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Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection

2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners

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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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New Acquisitions - Featured Titles - December 2014

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The Envoy: the epic rescue of the last Jews of Eurpoe in the desperate closing months of World War II - Alex Kershaw
Call Number: D804.66 .W35 K47 2010
ISBN: 9780306815577
Publication Date: 2010-10-26
The epic and heroic story of how Raoul Wallenberg out-dueled Adolph Eichmann and saved more than 100,000 Jews in Budapest from the Nazi death camps.

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Taliban: militant Islam, oil, and fundamentalism in Central Asia - Ahmed Rashid
Call Number: DS371.2 .R367 2000
ISBN: 9780300083408
Examines the Taliban and its form of Islamic fundamentalism, explains how the organization rose to power, and discusses its impact on Afghanistan and why the country has become a center for international terrorism.

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Working with High-Conflict Families of Divorce - Mitchell A. Baris; Betsy B. Duvall; Elaine T. Johnson; Christine A. Coates; Carla Garrity
Call Number: HQ834 .W73 2001
ISBN: 9780765702920
This practical handbook defines the dynamics of high conflict, explains its impact on children, identifies the role of the professional, and offers specific techniques that have proven helpful. Distilled from their extensive experience in dealing with such families, the authors present a new dispute-resolution process that helps parents reduce conflict and protect the well-being of their children.

Count Basie - Alan Morgan
Call Number: ML422 .B25 M7 1984
ISBN: 9780870520129

Swing, Swing, Swing: the life & times of Benny Goodman - Ross Firestone
Call Number: ML422 .G65 F6 1992
ISBN: 9780393033717

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All in the Day's Work: an autobiography - Ida M. Tarbell; Robert C. Kochersberger (Introduction by)
Call Number: PN4874 .T23 A3 2003
ISBN: 9780252071362
Publication Date: 2003-06-18
"In this frank and informative autobiography, the veteran investigative journalist Ida M. Tarbell looks back on her nearly fifty-year career. At the age of eighty-two, one of the original muckrakers writes with characteristic candor and intelligence about a life spent defying categories and challenging complacency. Robert C. Kochersberger's introduction gives an overview of Tarbell's life and work, including achievements she omitted from her memoir out of modesty, and examines her enduring value to journalists of the twenty-first century."
"Tarbell was the only woman in her class of forty students at Allegheny College. Shortly after graduation she took a job at The Chautauquan, beginning a lifelong immersion in the world of journalism. But it was at McClure's magazine - where she was the only woman on staff - that Tarbell made her name as a determined journalist, one of the fearless brigade of truth seekers famously chastised by Theodore Roosevelt, who used the term "muckraker" to discredit those who attacked U.S. senators in print. Tarbell also wrote serialized biographies of Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln, as well as a landmark series of articles on Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller."
"In All in the Day's Work, Tarbell turns her keen eye on herself, recalling the events of her fascinating life with the same honesty, verve, and attention to detail she brought to her journalistic work, offering insight along the way into the people, places, and issues of her time."--BOOK JACKET.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens's A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits. - Les Standiford
Call Number: PR4572 .C69 S73 2008
ISBN: 9780307405784
Publication Date: 2008-11-04
With warmth, wit, and good cheer, Standiford shows how the unlikely success of "A Christmas Carol" revitalized Charles Dickens's languishing career and revived the celebration of the near-forgotten Christmas holiday.

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Last Stand : America's virgin lands - Barbara Kingsolver; Annie Griffiths Belt (Photographer)
Call Number: QH104 .K55 2002
ISBN: 9780792269090
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
From the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Alaskan tundra and the desert Southwest, a dedicated novelist and conservationist teams up with an acclaimed photographer to capture America's endangered virgin lands and wilderness, examining the spirit and beauty of these diverse landscapes and offering a determined call for their preservation.

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Wonder. - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: FIC PAL
ISBN: 9780375869020
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid -- but his classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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Harm Reduction Psychotherapy : a new treatment for drug and alcohol problems. - Andrew Tatarsky (Editor)
Call Number: RC564 .H3643 2002
ISBN: 9780765703521
Publication Date: 2002-06-30
Harm reduction is a framework for helping drug and alcohol users who cannot or will not stop completely. Harm reduction accepts that abstinence may be the best outcome for many but relaxes the emphasis on abstinence as the only acceptable goal. This book shows how these changes have implications for improving the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

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Behavioral Management Guide : essential treatment strategies for the psychotherapy of children, their parents, and families : a special treatment plan for critical incidents stress management. - Muriel Prince Warren
Call Number: RJ505 .B4 W36 2002
ISBN: 9780765703545
Publication Date: 2002-07-31
In a world of increasing managed care and insurance providers' rejection of psychotherapy, the clinician can use help in formalizing a child's treatment plans and interventions with parents and families. This book describes the treatment process in behaviour-focused language.


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