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Clifford creator Bridwell dies at 86
Energy
Published in 1-1-2015
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Bridwell wanted to name the dog Tiny, though his wife, Norma, discouraged the obvious joke and named him Clifford, after an imaginary friend from her childhood. The books, which have been translated into 13 languages, have sold more than 129 million copies, according to Scholastic, and have inspired an animated television series, a full-length animated film and stuffed animals.

Book Excerpt: 'Ghost Hawk' by Susan Cooper
Energy
Published in 4-3-2014
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Susan Cooper will discuss and sign "Ghost Hawk," her new book for children 10 and older, at 3 p.m. March 2, Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan. When my proving time came, snow lay on the round roofs of all the homes in our village, and the ground and all the forest trees were white.
'Agent' proves timely and believable
Energy
Published in 4-3-2014
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The author's eye for detail about global issues was honed when he was an award-winning investigative reporter - two stints as a correspondent in Iraq - at the New York Times. The result are solid spy thrillers with believable plots that, despite their complexity, never lose sight that world events are all about basic human experiences.
'Train' rides the rails through history
Energy
Published in 4-3-2014
    1302 Visits
The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. [...] today, riding a train - especially in the United States - can feel like stepping into a time machine. Railroads are a mode of transportation invented, quite by accident, by 18th century Britons trying to keep water out of undergro ...>>
'Bark' offers stories with introspective bite
Energy
Published in 4-3-2014
    648 Visits
"Bark," Lorrie Moore's new collection of stories, is bound by the awkward, painful and comical march of middle age. Dropping in on characters pre- and post-divorce, these eight stories tether readers to a shifting landscape where the past and the future are equally fuzzy and up for grabs. [...] the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, Moore, 57, earned ...>>
Book Excerpt: 'Glitter and Glue' by Kelly Corrigan
Energy
Published in 4-3-2014
    2091 Visits
When I was growing up, my mom was guided by the strong belief that to befriend me was to deny me the one thing a kid really needed to survive childhood: a mother. [...] we were never one of those Mommy & Me pairs who sat close or giggled.


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