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A grumpy old man and a shy young cat form an unlikely friendship at a Minnesota inn which provides its guests with a cat for the night. An engaging offbeat story made even funnier by Schneider's cheerful, cartoon-like illustrations.

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Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat
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Many people from North America make the long journey to their children in China. But first the family has to complete all the adoption-agency paperwork, have interviews, fill out legal forms, and receive approvals. Then a tiny photograph of their child arrives. Finally, they travel to China to embrace their long-awaited child.
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The White Swan Express: A Story about Adoption
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Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capitol of the world. Every winter, tourists flock to the tiny town to watch the bears hunt and frolic on the frozen waters of the Hudson Bay. This year, though, the tourists are in for a big surprise...Winston A smart, fierce, brave bear, Winston of Churchill has noticed that their icy home is slowly melting away. He explains to the other bears why the ice is melting then, using the stirring words of his famous namesake, rallies the bears to convince humans to save their Arctic home. However, on the way to the protest march, Winston learns an unexpected lesson and realizes that he, too, must change his ways. This timely, funny story draws attention to the polar bears' plight and helps children understand that in the face of global warming, everyone must do their part, no matter how small.
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Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming
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Celebrating the diversity of baseball, "Dear Ichiro," winner of the Children's Peace Book Award, is a warm, funny story that brings a universal message of healing and hope.
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Dear Ichiro
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The mice are miffed... "All creatures are endangered Not just polar bears " Nellie, Henrietta, Irene, Louise, and Emily embark on a quest across Canada to let people know climate change affects everyone...even mice Rebuffed at Parliament, Nellie uses words of her famous namesake Nellie McClung to rally the mice. "We will pester them and pester them until they realize that we are creatures, too " But no one takes them seriously until Nellie leads the mice to Churchill, Manitoba where Winston, a famous polar bear, finds the five mice just can't be ignored.
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Five Famous Mice Meet Winston of Churchill
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Newly arrived from Kazakhstan, twelve-year-old Maya Alazova resents the way her mother babies her brother, but when she leaves her English Language Learner program for mainstream classes and has to deal with a boy, a bully, and conflict at home, she finds her brother can help with their new culture in ways their parents can't.
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Maya and the Cotton Candy Boy
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Where did she come from? Molly Jane Fletcher was adopted. She's known it for as long as she can remember. It's not something that usually bothers her, but lately, it's all she can think about. Now Molly has a chance to find her birthmother--a chance to understand where she came from, and why she was given away. But the Fletchers aren't happy about her decision to unearth the past. They're afraid that everyone involved may get hurt. That's a chance that Molly may be willing to take. "Skillfully and sensitively written can make you laugh and cry at a single sitting."-Voice of Youth Advocates "Okimoto writes about the elemental search for roots, the fear as well as the great happiness it can bring."-Booklist "A book that goes beyond the adoption topic to encompass family feelings and dynamics."-School Library Journal
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Molly by Any Other Name
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Rodney Suyama has two impossible dreams... to be a rap star and to go out with gorgeous Ivy Ramos. Set in the nineties at the dawn of rap, a witty and determined young man gets in touch with his past while taking control of his future in this romantic, poignant and hilarious novel by Jean Davies Okimoto. "A celebration of diversity."-Signal "A story of ethnic pride, first love and determination to overcome stereotypes. Okimoto's talents give this book the same wide appeal as her earlier titles Jason's Women and Molly By Any Other Name."-School Library Journal ." . . humor and empathy that will engage the reader."-The ALAN Review
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Talent Night
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In this nostalgic coming-of-age novel, 16-year-old Jason Kovak dreams of sexual encounters with older women who've placed ads in a newspaper personal column. But when he stumbles into a new after school job, he meets a beautiful refugee from Vietnam, Thao Nguyen, and her elderly sponsor, Bertha Jane Fillmore, and his life is changed forever.
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Jason's Women
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This is a beautifully written tribute to an incredibly special and generous man.
- Emma Amiad
Founding president,
Vashon Maury Island Audubon Society

Fisher Pond remains one of the most generous and precious of gifts to our community. The Vashon Land Trust is honored to steward it. Laurie Stewart's book is a wonderful reminder of Bill's philosophy--that Nature knows what she's doing.
- Tom Dean
Executive Director, Vashon-Maury Land Trust

Laurie Stewart has woven a warm, delightful, surprising portrait of Bill Fisher from shared memories of friends and neighbors, revealing a private person with a great capacity for observing, loving, and stewarding his pond and its surrounds. Bill gave the community his beautiful pond. Laurie's gentle descriptions and exquisitely remembered moments offer us a new gift: glimpses of the unusual man himself and his particular stewardship ethic.
- Rayna Holtz
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, co-curator
Vashon Island's Native People: Navigating Seas of Change
King County Library System, librarian, ret.

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On Fishers Pond: Memories of Bill Fisher and His Gift to Vashon Island
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The Reinvention of Albert Paugh is a sweet, funny love story about retirees that will delight readers (and dog lovers) of any age. Dr. Albert Paugh is flunking retirement. After selling his Vashon Island veterinary practice, he soon finds himself not only lost without his work, but suddenly single. His efforts to carve out a new life, both as a bachelor and a retiree, only leave him feeling like his "golden years" are fast becoming "years of gloom." His regrets pile up until he moves to Baker's Beach where he gets to know a very special neighbor, learns that friends are the family you choose, and finds a new sense of purpose.
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The Reinvention of Albert Paugh
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Within these pages are poems in which Lonny Kaneko expresses the reverberating trauma of his family's imprisonment in the Minidoka concentration camp during WWII. Without committing a crime or due process, the Kaneko family was among 120,000 Japanese Americans put in concentration camps in the United States. Kaneko's illuminating poetry: touching, evocative, reflecting a deep sense of sadness--also reflects in its range, the depth of resilience and the transcendence of the human spirit.
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Coming Home from Camp and Other Poems
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When Jack Palmer was offered a job as a "cat skinner," driving a tractor for a mining company in Nome, Alaska, there was no time to waste in deciding. It was the morning of June 15, 1934. He had a lovely wife, Alice, a young daughter, Artis, a lot of debt, and no job in Seattle. Jack stepped on to the gangplank of the S.S. Victoria at Pier Two that same afternoon. Alice and Artis received a telegram from Jack later that summer: YOU BE ON LAST BOAT STOP HAVE HOUSE READY STOP BRING FOOD FOR NEXT EIGHT MONTHS STOP JACK A Northwest author with the voice of a natural storyteller, Artis Palmer humorously and tenderly chronicles the challenges faced by her family during the Great Depression. Eccentric characters and unexpected adventures are entertainingly bound by the force of place and community. From bootlegging in Seattle to gold mining in Nome, Alaska, There's No Place Like Nome reveals the courage and resilience of the human spirit in tough times.
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There's No Place Like Nome
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This poetry collection reflects a range of human experience and diverse poetic responses to timeless subjects: love, death, grief, loss, aging, illness, suicide, divorce, family, racism, war and peace, nature, longing, joy, and just trying to make sense of the world. There are twenty-eight poets (the work of two of the poets is published posthumously-one haiku having been dictated on the evening of the poet's death at age 101). The twenty-six living poets range in age from six years old to ninety. Some are nationally recognized published poets and for others, the poems in this collection are their first efforts. The title, "The Weird World Rolls On" is taken from a line in a poem written in the late 1800's by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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The Weird World Rolls on: A Collection of Poems
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When Ann Combs, her husband Joe and their six children set about re-building a large dilapidated house on Bainbridge Island, their only prior experience in construction was building a toy chest from an instruction kit. In this classic chronicle of island life, you'll meet surgeons who look like longshoreman, longshoremen who play Mozart concertos, old Mr. Torgeson, who raises chickens so fat they break their legs leaping off their perches, and Grandma Harriott, who carves historical scenes on cubes of butter. Told with humor and heartwarming candor, this charming account of the pitfalls and pratfalls of do-it-yourself home remodeling makes high comedy of island idiosyncrasies and domestic travail. Readers are in for a treat
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Once Upon a Two by Four
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It's the first summer of her retirement and librarian Maggie Lewis is relishing the unfolding of sweet summer days on Vashon Island: walking on the beach, reading the classics, and kayaking. But in June when a sudden storm hits the island, Maggie's summer becomes about as peaceful as navigating white water. Not only does her wealthy sister arrive uninvited with a startling announcement; but Maggie finds herself entangled with her new Baker's Beach neighbor, Walter Hathaway. A famous children's author and recovering alcoholic, Walter has a history with Maggie they would each like to forget.
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Walter's Muse
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After the death of her Japanese American mother, sixty-four-year-old Anne Kuroda Duppstadt finds the courage to confront the toxic legacy of her father, a famous artist and cruel narcissist. When a former art professor invites her to his island art studio, she begins pursuing her lifelong dream to become an artist in her own right. But the needs of her family tug at her heart. Her thirty-two-year-old daughter's love life is falling apart, and Annie's husband, facing retirement, struggles with depression, leading her to conclude, "There is a glass ceiling for women...and it's made out of the people we love." The Love Ceiling draws readers into the soul of a universal theme for women: the pull between family and creative self-expression. It is the story of a daughter, a wife, a mother and grandmother, and a journey into creativity.
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The Love Ceiling
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