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Alpaca Lunch

By John Churchman, Jennifer Churchman
Authors:
John Churchman, Jennifer Churchman
Poppy the alpaca loves going on adventures and trying new things! She's excited to explore the farm and discover all of the plants, fruits, and vegetables growing around every bend. But when she hears about the winter frost coming, she's worried--where will she and her family get their food? Poppy and her animal friends learn how everyone on the farm works together to prepare for the colder season. Alpaca Lunch encourages healthy eating and trying new things as the animals explore a beautiful array of interesting and colorful foods growing around the farm. This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman features real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including a brand-new herd of adorable alpacas, as well as fan favorites Sweet Pea from The SheepOver, Finn from Brave Little Finn, and Maisie from A Farm for Maisie.

Augustine

By Robin Lane Fox
Authors:
Robin Lane Fox
Saint Augustine is one of the most influential figures in all of Christianity, yet his path to sainthood was by no means assured. Born in AD 354 to a pagan father and a Christian mother, Augustine spent the first thirty years of his life struggling to understand the nature of God and his world. He learned about Christianity as a child but was never baptized, choosing instead to immerse himself in the study of rhetoric, Manicheanism, and then Neoplatonism,all the while indulging in a life of lust and greed. In Augustine , the acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox re-creates Augustine's early life with unparalleled insight, showing how Augustine's quest for knowledge and faith finally brought him to Christianity and a life of celibacy. Augustine's Confessions , a vivid description of his journey toward conversion and baptism, still serves as a model of spirituality for Christians around the world. Magisterial and beautifully written, Augustine will be the definitive biography of this colossal figure for decades to come.

Awesome Dawson

By Chris Gall
Authors:
Chris Gall
Dawson is a boy with a motto: 'EVERYTHING can be used again!' He takes apart junk and uses the parts to create anything from aeroplanes to fish tanks to robot friends like Mooey, his faithful (but long-suffering) sidekick. Dawson sneaks into his secret hideout to recycle his neighbors' trash, but also to escape his daily chores - until the day he realizes he has everything he needs to create a robot that will do his chores for him!The only problem is that Dawson makes the robot a little too... awesome. The 'Vacu-Maniac' starts sucking up everything in sight, destroying the town and terrorizing its citizens. It'll take all Dawson's ingenuity to bring his creation down, and when he finally does, he learns an important lesson about using his creativity and skills to figure out how to make life better for others - not just himself.In this high-energy adventure, Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse and recycle with a fantastical twist that will have them laughing and cheering for this totally awesome new hero.

All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep

By Crescent Dragonwagon, David McPhail
Authors:
Crescent Dragonwagon
Illustrated by:
David McPhail
My little one, lay down your head.It's time to doze, it's time for bed.You tell me, "I'm not sleepy now.""Just try," I say. You ask me, "How?"As a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night, she tells him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.
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Almost a Woman

By Esmeralda Santiago
Authors:
Esmeralda Santiago
Following the enchanting story recounted in When I Was Puerto Rican of the author's emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the prestigious Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, Esmeralda Santiago delivers the tale of her young adulthood, where she continually strives to find a balance between becoming American and staying Puerto Rican. While translating for her mother Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York's prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she begins to defy her mother's protective rules, only to find that independence brings new dangers and dilemmas.

Arthur's Mystery Envelope

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL. His friends try to guess what's inside. It might just be information on...summer school! Will Arthur face the consequences or pretend to lose the envelope? In chapter-book format, for children who are ready to read on their own, this mysterious adventure will surely be a hit among Arthur fans.

Arthur's Thanksgiving

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Arthur has been picked to direct his school's Thanksgiving play. His most important job is assigning the parts. Francine demands she be the narrator, her voice is the loudest, and Buster, Brain and Muffy have already picked their roles. What will Arthur do when he realizes everyone wants to be star, but no one wants to play the Turkey? He places an ad, hangs posters, he even asks his family to pitch in. Then, with a little help, Arthur remembers an old saying: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Arthur saves the day.

Along A Long Road

By Frank Viva
Authors:
Frank Viva
Follow that road! Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down. Frank's striking graphic style is executed in just five joyous colors, and his spare, rhythmic language is infectious. Hit a bump? Get back on track! Reach the end? Start again

Arthur And The Baby

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Arthur's family is expecting a baby. Everyone is excited, but Arthur wonders, will the new baby change everything? Will he still be able to play with his friends? What if he has to change diapers? When the baby comes home, and his Mother needs some help, D.W. takes charge until the baby starts to cry. Good thing Arthur figures out what his new baby sister needs.

Arthur Turns Green

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years! Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! Will the Big Green Machine get her too? Just in time for Earth Day, this heartwarming story will be printed on recycled paper.

An Improvised Life

By Alan Arkin
Authors:
Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process- artistic and personal- of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.

All Things at Once

By Mika Brzezinski, Perseus
Authors:
Mika Brzezinski, Perseus
As the co-host of MSNBC's popular show Morning Joe , Mika Brzezinski has established herself as a leading political news journalist and beloved television personality. But success hasn't always come easy for Mika. Growing up the only daughter of former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, she struggled to find an identity in a family of overachievers. She worked her way up the ranks of network television to surpass even her own ambitions, reaching the very top of the ladder, only to get canned less than a year later. After an unsuccessful stint as a stay-at-home mom, Mika went back to the workplace with encouragement from her eight-year-old daughter. She decided to start all over again with a beginner's job at age forty, a step back that proved to be a brilliant career move. Mika stumbled into Morning Joe and the rest is history. Now, in a time when many women are losing their jobs or struggling to find the perfect balance between work and home, Mika guides women of all ages to a place where they can find peace and fulfillment in their lives. In the tradition of Gail Sheehy's classic Passages , this illuminating book shows women how to reach their full potential in all areas of life and at every stage of their journey. Blending the personal with the prescriptive, Brzezinski's book will address the perpetual question of how to have it all" when it comes to work and family the importance of remaining equally humble in the face of great success and seemingly devastating setbacks as well as the necessity of knowing and embracing our limitations so that we may transcend them.
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Arthur Goes To Camp

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Join Arthur and celebrate trips away from home with two favourite Arthur Adventures! In Arthur Goes To Camp, Arthur has had enough of Camp Meadowbrook's rotten food, poison ivy and barking counselors, but picks the wrong night for an easy escape. In Arthur's Family Vacation, Arthur's vacation with his family starts out as a real disaster, but soon turn into a lot more fun than he could have imagined. Now with a full page of special edition stickers featuring Arthur, D.W., and all their pals, Arthur fans can collect them, share with friends, or create their own Arthur Adventures.
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Arthur's Family Vacation

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
In this classic Arthur Adventure, everyone's favorite aardvark is unhappy about going on vacation with his family. But when their trip is rained out and the family ends up stuck in a motel, he shows them how to make the best of a bad situation.Kids will love listening along as Marc Brown reads this classic Arthur story.

After The Fire

By Robin Gaby Fisher
Authors:
Robin Gaby Fisher
On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through Seton Hall University's freshman dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighbourhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape, but both were burned terribly. AFTER THE FIRE is the story of these young men and their courageous fight to recover from the worst damage the burn unit at Saint Barnabas hospital had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family and the invisible ties that bind us to each other. It is the story of the search for the arsonists--and the elaborate cover-up that nearly obscured the truth. And it is the story of the women who came to love these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.

Arthur Babysits

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Arthur's experience babysitting for the terrible Tibble twins is more challenging than he expected! The feisty little ones almost get the best of the adorable aardvark, but he is finally able to settle them down with an imaginative story. Kids will love listening along as beloved author/illustrator, Marc Brown reads this exciting story

Arthur's Tooth

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Even though it happens to everyone, losing a tooth for the first time can make kids a little nervous or apprehensive. 'Arthur's Tooth' offers a funny story that helps make the loss of baby teeth less scary. It shows kids that they are not alone in losing their teeth, while also telling a story that is silly enough to keep kids engaged.

Arthur Meets The President

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
When Arthur wins the "How I Can Help Make America Great'' contest, he and his classmates are excited about attending the special ceremony at the White House. But when Arthur learns he has to recite his winning essay on TV, he is terrified! When his notes are blown away by the helicopter's wind, it is his irrepressible sister, D.W., who saves the day and underscores Brown's message that, "We can all help to make America great by helping others.''Kids will love reading along as Marc Brown reads this favorite Arthur Adventure.

Arthur Helps Out

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
It's Saturday, and Arthur wants to play, but Mom and Dad have other ideas. Arthur has a long list of chores to do, and the sooner he finishes, the sooner he can play. When Arthur's room is clean, the trash is taken out, dishes are unloaded, the dog is washed and the boxes stored away, Mom and Dad announce that the chores are done, but Arthur is so worn out they find him asleep on the couch.

Arthur's Valentine

By Marc Brown
Authors:
Marc Brown
Arthur's wrong guess about the identity of the secret admirer sending him valentine messages leads to teasing by the other children. However, clues in additional messages allow him to get his due.