The Upstairs Cat by Karla Kuskin

Book review from Gracie (3 years old)

I liked the downstairs cat. He had a fight with the upstairs cat. Then someone said “CUT THAT OUT!” Fighting is bad.

And from Gracie’s aunt: Gracie liked this book so much we bought one for ourselves. We were happy to be in the Summer Reading Program. We discovered some new books.

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Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity Down UnderThe original supernatural sleuth is back in the latest cozy Aunt Dimity mystery.

With the help of a charming Kiwi and the otherworldly guidance of Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, a wicked scoundrel who was banished from his family long ago. A web of secrets unravels that has haunted the Pym family for generations.

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Foundation by Mercedes Lackey

FoundationValdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1:

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling world, a thirteenyear- old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had—and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds’ Collegium.

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Catalyst by Anne McCaffery

CatalystPilot, navigator, engineer, doctor, scientist—ship’s cat? All are essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Since the early days of interstellar travel, when Tuxedo Thomas, a Maine coon cat, showed what a cat could do for a ship and its crew, the so-called Barque Cats have become highly prized crew members.

Even among Barque Cats, Chessie is something special. Her pedigree, skills, and intelligence, as well as the close rapport she has with her human, Janina, make her the most valuable crew member aboard the Molly Daise. And the litter of kittens in her belly only adds to her value.

Then the unthinkable happens. Chessie is kidnapped.

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The Shaman Laughs by James D. Doss

The Shaman LaughsMoon is no stranger to the mysterious ways of the spirit world. But why is prize livestock being ritualistically butchered in the Canyon of the Spirit? That’s what Granite Creek’s chief of police Scott Parish wants to find out…before human blood begins to spill.

 Enter Moon’s aunt and aging Ute shaman Daisy Perika. For only she who communes with the ancient spirits can truly comprehend the events that have happened upon Native American lands—and the even greater evil that is yet to be unleashed…

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The Utne Reader

Utne Reader and Utne.com are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. Conversations are presented about everything from the environment to the economy, politics to pop culture.

For more than 20 years, Utne has functioned as a guide to the alternative and independent press. Utne takes in 1,500 magazines, newsletters, journals, weeklies, zines, and other lively dispatches from the cultural front; the sorts of cutting-edge publications you won’t find at the average bookstore or newsstand. Editors glean this material for stories, interviews, and cultural criticism, then edit and reprint the most essential. Instead of buying dozens of magazines to find a few good articles, you can read one packed with the best of the best.

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The LacunaThe story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds — Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s — and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.

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Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses by Vicki Lansky

Baking SodaJust about everything you can do with this great environmentally friendly product is listed in this fun, yet practical compendium. Learn dozens of new uses for baking soda in 15 different categories from Cooking to Hygiene to House Maintenance. Learn how baking soda works and how it became one of America’s most versatile and trusted products.

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All Other Nights by Dara Horn

All Other NightsHow is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission – this time not to murder a spy but to marry one.

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