To KiLL: A Novel

by John Grisham

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

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deaRLy, dePaRTed

by Lia Habel

The first book in a new young adult series is packed with adventure, danger, zombies, humor, and a little romance.

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THaNK you foR aRguiNg What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

by Jay Heinrichs

Full of time-tested secrets as well as contemporary techniques, this book is a master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill.

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by Jay Heinrichs

Word Hero takes students on an engaging and instructive tour of the mechanisms that make powerful language work.

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“With the zombie Austen mashup mania showing no sign of abating, this is a must-read for fans and a must-buy for the libraries serving them.”

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Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

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Language Arts PoeTRy afTeR 9/11 Edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians This tenth

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PoeTRy afTeR 9/11

Edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians

This tenth anniversary edition is an important and inspiring document from a defining moment in U.S. history. A sweeping collection of poems by New York poets, written in the year after the 9/11 attacks, provides a unique and affirming snapshot of life in the aftermath of disaster.

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Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes awry when he wakes up late for work and finds that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. Includes haunting illustrations.

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Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost and alone. In the seventh volume of Chi’s Sweet Home, the feline heroine of this series finds herself in her biggest predicament yet.

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Bayou Volume Two

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South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate. This graphic novel compendium collects four new chapters of the critically acclaimed webcomic series.

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A Novel

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“Matar offers a searing vision of familial rupture and disintegration in his trenchant follow-up to In the Country of An elegant and smart evocation of the complexities of filial love.”

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iN THe CouNTRy of MeN

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Through the eyes of young Suleiman, we experience a child’s often misguided

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it means to be a man, what is involved in

humanity, and how much of one’s identity is tied to one’s country.

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★ 256pp. $15.00/NCR ★ exam Copy: $3.00 by Rabindranath Maharaj Seventeen-year-old Samuel, naïve

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Seventeen-year-old Samuel, naïve and inexperienced, leaves his home in Trinidad for Canada following the death of his mother. On his journey he encounters molemen, super-villains, chimeras, trolls, and a host

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journey.

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LeT THe gReaT WoRLd sPiN

A Novel

by Colum McCann

Winner, National Book Award for Fiction

It is August 1974 in lower Manhattan, and

a mysterious tightrope walker is running,

dancing, leaping between the Twin Towers,

suspended a quarter mile above the ground.

In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives

become extraordinary in Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

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aLL sTaR suPeRMaN

by Grant Morrison Illustrated by Frank Quitely

The amazing creative team of writer Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and artist Frank Quitely (WE3) join forces to take Superman back to basics and create a new vision of the World’s First Superhero.

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suPeRgods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

by Grant Morrison

From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero.

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THe TigeR’s Wife: A Novel

by Téa Obreht

Winner, Orange Prize for Fiction

The Tiger’s Wife is a meditation on death, love,

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sWaN Poems and Prose Poems

by Mary Oliver

In Mary Oliver’s twentieth volume of poetry and prose poems, this book is her tribute to “the mortal way” of desiring and living in the world. Few poets express the immense complexities of human experience as skillfully, or capture so memorably the smallest nuances.

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Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. She favors her light-skinned kids, but thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae, her child with the darkest complexion, is also the brightest. She desperately wants to continue with her education. Her mother, however, has other plans.

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sHaNgHai giRLs: A Novel

by Lisa See

In 1937, Shanghai is a city of great wealth and glamour. Twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to American suitors looking for Chinese brides. At its heart, this is a story of sisters, and their love for each other.

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dReaMs of joy: A Novel

by Lisa See

In this novel set in Shanghai, 1957, Lisa See continues the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.

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sNoW fLoWeR aNd THe seCReT faN: A Novel

by Lisa See

Set in nineteenth-century China, this book is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical

and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: friendship.

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Language Arts j. d. saLiNgeR : A Life by Kenneth Slawenski One of the most

Language Arts

j. d. saLiNgeR: A Life

by Kenneth Slawenski

One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. This fascinating biography sheds new light on the life and times of the reclusive, brilliant author.

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MaRzi

by Marzena Sowa Illustrated by Sylvain Savoia

An engrossing picture of growing up

in Communist Poland on the cusp of revolution. Without being heavy-handed or sacrificing

any of its singular charm, the book subtly invokes

a comparison between the place of the children in society and that of the oppressed under authoritarian regimes.”

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VaCLaV & LeNa: A Novel

by Haley Tanner

Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tanner’s wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a foregone conclusion.

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PRiNCess KNigHT Part One

by Osamu Tezuka

Set in a medieval fairy-tale backdrop, Princess Knight is the tale of a young princess named Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne.

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BiTTeR iN THe MouTH: A Novel

by Monique Truong

From Monique Truong, the bestselling and award-winning author of The Book of Salt, comes a brilliant, mesmerizing, beautifully written novel about a young woman’s search for identity and family, as she uncovers the secrets of her past and of history.

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WHiLe MoRTaLs sLeeP Unpublished Short Fiction

by Kurt Vonnegut

Smart, whimsical, and often scathing, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut influenced a generation of American writers. In these previously unpublished gems, Vonnegut’s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars—and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world.

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THe HoMeCoMiNg of saMueL LaKe A Novel

by Jenny Wingfield

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake recalls the worlds created in books such as To Kill a Mockingbird or The Lovely Bones. Teens who like those books will surely be attracted to this one because it draws from the same understanding of place and time, and features characters who stay with their readers.”

—SChool librAry JournAl

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TWiN sPiCa Volume Ten

by Kou Yaginuma

From one of Japan’s brightest manga stars, Kou Yaginuma, the Twin Spica series expresses a sense of humanity through the advances of science and technology and is endorsed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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I nspired by the magical relationship between gripping storytelling and the roar of the campfire, we are pleased to introduce Campfire tm Graphic Novels. This

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THe WoNdeRfuL WizaRd of oz

by L. Frank Baum Adapted by Roland Mann; Illustrated by K.L. Jones

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aLiCe iN WoNdeRLaNd

by Lewis Carroll Adapted by Lewis Helfand; Illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda

Campfire TR 978-93-80028-23-1 72pp.

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RoBiNsoN CRusoe

by Daniel Defoe Adapted by Dan Johnson; Illustrated by Naresh Kumar

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a CHRisTMas CaRoL

by Charles Dickens Adapted by Scott McCullar; Illustrated by Naresh Kumar

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THe CaLL of THe WiLd

by Jack London Adapted by Lloyd S. Wagner; Illustrated by Sachin Nagar

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MoBy diCK

by Herman Melville Adapted by Lance Stahlberg; Illustrated by Lalit Kumar

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fRaNKeNsTeiN

by Mary Shelley Adapted by Lloyd S. Wagner; Illustrated by Naresh Kumar

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TReasuRe isLaNd

by Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted by Andrew Harrar; Illustrated by Richard Kohlrus

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guLLiVeR’s TRaVeLs

by Jonathan Swift Adapted by Lewis Helfand; Illustrated by Vinod Kumar

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HaRRy HoudiNi

by C.E.L. Welsh Illustrated by Lalit Singh

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Language Arts Science HoW i KiLLed PLuTo aNd WHy iT Had iT CoMiNg by Mike
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HoW i KiLLed PLuTo aNd WHy iT Had iT CoMiNg

by Mike Brown

In 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, which resulted in a firestorm of controversy and ultimately the demotion of Pluto to a “dwarf” planet. This book is Brown’s engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy.

account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy. spiegel & grau ★ HC ★ 978-0-385-53108-5
account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy. spiegel & grau ★ HC ★ 978-0-385-53108-5

spiegel & grau HC 978-0-385-53108-5 288pp. $25.00/$28.95 Can. exam Copy: $12.50

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Reading Level: 12

Series Spotlight Engage your budding scientists with the 3-volume THE STORY OF SCIENCE series by
Series Spotlight
Engage your budding scientists with the 3-volume
THE STORY OF SCIENCE series by JOY HAKIM
For teachers: http://www.joyhakim.com/disc.htm
THe sToRy of sCieNCe: Aristotle Leads the Way
In volume one, master storyteller Joy Hakim narrates the
evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the
present. Here Hakim introduces students to Aristotle—one of
the greatest philosophers of all time—whose scientific ideas
dominated much of the world for eighteen centuries.
smithsonian Books ★ HC ★ 978-1-58834-160-0 ★ 256pp.
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THe sToRy of sCieNCe : Newton at the Center
In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus’s systematic
observations place the sun at the center of our universe—to
the dismay of the establishment. Follows the achievements and
frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, and Isaac Newton.
smithsonian Books ★ HC ★ 978-1-58834-161-7 ★ 480pp.
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THe sToRy of sCieNCe: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
This third and final book in the series brings students to the
recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the
quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics.
smithsonian Books ★ HC ★ 978-1-58834-162-4 ★ 480pp.
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Reading Level for all: 8

THe gRaNd desigN

by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

The first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world’s great thinkers, The Grand Design is a marvelously concise book with new answers to the ultimate questions of life.

Bantam HC