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“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” 

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“It's safe to assume that by 2085 guns will be sold in vending machines but you won't be able to smoke anywhere in America.” 

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“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” 

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 

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Upcoming Events




Every day throughout July
In 25 unique shop-local businesses

Fun for kids of all ages!
Fabulous prizes!


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Have you seen Waldo? The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses this July. Kids of all ages and anyone with a youthful heart can join the quest.

Pick up your passport at A Book For All Seasons, and get it stamped at the many participating businesses for a chance to win prizes--like a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books! 

On July 31, join us for a 30 Years of Waldo Party: prizes, games, refreshments, and...hang on--is that Waldo I see?

Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support the Shop Local movement and local businesses including: A Paw Above, Almond Blosom, Bubblery, Cheesemonger, Cup and Kettle, Der Sportsmann, D'Vinery, Gingerbread Factory, Hat Shop/Wood Shop, Inside Out, J5 Coffee, Jubilee, Mainz House of Rocks, Metal Waterfall, Oil and Vinegar, Parsley's Pantry, Posy, Rock Mountain Chocolates, Taffy Shop, The Flavor Express, The Little Kitchen Shop, The Hunter's Wife, Village Alps, and Wurlygigz.




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Sat July 1  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


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25 For 25! Gratitude, endurance, compassion and grace are celebrated by three disparate authors.

E.C. Murray shares A Long Way From Paris, a story of personal transformation in the snowy mountains of the South of France. This Kirkus Best Book is a searing, authentic memoir. Elizabeth is hired to herd goats on a remote mountain farm in the South of France. Without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French, she jumps into farm life cheerfully, learning to make cheese, birth calves and survive on one bath a week. “Riveting,” say reviewers. 

Major Lance Brender shares accessible poetry of service and gratitude published in the dual-author, annotated collection In Cadence. By turns surprising, inspiring, and haunting, this collection is a dear reminder of the costs and of the pride of serving your country.

Candace Wellman brings to light coastal Washington’s unacknowledged founding mothers: the wives in cross-cultural marriages, The Peace Weavers. Up to 90% of mid-1800 coastal Washington marriages were cross-cultural; yet our indigenous founding mothers have been largely ignored by mainstream histories. Wellman’s book is the culmination of 18 years of research, and interviews with over two hundred collaborators. While each woman's story is uniquely her own, together they built a lasting legacy as peace weavers.




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Fri July 7  Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat July 8   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!

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25 For 25!  Wendy Hinman has been sailing since age six, so when she met a man who had been shipwrecked in the South Pacific in his youth, it may have been destiny… 

“[Sea Trials is] a modern, swashbuckling adventure” — Seattle Book Review 

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, the gripping story of Garth’s voyage around the globe with his family when he was a teenager--facing storms, pirates, and more--was selected as a Kirkus Book of the month. 

Wendy Hinman also sharesTightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey, the story of her seven year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth--winner of the Journey Award for Best True Life Adventure Story, and a top 125 best travel books for women. 

“Wendy Hinman offered genuine enthusiams, practical, noteworthy advice and some hilarious tales… her memoir will captivate you.” – Cruising World




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Sat July 15   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!
Thurs July 20  Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


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25 For 25! At the Table of Wolves, a high-tension espionage story interweaving paranormal powers, probes the pre-WWII politics and prejudices that helped enable fascism to take root.

1936 England. Kim Tavistock is a woman with a psi-gift of drawing out truths that people most wish to hide. Because of this Talent, she stumbles upon a German plot to weaponize a new and unguessed-at power that may lead to the subjugation of England. The scheme is aided by a charming and ruthless Nazi intelligence officer and traitorous British aristocrats, one of whom may be Kim’s father. 

“A fabulous read. It’s got the feel of Foyle’s War and the tense mystery plot of a spy thriller. . . I enjoyed every bit of it.” –Martha Wells

Kay Kenyon is the author of over a dozen novels, including The Entire and The Rose quartet, and Queen of the Deep. Her work has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick, Endeavour, and John W. Campbell Awards and for the ALA Reading List Awards.



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Sat July 29   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


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25 For 25! Matthew Sullivan signs Indie Next Pick: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, this heart-pounding mystery perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​

“An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout,” -- Kirkus Review 

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




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Mon July 31   A Book For All Seasons   1 PM
Party! Prizes! Games!    FREE!



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Did you find Waldo yet? Great news--it's not too late to play!

The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs has been busy all July visiting twenty-five local businesses--look sharp, you can still find him! Then come to our treehouse and celebrate 30 years of Waldo. 

Enjoy delightful refreshments and games and try for prizes--including a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. 

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This event is made possible by the Shop Local movement and many generous local businesses, including A Paw Above, Almond Blosom, Bubblery, Cheesemonger, Cup and Kettle, Der Sportsmann, D'Vinery, Gingerbread Factory, Hat Shop/Wood Shop, Inside Out, J5 Coffee, Jubilee, Mainz House of Rocks, Metal Waterfall, Oil and Vinegar, Parsley's Pantry, Posy, Rock Mountain Chocolates, Taffy Shop, The Flavor Express, The Little Kitchen Shop, The Hunter's Wife, Village Alps, and Wurlygigz.



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


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“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.​



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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases


By internationally celebrated Arundhati Roy, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her nonfiction books  include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, and Things That Can and Cannot Be Said.


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Dazzling and richly moving, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey  across the Indian subcontinent. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered: people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love--and by hope. 

The tale begins with Anjum--who used to be Aftab--unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her--including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo's landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs' Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. 

As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.




-- Pat's Pick! --

Purchase now for a chance at a free Magpie Murders t-shirt!


By award-winning Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter, whose works include the Alex Rider series, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels and Foyle's War for television.


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"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans" --The New York Times 

This fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery. 

As editor Susan Ryeland reads the latest  formula mystery a difficult but successful author, she becomes convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. 

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.




--Stephen's Pick!--


By Haruki Murakami, winner of a long list of international prizes including the Jerusalem Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Catalunya Prize, whose acclaimed works have been translated into over 50 languages. Numerous theatrical presentations and films have been made from his works including The Windup Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood.

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A dazzling new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami .

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. 

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.



ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback


A National Book Award Finalist from best-selling Paulette Jiles, author of Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, and more.


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This short, powerful novel is historical fiction at its best. Beautifully descriptive prose renders a harsh and dangerous post-civil-war western landscape. 

Captain Kidd, a 72-year-old war veteran and professional news reader, has been tasked with returning Johanna, a 10-year-old white girl kidnapped by the Kiowa when she was six and recently ransomed, to relatives living near San Antonio. 

The Captain knows the journey will not be easy but believes it is his duty to do the right thing, despite the dangers that lie ahead. What he doesn't expect is the strength of the bond that develops between him and Johanna-- one so powerful, it defines the choice he must make at journey's end. 



ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction



By Montana State Book Award Winner Gary Ferguson, author of over twenty nonfiction books, including The Carry Home and Decade of the Wolf.


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"This comprehensive book offers a fascinating overview of how those fires are fought, and some conversation-starters for how we might reimagine our relationship with the woods." --Bill McKibben

Wildfire season is burning longer and hotter, affecting more and more people, especially in the west. Land on Fire explores the fascinating science behind this phenomenon and the ongoing research to find a solution. 

This gripping narrative details how years of fire suppression and chronic drought have combined to make the situation so dire. Award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson brings to life the extraordinary efforts of those responsible for fighting wildfires, and deftly explains how nature reacts in the aftermath of flames. Dramatic photographs reveal the terror and beauty of fire, as well as the staggering effect it has on the landscape.





A New York Times bestseller by award-winning author, actor and director Alan Alda, long-time host of Scientific American Frontiers, and founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.


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"Sit back and enjoy Alan Alda's scientific journey of communication."--Barbara Walters

Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor. 

Alda draws on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting; over a decade of interviewing thousands of scientists and  helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand; and insights from recent scientific studies. He describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. 

If I Understood You is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives--with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

"Communicating is at the heart of connectedness. Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now."--Charlie Rose 



ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 


-- Jackie's Pick! -- "My favorite book of the year. I'm gifting it left and right."


By Naomi Klein, winner of the Sydney Peace Prize and award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine. Award-winning This Changes Everything was an instant New York Times bestseller, translated into over 25 languages. 


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"Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear." -- Naomi Klein.

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and "brand bullies." From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century--the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of nationalism the world over. 

Our historical moment demands, she says, more than mere resistance; it demands a credible and inspiring "yes," a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us--one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need. 

This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.




-- Lori's Pick! --

By award-winning author, investigative reporter and former foreign correspondent  Isabel Vincent, author of four books including Gilded Lily and See No Evil. Vincent is the winner of the Journalist's Award for Excellence, National Jewish Book Award, and more.


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In this delightful memoir, when Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. 

Thinking she is merely helping Edward's daughter--who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot souffle will end up changing her life. 

As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be. 

Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, "sustain us against the hungers of the world." 

"A rare, beautifully crafted memoir that leaves you exhilarated and wanting to live this way. Edward is a marvel of resilience and dignity, and Vincent shows us that the ceremony of food is really a metaphor for love. The key is to live your life generously." --Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin's Daughter



ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction


by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.


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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. 

Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? 

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries--including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?




From New York Times bestselling Garth Nix, winner of two Aurealis Awards and author of numerous best-selling young adult series, including the Old Kingdom, Troubletwisters, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom series.


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Poor Princess Anya. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her evil stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. 

Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land -- and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low. 

With Frogkisser!, acclaimed bestselling author Garth Nix has conjured a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs. It's 50% fairy tale, 50% fantasy, and 100% pure enjoyment from start to finish.



ABFAS Recommends: Teen Fiction Now in Paperback!


From National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award and Morris Award, John Corey Whaley, author of  Where Things Come Back and Noggin.


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"Tender and funny."--People Magazine, Summer's Best Books

A quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia. 

Sixteen-year-old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in 3 years. Ambitious Lisa is desperate to get into a top-tier psychology program. And so when Lisa learns about Solomon, she decides to befriend him, cure him, and then write about it for her college application. 

To earn Solomon's trust, she introduces him to her boyfriend Clark, and starts to reveal her own secrets. But what started as an experiment leads to a real friendship, with all three growing close. But when the truth comes out, what erupts could destroy them all. 

Funny and heartwarming, Highly Illogical Behavior is a fascinating exploration of what makes us tick, and how the connections between us may be the most important things of all. 

"At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor. . . . ELECTRIFYING."--The New York Times Book Review .



ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades


Co-authored by Madelyn Rosenberg, author of Dream Boy and many books for younger readers -- and by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, and author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu,  and The Way Home Looks Now.


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David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot on his plate. He would have enough to do preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah even if the planning didn't involve trying to please both his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, who argue about everything. They even have a cook-off battle of the latkes. 

But David just wants everyone to be happy. That includes his friend Scott, who is determined to win their upcoming trivia tournament but doesn't like their teammate — and David's best friend — Hector. Scott and David begin digging a fallout shelter just in case this Cold War stuff with Russia turns south, but David's not so convinced he wants to spend forever in an underground bunker with Scott anymore. Maybe it would be better if Hector and Kelli Ann came with them. 

But that would mean David has to figure out how to stand up for Hector and talk to Kelli Ann. Some days, surviving nuclear war feels like the least of David's problems.

Hilariously witty and heartwarming.

"There’s a lot to enjoy, but it’s David’s relationships with his two grandmothers that steal the show, especially when the rivals eventually unite to teach him he’s not 'half of each' but 'all of both.' ”--Kirkus Review




A young readers' edition of Christina Baker Kline's #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train.


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The story of a young foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman. Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author's note and archival photos from the orphan train era. Perfect for mother/daughter reading groups. 

Molly has been in foster care since she was eight years old. She's had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly's forced to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. 

But ninety-one-year-old Vivian isn't like any of the adults Molly''s encountered before. Molly soon sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too--an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children--and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly's life so hard. 

Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian's attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings for their future.



ABFAS Recommends: Middle Grade Fiction Now in Paperback!


The instant New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist from Ali Benjamin.

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"An uncommonly fine first novel." -- Booklist, starred review 

Everyone says that it was an accident... that sometimes things "just happen." But Suzy won't believe it. Ever. 

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. 

Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door. 

"Has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

"A shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review.



ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd


--  Happy 4th of July! --


Written by Sarvinder Naberhaus, author of Boom Boom and Lines.  Illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Kadir Nelson, recipient of two Caldecott Honors, a Sibert Medal, four Coretta Scott King Awards, five Coretta Scott King Honors, and other awards.


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“Timely homage to the relationship among America’s majesty, its hopefulness and diversity, and its flag.” —School Library Journal, starred review

An inspiring and patriotic tribute. Wonderfully spare verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation.

 Each sumptuously illustrated spread depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Library at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea.

“Readers will feel that this book looks like the America they know.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

* “Though ostensibly a picture book for younger children, this has the ability to reach a much broader audience... It’s hard to imagine a book better suited to this time.” —Booklist, starred review 






-- Newly released in paperback! --

By writer and educator Maya Soetoro-Ng. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales, recipient of two Pura Belpre Awards and a Christopher Medal.

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From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met. 

Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. 

In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother's love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. 

Yuyi Morales's breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.






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