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Calculating stars, The
(Kowal, Mary Robinette)
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
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Women astronauts -- Fiction
Space colonies -- Fiction
Science fiction

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429 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Citizen Vince: a novel
(Walter, Jess)
From the highly acclaimed new crime novelist: a story of witness protection, petty thievery, local politics, and murder―set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1980 presidential election It’s the fall of 1980, the last week before the presidential election that pits the downtrodden Jimmy Carter against the suspiciously sunny Ronald Reagan. In a seedy suburban house in Spokane, a small-time crook formerly from New York, Vince Camden, pockets his weekly allotment of stolen credit cards and heads off to his witness-protection job at a donut shop. A the shop he takes a shine to a regular named Kelly, who works for a local politician. Somehow he finds himself and the politician in a parking lot at three in the morning, giving the slip to a couple of menacing thugs. And then he crosses the path of a young detective―and discovers his credit-scam partner, lying dead in his passport-photo office with a Cheerio-size bullet-hole in his head.
Genre(s):
Police Washington (State) Spokane -- Fiction
Spokane (Wash.) Fiction
Detective and mystery stories

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293 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Civilizations
(Binet, Laurent)
An ambitious and highly entertaining novel of revisionist history. Freydis is a woman warrior and leader of a band of Viking explorers setting out to the south. They meet local tribes, exchange skills, are taken prisoner, and get as far as Panama. But nobody ultimately knows what became of them. Fast forward five hundred years to 1492 and we're reading the journals of Christopher Columbus, mid-Atlantic on his own famous voyage of exploration to the Americas, dreaming of gold and conquest. But he and his men are taken captive by Incas. Even as their suffering increases, his faith in his superiority, and in his mission, is unshaken. Thirty years later, Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, arrives in Europe in the ships stolen from Columbus. He finds a continent divided by religious and dynastic quarrels, the Spanish Inquisition, Luther's Reformation, capitalism, the miracle of the printing press, endless warmongering between the ruling monarchies, and constant threat from the Turks. But most of all he finds downtrodden populations ready for revolution. Fortunately, he has a recent bestseller as a guidebook to acquiring power--Machiavelli's The Prince. The stage is set for a Europe ruled by Incas and Aztecs, and for a great war that will change history forever
Genre(s):
Incas Europe -- Fiction
Alternative histories (Fiction)

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310 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
(Jenny Han)
Young Adult Fiction (149 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-7. Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition. [Kit added: 11/2014]
Genre(s):
Korean Americans -- Juvenile fiction

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149 p

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Clayton Byrd goes underground
(Williams-Garcia, Rita )
Recommended for Grades 3-7. Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.
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Blues (Music) -- Juvenile fiction
Grandparent and child -- Juvenile fiction
Grandfathers Death -- Juvenile fiction
Bereavement -- Juvenile fiction

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166 p

Kit Level: Kids

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