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The Thingity-Jig

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Though all of his forest friends are deep in dreams, little bear is wide awake and restless. He decides to wander into town, where, in an alleyway, he discovers a thingity-jig. Though others might dismiss his find as just a couch, he... Read More

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Music All Around

by Danielle Ballantyne

Sofia leaves “every salty echo of the sea” behind when she goes to visit her grandparents’ house in the woods, but just because the music changes doesn’t mean it’s lost, and she conducts new movements in the thumping feet of... Read More

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The Night Walk

by Michelle Anne Schingler

The night air smells like irises and honeysuckle when two children’s parents wake them for an undefined adventure. They dress in the blue predawn and walk through the village as their eyes adjust. Here and there, there are signs of... Read More

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Princes of the Renaissance

by Susan Waggoner

Mary Hollingsworth’s "Princes of the Renaissance" is a revealing account of the city-state dynasties that created unimaginable wealth, cut-throat competitions, and lavish displays of patronage, resulting in some of the Western... Read More

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by Meg Nola

P. Christiaan Klieger’s "Tibet" is a complex, storied survey of the mountainous homeland of the Dalai Lama. Once a powerful empire, Tibet has struggled for centuries to maintain its identity and independence, pushing back against... Read More

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Chemistry for Breakfast

by Melissa Wuske

Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim’s "Chemistry for Breakfast" is a delightful, mentally stimulating popular science book. This chemist’s-eye view of daily life brings out curiosity that is both intelligent and childlike. Nguyen-Kim’s love for... Read More

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