March 28, 2017

New Titles Tuesday, March 28

Included in this week’s sample of the 128 new titles are some of the award-winning children’s literature that Alloway Library has recently acquired in the past week.
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AWARD-WINNING (Children’s) Literature
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.

Airborn /Kenneth Oppel.
In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Marie-Louise Gay has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged, and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere, asking to be written. 

Written in an accessible, conversational voice and packed with anecdotes and case studies from across history and around the world, this book helps foster independent thought and curiosity about how a government works — or doesn’t work.


Skrypuch returns to the subject of Canada’s internment camps with Dance of the Banished, a young adult novel that also deals with the Armenian Genocide. Based on true events, this compelling story of love and hope, which will be published on the 100th anniversary of Canada’s World War I War Measures Act, will help commemorate humanity’s courage and resilience to survive against terrible odds.

A highly-acclaimed anthology about growing up Native. A collection truly universal in its themes, Dreaming in Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes about Native peoples and offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media. 

Elijah of Buxton /Christopher Paul Curtis.
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Finding Winnie: the true story of the world's most famous bear /by Lindsay Mattick ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

Flotsam /David Wiesner.
 In this Caldecott Medal winner, a day at the beach is the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep, and of the qualities that enable us to witness these wonders and delight in them.

Part of a series of hilarious non-fiction books about disgusting creatures, this book examines head lice. It covers such topics as head lice habitats (human heads only, dogs are gross), anatomy (his body is slightly see through, so he can always see what he ate for lunch), and parenting practice (the female louse sticks eggs to human hair and uses the leftover glue for her model airplanes). Although silly and off-the-wall, Head Lice contains factual information that will both amuse and teach.

With more than three hundred pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.

In a story based on the life of the author's husband, little Paul and his family, Hungarian Jews, are sent to Bergen-Belsen, survive many hardships, are put on a train to nowhere, and rescued by American soldiers.
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

Primrose Squab, the star of Horvath's Newbery Honor title Everything on a Waffle (2001), returns in this delightful sequel, chronicling the latest goings-on in her British Columbian fishing village

Tastes like music: 17 quirks of the brain and body /by Maria Birmingham ; illustrated by Monika Melnychuk.


Galinsky urges parents to instill in their children a grasp of different kinds of knowledge to best tap inborn "sense" and foster self-motivation. The big message is simple: teaching children to think may be the most important thing a parent can do. It doesn't take a village and it doesn't require fancy courses or equipment-Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start. 

Statistics for the terrified /John H. Kranzler.

Low back disorders: evidence-based prevention and rehabilitation /Stuart McGill., Phd, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger brings to life a bloody clash between Native Americans and white settlers in the 1850s Pacific Northwest. The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek is a riveting chronicle of how violence and rebellion grew out of frontier oppression and injustice.

On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years.

Rethinking the Fur Trade exposes what has been called the “invisible hand of indigenous commerce,” revealing how it changed European interaction with Indians, influenced what was produced to serve the interests of Indian customers, and led to important cultural innovations. 

Rome, the Greek world, and the East /Fergus Millar ; edited by Hannah M. Cotton and Guy M. Rogers.
v. 1. The Roman Republic and the Augustan revolution -- v. 2. Government, society, and culture in the Roman Empire -- v. 3. The Greek world, the Jews, and the East.
Unsettling Canada: a national wake-up call /by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson ; with a foreword by Naomi Klein.
From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.


The Boxer Uprising (a.k.a. the Yihequan Movement) of 1899-1901 was  one to the darkest  hours for missionaries in China. This little book recounts how some of the China Inland Mission workers were able to escape the hands of the Boxers.

This thoroughly revised edition of Sider's bestselling book outlines the progress that has been made in the last four decades--and the work that is still left to do. Sider explains poverty's complex causes in this new edition and offers concrete, practical proposals for change.

A sociology of religious emotion /Ole Riis and Linda Woodhead.

The vertical self /Mark Sayers.
Sayers reveals how our primary way of knowing ourselves is shallow and based horizontally - on our social relationships, possessions, and desires to be cool, sexy and glamorous. Using countless examples from the hip-streets of Tokyo to the rooms of a Catholic monastery, this book calls for a return to a vertical self, which identity is based on our understanding of being made in the image of God. Caught in the tension between the horizontal and vertical callings, the difficult solution is to live a life of radical holiness, and discover our true selves. (source)
Equal parts cultural analysis, political manifesto, mall-rat memoir, and journalistic expose;, No Logo is the first book to put the new resistance into pop-historical and clear economic perspective. Naomi Klein tells a story of rebellion and self-determination in the face of our new branded world.

Taste  power  tradition: geographical indications as cultural property /edited by Sarah May, Katia Laura Sidali, Achim Spiller & Bernhard Tschofen.


24 by 24: the 24 Hour plays anthology /edited by Mark Armstrong and Sarah Bisman.

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