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Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection

2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners

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The Adventures of Beekle - Dan Santat
Call Number: E SAN
ISBN: 9780316199988
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER 2015 - An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC DIC
ISBN: 076366040X
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

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Locomotive - Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 385.0973 FLO
ISBN: 9781416994152
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. With encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the train's equipment as well as such must-know details as toilet and sleeping conditions. Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book's unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself. The nameless girl and boy provide touchstones for readers throughout, dubiously eyeing an unidentifiable dinner, juddering across a trestle, staring out with wide-eyed wonder. Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey. Frequent variations in font and type ("HUFF HUFF HUFF!" is spelled out in ornate, antique letters) further boost the excitement. Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad; back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go. Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes.


Additions to the Brimmer Collection

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Draw What You See - Kathleen Benson; Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
Call Number: B AND
ISBN: 9780544104877
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Introduces readers to Benny Andrews, one of the most important African-American painters of the 20th century.

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The Everything Seed - Carole Martignacco; Joy Troyer (Illustrator)
Call Number: 231.765 MAR
ISBN: 9781592980086
The story of the very first seed, the one that unfolds to become everything in the Universe.

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas - Lynne Cox; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 599.79 COX
ISBN: 9780375858888
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms - Susan Lendroth; Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Call Number: 635 LEN
ISBN: 9781580895729
Subject: Urban gardening.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis; Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
Call Number: 791.06 DAV
ISBN: 9780547959221
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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Follow follow : a book of reverso poems - Marilyn Singer; Josée Masse
Call Number: 811.54 SIN
A collection of short poems called reversos which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. From top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.



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Tittles Acquired in March

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Zealot : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan
Call Number: BT301.3 .A85 2013
ISBN: 9781400069224
This work presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, the author sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus Christ through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry, a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.

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The Methods and Skills of History : a practical guide - Michael J. Salevouris; Conal Furay
Call Number: D21 .F947 2015
ISBN: 9781118745441
"Widely acclaimed for its accessibility and engaging approach to the subject, the fourth edition of The Methods and Skills of History combines theory and instruction with hands-on practice, making it a comprehensive guide to historical research and writing. Combines theory with hands-on practice in its introduction to historical methods. Includes a series of field-tested exercises designed to make the research and writing of history more meaningful and accessible to readers. Features expanded coverage of writing history and up-to-date coverage of online research. Designed to strengthen students' critical thinking and communication skills"

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Middle East Patterns : places, people, and politics - Colbert C. Held; John Thomas Cummings
Call Number: DS44 .H418 2011
ISBN: 9780813344010
Thoroughly revised and updated, this comprehensive general geography of the Middle East is critical reading for all students of the region's geography, regional history, politics, comparative governments, and development economics.

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An Introduction to the Modern Middle East : history, religion, political economy, politics - David S. Sorenson
Call Number: DS44 .S67 2014
ISBN: 9780813349220
"Combining elements of comparative politics with a country-by-country analysis, author David S. Sorenson provides a complete and accessible introduction to the modern Middle East. With an emphasis on the politics of the region, the text also dedicates chapters specifically to the history, religions, and economies of countries in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa. In each country chapter, a brief political history is followed by discussions of democratization, religious politics, women's issues, civil society, economic development, privatization, and foreign relations. In this updated and revised second edition, An Introduction to the Modern Middle East includes new material on the Arab Spring, the changes in Turkish politics, the Iranian nuclear issues, and the latest efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma. Introductory chapters provide an important thematic overview for each of the book's individual country chapters and short vignettes throughout the book offer readers a chance for personal reflection. "

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Politics and Change in the Middle East : sources of conflict and accomodation - Roy R. Andersen; Jon Wagner; Robert F. Siebert
Call Number: DS62.8 .A5 2007
ISBN: 9780131753778
Intended for courses on the Politics of the Middle East, four year college and university, this book employs a multidisciplinary approach (political science, economics, history, anthropology) to explain the political dynamics of the region. It includes major themes such as political development, economic development and international relations.

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Introducing Research Methodology : a beginner's guide to doing a research project - Uwe Flick
Call Number: H62 .F45713 2011
ISBN: 9781849207812
'Introducing Research Methodology' gives readers the fundamental data collection and analysis skills that they need for their first project, as well as a good understanding of the research process as a whole.

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More Than Good Intentions : improving the ways the world's poor borrow, save, farm, learn, and stay healthy - Dean Karlan; Jacob Appel
Call Number: HC79 .P6 K374 2012
ISBN: 9780452297562
A revolutionary approach to poverty that takes human irrationality into account-and unlocks the mystery of making philanthropic spending really work.
American individuals and institutions spent billions of dollars to ease global poverty and accomplished almost nothing. At last we have a realistic way forward. Presenting innovative and successful development interventions around the globe, Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel show how empirical analysis coupled with the latest thinking in behavioral economics can make a profound difference. From Kenya, where teenagers reduced their risk of contracting AIDS by having more unprotected sex with partners their own age, to Mexico, where giving kids a one-dollar deworming pill boosted school attendance better than paying their families to send them, More Than Good Intentions reveals how to invest those billions far more effectively and begin transforming the well-being of the world.

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A Political Economy of the Middle East - Ishac Diwan; Melani Cammett; Alan Richards; John Waterbury
Call Number: HC415.15 .R53 2014
ISBN: 9780813349282
Presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East. This work focuses on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems and social factors, whilst also documenting the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, and water and agriculture.

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Terrorism and Homeland Security - Jonathan R. White
Call Number: HV6431 .W484 2006
ISBN: 9780534643812
Strives to discuss the most sophisticated theories by the best terrorist analysts in the world, while still focusing on the domestic and international threats of terrorism and the basic security issues that surround terrorism today.

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A High Price : the triumphs and failures of Israeli counterterrorism - Daniel Byman
Call Number: HV6433 .I75 B96 2011
ISBN: 9780195391824
Discusses the effectiveness of Israeli anti-terrorism efforts since the state's creation in 1948 and examines the damage it has inflicted upon relations between Jewish Israelis and their Arab neighbors.

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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers : a personal chronicle of vanished birds - Christopher Cokinos
Call Number: QL676.8 .C65 2000
ISBN: 9781585420063
"There was a time when massive flocks of Passenger Pigeons blotted out the sun, and bright green Carolina Parakeets were so numerous that they looked, according to an early American pioneer, "like an atmosphere of gems." But these birds - as well as the Labrador Duck, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the Heath Hen, and the Great Auk - now live only as tantalizing but hazy legends."
"Driven by a desire to understand how and why this came to be, Christopher Cokinos embarked on ten years of detective work. Traveling from Bird Rock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Louisiana's tangled bayous in search of those who stalked these birds and those who tried to save them, he discovered strange stories and glorious quests, tales of scientific heroism and political stupidity, of inconceivable apathy and equally astonishing personal devotion."
"Much more than an account of the last days of six vanished species, Hope Is the Thing with Feathers is a window into American history. Cokinos portrays a country economically reliant on unbelievable quantities of wild birds, where market stalls overflowed with Heath Hens, fashionable women adorned their hats with entire dead birds, and nearly everyone relished a hearty pie made from Passenger Pigeons. He describes a 1935 expedition to record as many bird songs as possible across much of the United States - an unprecedented 15,000-mile journey of enormous difficulty into this country's unspoiled wilderness - and investigates a mysterious April 1999 sighting of Ivory-billed Wodpeckers, long held to be extinct.
He unravels the bizarre account of the world's last wild Passenger Pigeon, and delves into an incredible plan now afoot on Martha's Vineyard to create new Heath Hens."--Jacket.


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