April 04, 2017

New Titles Tuesday, April 4

 One hundred and five titles were added to the collection in the past week. Here are some highlights.

The Art of Tinkering is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck. Each artist featured in The Art of Tinkering goes through this process, and lovingly shares the backstory behind their own work so that readers can feel invited to join in on the whimsy.

 In Better Than Carrots or Sticks longtime educators and best-selling authors Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together. 

Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted. Ron Ritchhart explains how creating a culture of thinking is more important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveraging 8 cultural forces: expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environment. With the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking

This book shows how to design an effective assessment system that accurately reflects student learning and motivates students to meet learning objectives.

The book recognizes that, regardless of the context or type of educational experience, education is a caring activity in which the development of the whole person - body, mind and spirit - is a central aim for teachers and educators in both formal and informal learning.

"Why do I lead?" With this deceptively simple question, best-selling author Baruti K. Kafele begins a powerful examination of what it takes to make a school community achieve the greatest success in the classroom and beyond.

 In these pages, you'll find tools specifically made to enhance self-reflection on professional practice, including the Continuum of Self-Reflection and the Reflective Cycle. You'll be able to assess your current self-reflective tendencies, identify opportunities to reflect on your instruction, and begin to forge a path toward continuous growth and educational excellence.

The author presents her stories with wit, passion, empathy, and deeply honest emotion. Men as well as women, teachers as well as students---all will gain insight into the value of pursuing autobiographical writing as a tool for understanding self, schools, and society.


Ada's violin: the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay /Susan Hood ; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport.
A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

Between shades of gray / Sepetys, Ruth
Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut first novel tells the story of Lithuanians deported and sent to Siberian work camps by Stalin during WWII. 

Boxers /Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
Saints /Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes - the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.  Read separately, the books are honest and revealing character studies of two differing Chinese perspectives during the Boxer Rebellion. Together, they resonate electrically, partly due to their mirrored plots, but more so for capturing the historical context and dueling psychologies (the group vs. the self, national pride vs. spiritual pride) that underlie this political and cultural conflict

This important book shows how the use of fossil fuels is changing Earth's climate and what scientists are doing to find sustainable forms of energy that will secure our planet's future.

Describes the fight for survival during a major earthquake

Counting by 7s / Sloan, Holly Goldberg
this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

The darkest dark /written by Commander Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion ; illustrated by The Fan Brothers.
Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield

 Author David J. Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.

Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories o
 three generations and the terrifying crises that define them. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, it is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.

Motorcycles and sweetgrass / Taylor, Drew Hayden
A story of magic, family, a mysterious stranger . . . and a band of marauding raccoons.

Mockingbird / Erskine, Kathryn
Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers.

This deceptively simple and original picture book recounts an event that happened to the author's grandfather when he was four years old. Distinguished pen-and-ink illustrations with sepia-toned watercolor washes depict the events and characters realistically, dynamically conveying the movement and flow of the story.

Red: a Haida manga / Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll
Referencing a classic Haida oral narrative, this stunning full-color graphic novel documents the tragic story of a leader so blinded by revenge that he takes his community to the brink of war and destruction. Consisting of 108 pages of hand-painted illustrations, Red is a groundbreaking mix of imagery from the indigenous Haida culture and Japanese manga. Tragic and timeless, it is reminiscent of such classic stories as Oedipus Rex and Macbeth. An action-packed and dazzling graphic novel.

Saving Zasha / Barrow, Randi.
 Barrow brings readers a gentle and suspenseful story straight from the heart of a dog-lover. Just after WWII ends, 13-year-old Mikhail finds a beautiful German shepherd named Zasha and her owner, Petr, in the woods near his small Russian town. Mikhail's sense of humor, concern for his family, and love of Zasha are all readily apparent in his narration, which smoothly incorporates background information for readers unfamiliar with 20th-century Russian life and history.

Shooting Kabul /N.H. Senzai.
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

The story of Queen Esther /written by Jenny Koralek ; illustrated by Grizelda Holderness.

This Child, Every Child uses statistics and stories to draw kids into the world beyond their own borders and provide a window into the lives of their fellow children.

This dark endeavor / Oppel, Kenneth
In this stylish gothic tale, first in a planned series, teenage Victor Frankenstein makes a desperate attempt to create the forbidden alchemical Elixir of Life, in order to save his beloved twin brother, Konrad, from an untimely death. 

A collection of profiles of some of history's most fascinating female scientists.

Examines the nineteenth-century royal tour from the perspectives of various historical actors – including royals, politicians and indigenous people – in order to demonstrate how a multi-valent British culture was created throughout the empire.

The Cambridge companion to Jane Austen /edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster.
This fully updated edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Companion offers clear, accessible coverage of the intricacies of Austen's works in their historical context, with biographical information and suggestions for further reading. Major scholars address Austen's six novels, the letters and other works, in terms accessible to students and the many general readers, as well as to academics.

The orenda /Joseph Boyden.
History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

Gürbüz examines the radical transformations over the past decade in the politics of Turkey's Kurdish minority. Gürbüz proposes that contending social movements has transformed the politics of the region, ushering in an era of post-conflict political and cultural competition."

Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: future imperfect? /edited by Andrew W.M. Smith & Chris Jeppesen.
Looking at decolonization in the conditional tense, this volume teases out the complex and uncertain ends of British and French empire in Africa during the period of ‘late colonial shift’ after 1945. Three core themes guide the analysis: development, contingency and entanglement. The chapters consider the ways in which decolonization was governed and moderated by concerns about development and profit.

Indigenous sovereignty: toward an agenda /edited by Tahu Kukutai & John Taylor.
Premised on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this book argues that indigenous peoples have inherent and inalienable rights relating to the collection, ownership and application of data about them, and about their lifeways and territories. While the book is focused on the CANZUS states of Canada, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States, much of the content and discussion will be of interest and practical value to a broader global audience.

Bringing together programmatic contributions and exemplary case studies, it focuses on the different fields of change, namely that of the individual as subject and object of religion, of community and society, of practices and discourses, and of the narratives of such developments.

Sketches from the Karen hills [electronic resource] /Alonzo Bunker ; with an introduction by Henry M. King.
Alonzo Bunker served for forty years among the Karen people of Burma (modern Myanmar) for the American Baptist Missionary Union. In this book he shares from his wealth of experience.

Keys to Lichens of North America: revised and expanded /Irwin M. Brodo ; photographs by Sylvia Duran Sharnoff and Stephen Sharnoff ; drawings by Susan Laurie-Bourque.
Based on the acclaimed reference Lichens of North America, this resource for the classroom, field, and laboratory presents updated and expanded keys for the identification of over 2,000 species of lichens indigenous to the continent, twice the number covered by previous keys. 

Columbine / Cullen, Dave
What really happened April 20, 1999? It wasn't about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists, and the killers' own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.

A fresh and interdisciplinary perspective on the intractable problem of shrinking populations and resources in remote/rural communities. It challenges the conventional wisdom of community development theories and practices and envisages more central roles for the creative disciplines in revitalising futures planning. It argues that the evolution of technologies, the emergence of creative economies, the increasing demand for creative products, and the emergence of new creative talent are continually changing community expectations and opportunities.

Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method /Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, Leah Melani Christian.
For over two decades, Dillman's classic text on survey design has aided both students and professionals in effectively planning and conducting mail, telephone, and, more recently, Internet surveys. The new edition is thoroughly updated and revised, and covers all aspects of survey research. This invaluable resource is crucial for any researcher seeking to increase response rates and obtain high-quality feedback from survey questions. Grounded in the best research, the book offers practical how-to guidelines and detailed examples for practitioners and students alike.


A shocking expose of the corruption and self-interest behind the Olympic Games.Published to coincide with the 2000 Sydney Olympics, award-winning investigative reporter Andrew Jennings tells the astonishing story of the crooked sports leaders, gangsters, and drug kingpins who, in recent years, have hijacked the Olympic organization for personal gain. A fascinating and eye-opening story of the truth behind the Olympic ideal.

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