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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 - January 2015

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The Power of Positive Confrontation : the skills you need to handle conflicts at work, at home, online, and in life. - Barbara Pachter
Call Number: BF637 .I48 P33 2014
ISBN: 9780738217598
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Completely revised step-by-step guide to tackling conflict--personal or professional--now includes an updated section on navigating sticky situations online.

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The Gypsy Saw Two Lives - Rodica Mihalis
Call Number: DR280 .M53 2012
ISBN: 9781612047362
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Chronicles the defection & acculturation of a Romanian woman. She describes life under a totalitarian regime & adapting to freedom.

Essentials of criminal justice - Siegel, Larry J.
Call Number: HV9950 .S59 2013
ISBN: 1111841829
Publication Date: 2013
Part 1. The nature of crime, law, and criminal justice --
Crime and criminal justice --
The nature of crime and victimization --
Criminal law: substance and procedure --
Part 2. The police and law enforcement --
Police in society: history and organization --
The police: role and function --
Issues in policing: professional, social, and legal --
Part 3. Courts and adjudication. Courts, prosecution, and the defense --
Pretrial and trial procedures --
Punishment and sentencing --
Part 4. Corrections and alternative sanctions. Community sentences: probation, intermediate sanctions, and restorative justice --
Corrections: history, institutions, and populations --
Prison life: living in and leaving prison --
Part 5. Contemporary issues in American criminal justice --
Juvenile justice in the twenty-first century --
Crime and justice in the new millennium.

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Runaway Dream : Born to run and Bruce Sprinsteen's American Vision. - Louis P. Masur
Call Number: ML420 .S77 M37 2009
ISBN: 9781596916920
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
A history of the acclaimed album which explores its themes of youth, escape, and potential, considers how it cemented Springsteen and the E Street Band's place in American art, and describes the obstacles that challenged its creation.

Virginia Woolf and 20th century women writers - Kathryn Stelmach Artuso
Call Number: PR6045 .O72 Z89231 2014
ISBN: 9781619254190
Publication Date: 2014
This volume examines a diverse set of texts published by notable women in the mid-20th century. From Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to Willa Cather and Kate Chopin, essays survey the critical conversation regarding these works, explore their historical.

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Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Call Number: PS3561 .L478 O77 2013
ISBN: 9780061950728
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life -- answers that will ultimately free them both.

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Seabiscuit : an American legend - Laura Hillenbrand
Call Number: SF355 .S4 H55 2001
ISBN: 9780375502910
Publication Date: 2001-03-06
The author retraces the journey of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.


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