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Mark Strand

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Mark Strand comes an exquisitely witty and poignant series of prose poems. Sometimes appearing as pure prose, sometimes as impure poetry, but always with Strand’s clarity and simplicity of style, they are like riddles, their answers vanishing just as they appear within reach. Fable, domestic satire, meditation, joke, and fantasy all come together in what is arguably the liveliest, most entertaining book that Strand has yet written.

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Kate Salley Palmer

Over 5,000 African Americans fought in George Washington's Continental Army during the Revolution. The author found the stories of over 20 black heroes of the war and illustrated their stories in this book. Most were freed slaves in the northern colonies, but several slaves fought for their country in the southern colonies, including Oscar Marion who was a member of The Swamp Fox's brigade in South Carolina.

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Nita Ferguson

Their father was married seven times. When their mother died at the age of thirty, Nita was seven years old and her sister, Ilene, was nine. They found themselves at the mercy of several stepmothers. Some were kind and others were cruel. Their father loved liquor, women and foul language. Was he a master manipulator or a poor soul reacting to the cards that life had dealt him? Ilene and Nita followed him from one woman to the next, never feeling loved or lovable, even by him. The sisters reacted to this treatment differently. The family secrets that were divulged through the years had a detrimental effect on the extended family. This story shows how important it is to make ethical choices that enable us to have no regrets in spite of chaos.

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Mark Strand

A latest collection by the U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author is comprised of whimsical, prose-style dramas that explore the receding vista of life while posing eloquent, riddle-like conundrums about the human condition.

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Mark Strand

A latest collection by the U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blizzard of One is comprised of whimsical, prose-style dramas that explore the receding vista of life while posing eloquent, riddle-like conundrums about the human condition.

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Maureen Garvie

Thirteen-year-old Jewel has been holding her life together ever since her older sister, Charmaine, suddenly left home with no forwarding address. She tried to find Charmaine once, but that only brought her family to the attention of the police. Now Jewel keeps her head down at school, looks after her special-needs brother as well as she can, tries to steer clear of her parents and their shady friends. Until one of her father’s friends comes into her bedroom at night, and finally Jewel understands why Charmaine had to leave home. Soon she is on the run herself, hiding out in a cabin in the country, terrified of being found, afraid that social services will force her to return to her family. When her food runs out, she returns to town where she chances upon a new place to live — the cupboard of the art room at school. Jewel carefully eases into her new life, avoiding the eye of teachers and caretakers, babysitting in the afternoons for extra cash. It turns out to be surprisingly easy to live under the radar when you have perfected the art of being almost invisible. That is, until Jewel’s classmates, Maya and Lily, discover her washing her hair in the girls’ washroom at school and making breakfast in the lunchroom. They are eager to help her, and they take her on as their project, sort of like the Barbie dolls that they rescue from yard sales and restore to sell on the internet. They find her places to sleep, fix her hair and wardrobe — even as they can’t quite understand her terror, or why she is so afraid of seeking adult help. But the girls help keep Jewel and her secret safe — until they no longer can. Told in the alternating voices of Maya and Jewel, this is a thought-provoking and moving story about loyalty, privilege, keeping secrets, and what it means to be a good friend.

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When Mike Gonzo and his friends see an empty pair of Reeboks run into an alley, they decide to follow, and find themselves in deep trouble.

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Daphne Skinner

For use in schools and libraries only. After a shy girl named Irene learns about animal camouflage, she tries to avoid being noticed at a party and at school by blending in with her surroundings.