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Have double the fun with 12 double-pointed Confetti Crayons.

Colors blend and mingle with six tonal color palettes in each Confetti Crayon, and each crayon is sharpened on both ends.

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"Rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” 

         ― Leo Tolstoy




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Upcoming Events

WA & Women's History: Peace Weavers

Fri Aug 4   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


Candace Wellman brings to light coastal Washington’s often unacknowledged founding mothers: the wives in cross-cultural marriages, the Peace Weavers

Nearly 90% of mid-1800 coastal Washington marriages were cross-cultural; yet when the deeds of our founding mothers are recorded and celebrated, our indigenous founding mothers have been largely ignored. Wellman’s account focuses on four women of Samish, S’Klallam, Lummi and Sto:lo heritage. 

Wellman’s history is the culmination of 18 years of research, and interviews with over two hundred collaborators.


Perri the Poetry Fairy

Thurs Aug 10   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Kid-Play-Poetry-Fun   FREE!


A wonderful event for children of all ages: lift off into the magic of poetry with Perri the Poetry Fairy. 

Susan Blair of Wenatchee believes in fairies. As a matter of fact, she is one. Wearing a glittery dress, with her dainty wings fluttering and her shiny wand, Susan and friends read poetry aloud, then create more poetry together. Feel poetry's music!

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Smart, Twisty Murder Mystery

Thurs Aug 17   Wenatchee Library   6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Fri Aug 18   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


“A smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore."—Jess Walter, # 1 NYT bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins 

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by award-winning Moses Lake author Matthew Sullivan is a bookish mystery with whip-smart writing. 

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite bookseller must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever: a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​


Gender Identity.  Best-selling Thrillers.

Fri Sep 8   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Sep 9   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


Two bestselling and award-winning authors!

Laurie Frankel’s This is the Way It Always Is “is a novel everyone should read. It’s brilliant. It’s bold. And it’s time,” says #1 NYT bestselling Elizabeth George. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about gender, revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. It reminds us that families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever. 
"Brave, complicated... very funny…Frankel is a first-rate storyteller." ―The Seattle Times

In Kevin O’Brien’s latest thriller, Hide Your Fear, 'The Watcher' knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end… 
“If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” -- Press & Guide

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Mountain Rescue

Wed Sep 13   Wenatchee River Institute    7:00 PM
Presentation      By Donation


Bree Loewen, author of Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue, presents an inspiring exploration of the drama and camaraderie of search and rescue, the vivid beauty of wilderness, and the challenges of balancing a vocation with the demands of raising a family.

A former climbing ranger on Mount Rainier and now a board member for Seattle Mountain Rescue and a wife, mother and nursing student, Loewen has participated in hundreds of rescue missions.


Writer's Workshop

Fri Sep 15   Leavenworth Library    6:00 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Sep 16   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


All your deepest dreams are alive right now in your heart, says award-winning Jane Kirkpatrick, noted international speaker and teacher, and New York Times bestselling author of 29 books. She offers “Staying in the Room,” a workshop for writers and others pursuing a goal. 

Jane's latest release, All She Left Behind, is based on a true story about "the things we have to leave behind in order to pursue our dreams."

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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

July 2017 Indie Next Pick!

David Williams' debut novel is also a Library Reads Selection.

When the English Fall will have you holding your breath...The story unfolds through the diary of an Amish farmer, whose young daughter has visions of the future - but what she sees does not bode well. She talks of the English falling from the sky...” — Lake Forest Book Store

A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and nonviolent community can survive when civilization falls apart. 

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms and families. 

When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don't, can they survive? David Williams's debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of civilization.

July 2017 Indie Next Pick!

Bianca Marias' debut novel has also been selected as a top summer read by Bookish and Good Housekeeping, and a selected read by the New York Post.

Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a marvel. Set in South Africa in 1978, this is the story of Robin, a white child, and Beauty, a black mother, both of whom experience immense loss after the Soweto student uprising. Bianca Marais has written a book about apartheid - a book about tragedy, injustice, grief, and survival - that manages to sparkle with wit, warmth, and charming secondary characters. Readers will love this rare and rewarding gem.” — East City Bookshop

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death.

Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Originally from South Africa, Bianca Marais has worked with HIV orphans in Soweto, and now resides in Toronto.

By award-winning, NYT bestselling Don Winslow,  whose The Cartel was voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times.

The Force, an instant New York Times bestseller, is recommended for summer reading by the New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, and many more. 

The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It's that good." 
-- Stephen King  

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. A highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the leader of  an elite special unit  for eighteen years Malone has served on the front lines.

He didn't start out as a dirty cop. Over the years, however, the odd payoff and favor became routine, and a talented and effective cop slid past the point of no return.

Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all. 

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption. 

A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor. A morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By New York Times bestselling Ann Leary, author of The Good House and other novels.

The captivating story of a wealthy but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet. 

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother's home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at Lakeside, their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate.

When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiance home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. She breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, flaws surface in the family's polite veneer, and  simmering resentments and unfortunate truths are exposed. 

With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on a blended family as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities, material and psychological, left behind by their flawed patriarch.

By NHS psychologist Joanna Cannon, who just secured a television dramatisation for this bestselling novel, and a six figure contract for her next.

If you loved A Man Called Ove, you will love The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. Funny, quirky and profound!” -- Tattered Cover Book Store

"An astute, engaging debut" (Publishers Weekly), The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming tale of a community in need of reconciliation and two girls learning what it means to belong. 

Best friends Grace and Tilly spend England's sweltering summer of 1976 sleuthing for clues to uncover the reason for their neighbor's disappearance. They go from house to house, neighbor to neighbor, investigating as only guileless little girls can do. While they're at it, they also look for God in the most unusual places. As the mystery of the neighborhood is slowly revealed, so are the many secrets behind every door on the avenue.

"A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature" (Kirkus Reviews), this glorious debut is part coming-of-age story, part mystery. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep radiates an unmistakable warmth and intelligence and is "rife with tiny extraordinaries" (The New York Times Book Review). 

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By Roxane Gay, the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, and other works.

A searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. 

"When you decide that this is the day you're going to change and you get out of bed and fail, that's pretty normal. You'll have another chance tomorrow -- just remember to like yourself enough to overcome the fear of healing and try again. Highly recommend.” — Arcadia Books

Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. 

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. 

By Neil DeGrasse Tyson, celebrated astrophysicist and author of 14 acclaimed books. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal for his "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science." Tyson has won dozens of awards and honors, from NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal... to a Hubbard Medal and Science Writing Award... to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World... to "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive" (People Magazine). The first author we've recommended this year who has an asteroid named for him. 

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? 

There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. 

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

By Cardiff University neuroscientist Dean Burnett, author of Guardian Newspaper's science blog "Brain Flapping."

"People often think of the brain as being like a computer. But according to my guest, neuroscientist Dean Burnett, that's only true if you imagine a computer that decided some information in its memory was more important than other information for reasons that were never made clear, or a computer that filed information in a manner that didn't make any logical sense, or a computer that kept opening your more personal and embarrassing files without being asked." -- Terry Gross, Fresh Air

"[The brain is] undeniably impressive, but it’s far from perfect, and these imperfections influence everything humans say, do and experience,” writes Burnett.

From a Kirkus Starred Review: "In vivid, highly accessible language, [Burnett] explains how the brain controls appetite, sleep, memory, hearing, touch, attention, it works when we fall in love, become delusional, or convince ourselves that we’re brilliant when we are not. 

"Why do we remember faces before names? ... Why do emotional memories of negative events fade faster than positive ones? How is it that you can enter a room and have no idea why you decided to go there? Did you know that the thrill of fear and the gratification gained from sweets emanate from the same region of the brain?... [Or] why less intelligent people are often more confident?

"[Burnett] piques readers’ interest with some whacky or puzzling behavior and thoughtfully explains the underlying neuroscience... will appeal immensely to general readers and deserves a place on college reading lists." -- Kirkus Starred Review

By Shaye Elliott, founder of The Elliott Homestead blog, reaching over 100,000 visitors (300,000 views)  each month.

Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, Welcome to the Farm is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. 

Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and raise chickens and bees. Also included: 
- The basics of seed starting 
-Building your own greenhouse 
-The winter garden
 -Canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques and recipes
-Raising animals for milk or meat 
-Making your own cider and wine 
-And so much more 

Aimed to serve homesteaders and urban farmers alike, Welcome to the Farm guides readers through the beginning stages of small-area farming, optimizing whatever amount of space is available for delicious food production.

ABFAS Recommends: Award-Winning Graphic Novel

By award-winning Svetlana Chmakova, author of  Dramacon, Nightschool, and Chasing Rainbows.  Awkward, called a runaway critical success, was named a YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids. 
Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. 

On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away. 

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club.

 When the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By Jack Cheng, author of adult novel These Days. See You in the Cosmos is his highly acclaimed first work for young adults.

Recommended for ages 10 to 15

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel.

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan. He has a dream: to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the famed astronomer, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. 

From Colorado to New Mexico to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover--from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. 

Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

"Life-embracing." --The Wall Street Journal 
"Irresistible." --The Chicago Tribune 
"The best I've read in a long, long time." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s 
"Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious." --Kirkus starred Review 
"Full of innocence and unwavering optimism." --SLC

By NYT Bestselling Emily Barr, author of a dozen adult novels including bestselling Backpack. This is her debut YA novel.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. 

That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. 

When an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world--in Svalbard, Norway--Flora believes  this will be the first step toward reclaiming her life. Will following Drake unlock Flora's memory? Or reveal that nothing is quite as it seems? 

Already a bestseller in the UK, this unforgettable novel will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth. 

" [A] remarkable enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery." --Booklist starred review

"Barr's tale mingles Oliver Sacks-like scientific curiosity with Arctic adventure and YA novel in a way that's equally unsettling, winsome, and terrifying." --Horn Book starred review 

"Perfect for fans of both young adult romance and psychological thrillers, The One Memory of Flora Banks is destined to become one of your favorite beach reads of 2017. Promise." --Bustle 

"will leave readers with a sense of hope and faith in the human spirit....A strong choice for YA shelves." --School Library Journal

"Flora's situation may be singular, but her desire for autonomy should speak loudly to teens in the midst of their own journeys into adulthood." --Publishers Weekly

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By Patricia Forde, author of Witches Do Not Like Bicycles, Frogs Do Not Like Dragons, and  many other books, plays and television dramas for young adults.

Recommended for ages 8 to 14.

"The fantasy book of the year."--Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl 

The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. 

As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known. 

One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. 

Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom . . . or banishment.

By MacArthur Genius, Guggenheim and Fulbright recipient Ruth Behar, author of several adult works including Travelling Heavy and The Portable Island. Lucky Broken Girl is her first work for young adults.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

"A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street 

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative--based on the author's childhood in the 1960s--a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. 

Ruthie's plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time. Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English--and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen--a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. 

As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written and illustrated by Madalena Moniz

Gently expressive compositions represent an alphabet of 26 emotions.

Beautifully illustrated by subtle watercolors, Today I Feel . . . follows a child through a whole range of emotions, from adored to curious to strong. Not all of the emotions are positive and not all of them are simple, but they are all honest and worthy of discussion with a young child.

The creative treatment adds layers and subtlety. In "jealous," a boy with a swoop of brownish-blond hair stares out a window at a flying kite; the corresponding J is a tangle of ribbons that both echoes the kite’s tail and suggests the knotty twists of the emotion itself. 

"Moniz’s imaginative... scenes reward careful attention." -- Publisher's Weekly

By a Parent's Choice Gold Award duo. Written by award-winning Michelle Markel, author of Tyrannosaurus Math and Brave Girl. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, illustrator of over 30 books, including Golden Kite winner Lucky Ducklings and ALSC Notable Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine.

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books--John Newbery himself. 

While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. 

Newbery--for whom the prestigious Newbery Medal is named--became a celebrated author and publisher, changing the world of children's books forever. This book about his life and legacy is as full of energy and delight as any young reader could wish.


What a Wonderful World


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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 
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You do not have to walk on your knees 
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. 
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
 love what it loves.
... the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
are heading home again.
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