"THE TURQUOISE LEDGE: A Memoir," by Meslie Marmon Silko (nf): She combines her family history with reflections on the creatures in the world around her in the Sonoran Desert.
"TURNING THE TIDE: The Top Ten Principles of a Success Mindset," by Rebekah Harkness (nf): This University of Utah graduate outlines 10 principles, from the power of thoughts, to visualization to taking responsibility, to help with success in life in this 63-page book.
"COLORADO TREASURES: Watercolors by J.R. Hamil," (nf): This coffee table-sized book includes 97 paints of Colorado landmarks by J.R. Hamil, a former Hallmark Cards artist.
"THE WORLD ALMANAC FOR KIDS 2012," World Almanac, $13.99, 352 pages (nf) (ages 8 and up)
This full color almanac is a fun compilation of geography, puzzles, activities and games. It also has fact about people, places, animals, environment, movies and television, music, sports and technology.
More middle reader books recently released:
"DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK: An Origami Yoda Book," by Tom Angleberger (f): It's the first day back at McQuarrie Middle School when Harry brings in the origami Darth Vadar finger puppet that spews insults, clashing with Dwight and his Orgiami
"RULE THE SCHOOL," by Vordak, The Incomprehensible (f)(9-12): Vordak, a supervillian, heads to middle school and includes advice of what fellow classmates should do to for a mischievous, funny year, especially has he runs for class president and seeks to conquer his nemesis, Commander Virtue.
Yoda finger puppet and Dwight is almost expelled from school.
"MO WREN, LOST AND FOUND," by Tricia Spring Stubb (f)(ages 8-12): In this followup to "What Happened on Fox Street," Mo Wren struggles with a move after her family moves from Fox Street.
"LIESL & PO," by Lauren Oliver (f)(ages 8-12): Liesl is locked in her attic room and grieving for her late father when she meets the ghost Po and his pet Bundle, who help her escape as she embarks on an unexpected adventure.
"BREADCRUMBS," by Anne Ursu (f) (ages 8-12): Jack and Hazel are friends until they turn 11 and Jack quits talking to Hazel. She discovers his heart has been turned to ice and taken to an ice palace and heads off to rescue him.
"HEART AND SOUL: The Story of America and African Americans," by Kadir Nelson (nf)(ages 9 and up): This illustrated book expores the history of America, from slavery, to the Civil War to the Jim Crowe laws and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., from the perspective of African Americans.
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS series "Show Some Respect," "The Little Lost Club," "Reap the Harvest," "The Trouble With Secrets," "Mama's Helpers," and "Get Ready for Christmas," by Jan and Mike Berenstain (ages 4-7): Jan and her son Mike continue the series of the family of bears and their friends who sometimes have to learn lessons the hard way.
"YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND," by Peter Brown (ages 4-8): Lucy is a bear tries to make friends with those around her, from bees, to birds and monkeys.
"BIRDIES'S BIG GIRL DRESS," by SuJean Rim (ages 4-8): It's Birdie's birthday and she tries on many dresses in search of the perfect "big girl" dress.
"FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY: Best Friends Forever," by Julianne Moore, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (ages 3-8): Freckleface Strawberry's best friend is difference than her and people think that is a bad thing. Can different people be friends?
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