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This dystopian debut novel imagines epic civilizational shifts. The conflict starts when the President attempts to introduce the Sustainable Future Act, designed to prohibit the use of fossil fuels anywhere in the United States in response to climate change. Biological terrorism and warfare complicate matters even more.

Amid this tumultuous backdrop is El Akkad's protagonist, young resilient nature-loving "Sarat" or Sarah, whose journey through this future world, humanizes what would be otherwise a scary and unrelenting place. Pulitzer-winning Strout explores and exposes the lives of a cast of characters living in a small Illinois town, the town where the namesake-protagonist of her previous novel My Name Is Lucy Barton grew up.

Lucy's memoir is now for sale in the local bookstore and as some of the townspeople devour it, they are confronted with the abuse they suspected went on in Lucy and her sibling's home but long ignored. This may sound gloomy, however in Strout's deft hands it's transformed into a poignant examination of the complexity of human nature—and the beauty of the writing will make you involuntarily gasp. A self-described professional explorer, Levy likens the exhilaration of orienting herself amongst new people and new surroundings to the euphoric early weeks with a new lover—think heightened senses and heady in-the-moment intensity.

She's crisscrossed the globe in search of these unique experiences as a staff writer for The New Yorker since , and now turns her interrogative eye on herself. What results is profound, and lasting. Growing out of an essay called "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," Rules Do Not Apply reveals what happens when nature decides to smash the plans you've made, and derail what you thought was your life. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day.

First the rich flee, then communication halts, and as the violence escalates they must decide how and when to escape their crumbling homeland. This timely novel brings the frightening reality of war outside your window up close and makes it deeply personal. Though born in New York City, Peter Heller has turned himself into an inveterate adventurer, eco-pirate, and surfer whose life and work has been defined by the remote parts of the globe he's explored.

In his new detective novel Celine , he returns momentarily to the place of his childhood, with a story inspired by the life of his own remarkable mother, a stylish and rule-breaking private eye. Celine wrestles with themes of family, loss and privilege—and when a photographer's mauled body shows up in Yellowstone National Park, a cold trail gets warmer and a daughter's need for the truth ratchets up the suspense.

How does a fastidious IGA check-out chick and public school kid from upstate New York, with no connections and no Ivy League education, end up a few feet from the Oval Office, working as the youngest-ever woman to be deputy chief of staff for the president of the United States? Mastromonaco shares the memories and mishaps that shaped her journey, from desperately trying and failing to get a job in politics after college to finding herself joking with Obama about his penchant for black mock turtlenecks.

This relatable memoir is packed with juicy on-the-road stories and crisis management advice, and presents a strong case for embracing a sense of humor in the face of humbling setbacks. Ever fantasize about "opening up" your relationship or marriage? If so, you can live vicariously through another couple's experiences in Dunn's comedic novel before you give it a whirl yourself. When Lucy and Owen's friends reveal that they're giving open marriage a shot at a boozy dinner party, Lucy shudders at the thought.

Still, she can see the appeal of indulging in some no questions asked rendezvous' in the city—just for six months, as an experiment, of course. What could go possibly wrong? This funny and relatable tale from the writer who crafted many of the mishap-laden stories on Murphy Brown and Spin City delivers the perfect escapist read in these angsty political times. The multi-talented Nguyen knows what it means to inhabit a life radically shaped by history. His debut novel, The Sympathizer , winner of last year's Pulitzer Prize, revisited the conflict that changed the trajectory of his life and inserted a much-needed Vietnamese perspective to the largely American-driven narrative.

In The Refugees , a collection of stories 20 years in the making, he gives voice to the Vietnamese communities in Southern California where he grew up and to those living in the country he fled, acknowledging that the ghosts of war reverberate for generations. Saunders, the master of strangeness, celebrated for his quirky, sharp and humorous short stories, shares his first novel with the world and it does not disappoint.

When Saunders discovered that a grief-stricken Abraham Lincoln repeatedly visited his year-old son's crypt in the days following his death in February , he couldn't get the image of the grieving father out of his mind. What results is a playful and poignant supernatural wonder of a novel. Unfolding over the one night Lincoln inhabits the "bardo," the transitional place between life and death according to Tibetan tradition, Lincoln is surrounded by ghosts past and present. These ghosts are sexy, rude, naughty, haughty and shocking.

Anyone who has read Febos's memoir Whip Smart —about her four years working as a professional dominatrix at a midtown Manhattan "dungeon" while in grad school—knows that her work explores boundaries as deftly as it defies categorization. In this new collection of essays, she once again obliterates convention with her erotically charged and intellectually astute recollections of family, relationships and the search for identity.

In Abandon Me , Febos interrogates what it means to be the product of an aloof sea captain and a psychotherapist, how the mysteries of her childhood shaped her, and how pain, addiction, and the need for human connection forged in her such deep desires and longings. In the s, teenager Cara Hoffman ditched college and took off for Europe, occasionally sleeping in train stations and stowing away in Venetian water taxis.

Just as her funds were running dangerously low, she heard about a place she could crash and earn a small commission working as a "runner" in Greece—that is, walking the length of trains and luring in unsuspecting tourists to the seedy hotels in the red-light district of Athens. Running , the novel inspired by these experiences, explores the dark, alluring intersections between love and survival.

When Hoffman's three young protagonists unwittingly become involved in an act of terrorism, the bonds they've formed are irreversibly fractured and each must deal with the cost. Thirty years in the making, Lee's sweeping, multi-generational novel is set in s Asia and is informed by stories she heard about legal and social discrimination against Koreans in Japan, a history largely denied and erased.

This story kicks off with an unplanned pregnancy and the promise of a less shameful life in Japan and evolves into addictive family saga packed with forbidden love, the search for belonging, and triumph against the odds. Angela Ledgerwood is the host of Lit Up , a podcast about books, writers, and all things literary. Type keyword s to search.

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Coyne and Abigail R. Hall Stanford University Press. Thomas, Ph. Mr Chicken can certainly keep up a hectic pace. Goldilocks and just the one bear Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears' house in the woods. Find out what happens when Little Bear, as was, wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city, rather smart apartment where Goldilocks now lives. Scrummy Sunny McCloud thinks her family is like a sandwich.

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She's the yummy cheese, her twin brothers are the salady, occasionally annoying, goodness bits and her parents are the slices of bread, keeping everything together. But, it seems a bit boring and Sunny wants to add some exciting ingredients, like bananas and ice cream. Angelina ballerina's invitation to the ballet Imagine Angelina's delight when she wins two tickets to the gala performance of Cindermouse.

Her excitement turns to disappointment as friend after friend has received an invitation to something else that day. Envelopes open to reveal letters. Angelina at the fair Angelina wants to go to the fair but she has to take her little cousin, Henry. The day is filled with adventures and surprises. Angelina ballerina Angelina wants to be a dancer.

Her parents buy her a tutu and a pair of ballet slippers and she works very hard to become the best dancer she can be. Angelina's halloween Angelina and Alice are into Halloween and make firefly costumes. They have an adventurous time. Angelina, star of the show Angelina is thrilled to be travelling to the Mouseland Dance Festival on her grandparent's canal boat. She wants to practise her new dance all the way there so that she can be the star of the show but her grandparents need all hands on deck. Angelina's ballet class Angelina loves to dance.

Every week, she goes to Miss Lily's ballet class to learn some new steps. Vivi finds Bean Vivi sets off to travel from Hamburg to Sydney to find her godmother. How long will it take and how will she get there. Hullabazoo It's a perfect day for a trip to the zoo but watch out for the clever crocs. Me and you Rabbit loves doing all sorts of things, climbing a tree, standing on his hands and turning somersaults. But, the best thing about being himself is that he can be with his best friend, Mouse.

Blue sky yellow kite Sometimes we want a thing so much we can't prevent ourselves from taking it.

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But when a girl steals her friend's beautiful yellow kite, she is swamped with turmoil. A story about desire, guilt and forgiveness. Your mother didn't do that Mother kangaroos look after their babies in pouches, mother sharks sometimes eat their babies. Luckily for Holly her mother didn't do that. Ten blue wrens and what a lot of wattle Count all the familiar Australian things.

Count the busy wrens on their fine stick legs, the bowerbird's treasures, his bottle tops and pegs. One little nipper and twelve kelpie legs as well as pies, potoroos and blue wrens. That's not a daffodil When Tom's neighbour gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. He doesn't think it's a daffodil so the old gardener invites him to plant the bulb and see what happens.

Double take: A new look at opposites Think opposites are a piece of cake? Time for a double take! Who knows what's big unless there's small? Does short mean a thing except next to tall? What is above and what is below? The answer depends on who wants to know! Take a topsy-turvy journey into the world of opposites, where everything is not always as it seems.

Emily and Alfie Emily and Alfie are two young penguins. They venture into an ice cave against their father's advice and nearly lose their lives. Woolly jumper, the story of wool Through cumulative text and simple illustrations, children are introduced to information about wool production. The book traces the wool from the sheep's back to the boy's back. Today, Arthur did something he shouldn't have done, especially when his mum told him not to. Arthur knows he's done wrong but telling the truth is really hard. Maybe, he can bend it, stretch it, cover it up or, even, hide it.

After scaring her neighbours one day, Growl is banned from growling and she doesn't know what to do. Look out, Suzy Goose Suzy Goose wanders through the wood, unaware that she is being followed by a hungry fox, who is followed by a hungry wolf, who is stalked by a hungry bear. Just as well a wise owl comes to the rescue. Puffin Peter Peter and Paul are the best of friends but, when Peter gets lost in a terrible storm, he can't find his mate anywhere.

With the help of a big blue whale, Puffin Peter sets off to find Paul. They find all kinds of birds that match Peter's description but none of them are quite like Paul. Silly Suzy goose In her quest for individuality, Suzy Goose reasons that it just might be better to be part of a flock for most of the time. I could be a superhero Murphy, the dog, wonders what he will be when he grows up. He thinks about being a tennis player, a chef, an astronaut or even a superhero. His owner knows just what he will be.

Why do I have to eat off the floor Whimsical situations around the owning of pets. Against the backdrop of an owner's seemingly carefree life, Murphy the dog questions the rules under which he must live. Was not me I have a naughty twin brother who I only see. A cheeky twin brother, his name is Not Me. There are how many boys in this family? Night animals Ladybird read it yourself Discover animals from different environments and what they do at night. Simple text and supportive illustrations. Ideal for developing readers. Return of the dinosaurs Imagine if dinosaurs came back to visit and they were roaming the Broome coastline today.

Staircase to the moon A young girl has a yearning to get to the moon. One night, she and her grandfather sneak away from home in a bid to climb the staircase to the moon.

The pair brave blood-thirsty mosquitoes, dive-bombing fruit bats, boab trees that loom like giants and sinking mangrove mud before making it to the foot of the staircase. Shaun and Bitzer are determined to find out what it is. Perhaps Shaun's complex trap might solve the problem but they must work out how to get the shadow to enter it. Shaun the sheep: Blast to the past When the Flock's go-kart spins out of control and crashes, Mossy Bottom Farm has changed. The Farmer is much younger, the pigs are wearing nappies, and the cockerel is just a baby. It's clear to Shaun the Sheep that Bitzer and the Flock have travelled back in time!

The young Farmer doesn't know much about farming, and the farm is a mess. Can the animals teach the Farmer his job and then find a way to return to their own time? Shaun the sheep: Flock factor, The Mossy Bottom Farm is home to Bitzer, the farmer's dog, and Shaun, leader of an unruly flock of sheep. The chickens and the rest of the farmyard animals are in constant competition with the sheep. So, when Bitzer initiates a talent quest, it's game on. Trouble is, his sheep are more interested in the beach.

Competition between the sheep and the pigs is almost as hot as the weather. Shaun the sheep: Pranks a lot A series of pranks, punctuated by a paranoid truce, pits Shaun, the leader of an unruly flock of sheep, and Bitzer, the farmer's dog, against each other in a battle of wits. Of course, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

Take one large cardboard box, two imaginative kids and a splash of pirate pets and you have a recipe for adventure.

Chip Chip, like most other gulls, would do anything for fish and chips. When he's banned from his favourite food, he is desperate to get it back on the menu. So Chip hatches a brilliant idea to solve his problem, but has he gone too far this time? Chip the lifeguard Chip is back! His mission: to become a lifeguard! But his dreams soon go soggy when he's chased off the beach. So Chip and his friends fashion a plan to sneak him in to the surf club. Will their stunt earn Chip a place between the red-and-yellow flags? Houndsley and Catina Houndsley is a loyal friend to Catina.

He encourages her writing pursuits and wants desperately to see what she has put down in words. Catina is just as loyal and compassionate to Houndsley, and absolutely adores the creative and tasty meals he concocts. But sometimes, no matter how much heart and soul goes into an individual's efforts, things don't always work out as expected. Little dinosaur, The In a time before Australia existed, a little dinosaur with big eyes roamed the Antarctic forests, nibbling on cycads and ginkgoes.

One day the little dinosaur fell and hurt her leg.

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She struggled to keep up with her herd. Time passed and the world changed, but the discovery of the little dinosaur's leg bone millions of years later, meant that she would not be forgotten. My grandad marches on Anzac Day Anzac day and it's significance as seen through the eyes of a young girl. She goes to the pre-dawn Anzac Day service with her father where they watch her grandad march in the parade. Puggle When Puggle the baby echidna is found in mother's pouch on the side of the road, he is taken to a tall house on a hill to live with lots other rescued animals who need help to get back into the wild.

Little by little, Puggle thrives and grows, until the day comes when he is old enough to look after himself. Daddies Daddies like doing lots of wild things but they're also great for cuddles. Mummies are amazing Mummies do many amazing things. Find out what they can do and what they are good at.

Isla Lu, where are you Mum is looking for Isla Lu. She isn't upstairs, she isn't downstairs, she isn't in the smelly bin. Mum is looking all over the house for Isla Lu, coming across all the family members as she goes, and they all join in the fun, but they know that Isla Lu is closer than Mum thinks.

I like cats Rhyming story describing all different types of cats in various situations. Excuse me! Martha May has marvellous manners. She always says please and thank you But what will happen on the day of the Baked Bean Bonanza?! Excuse me, Santa! Martha May has marvellous manners, especially at Christmas. She writes very neat cards and gives very thoughtful gifts But what will happen when Martha May gives Santa a giant pudding?! House of her own, A Audrey is bigger than she was yesterday. Now she needs a bigger house.

So she asks her Dad to build her one, at the top of a tree. It is an ideal house, perfect in every way. Except for one thing. Colossal creatures Who is the biggest creature of them all? Lift the flaps to find out.

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The simple rhyming text contrasts the ancient dinosaurs with the animals, people and buildings of today. Alfie and the birthday surprise Alfie's neighbour, Mr McNally, needs cheering up because his beloved cat has died. Birthday parties always make people happy so Alfie thinks a party just might help. And, there's an extra-special surprise for Mr McNally.

Annie Rose is my little sister Annie Rose is a typical baby sister. Her big brother, Alfie, tells us all about Annie Rose. His love shines through even when Annie Rose is very annoying. Dogger Dave and Dogger, Dave's soft, brown stuffed toy, go everywhere together. But, one evening, Dave discovers that Dogger is missing. This is the story of how Dogger was lost and finally found again, with a little help from big sister, Bella.

All is quiet until Alfie hears drip, drip, drip. It's raining inside and the drip becomes a downpour. Maureen's parents save the day but only Alfie can work out what's worrying Annie Rose. Olly and me Beautifully illustrated collection of sophisticated poetry for the very young. Mum's birthday, Saturday shopping, fireworks and water play are all captured in blank verse.

Out and about A collection of beautifully illustrated blank verse for the very young exploring nature - mud, water, fire, mist and wind - and a child's feelings. Double-page illustrations will delight children who love detail. One thousand trees Deep in the heart of the city, Frankie dreams of a thousand trees.

Over them, under them, through them, above them. Mila and the missing lions Mila's parents are lion tamers, they're part of a circus. Mila is a lion tamer too.