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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley

Adolescent sleuth Flavia de Luce returns in Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, Alan Bradley's eighth novel starring the precocious chemist, heir to the crumbling Buckshaw estate and solver of murders too bizarre for the village constabulary. Readers who began with Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie are again rewarded with references to previous novels, but those just starting out will soon feel at home.

Flavia is ecstatic to return to the English countryside following a dismal term in Canada at her late mother's

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The Queen of Blood

by Sarah Beth Durst

Daleina lives in a treehouse built in one of her country's many forests. Her life is simple--she assists the village's hedgewitch and helps her family at home. Like every citizen, Daleina relies on her queen's binding magic to keep her safe from six spirit types; without the queen to hold their energies in check, they would kill every person and animal on their land. But when this balance is broken, Daleina's village is destroyed. Her family are the only survivors because Daleina, to her great surprise, manages

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The Secret Keepers

by Trenton Lee Stewart, illus. by Diana Sudyka

Eleven-year-old Reuben Pedley considers himself a "sneaker." While his caring but harried mom works two jobs and still barely manages to support them, Reuben enjoys solitary summer days sneaking around the Lower Downs, the worst neighborhood of New Umbra, a place "as gloomy and run-down as a city could be." One day, Reuben squeezes into the narrowest alley he's ever seen, and climbs to a dangerously high ledge. While holding on for dear life, he finds a beautiful, spherical antique pocket watch lodged in the

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Angel Catbird, Volume 1

by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

Margaret Atwood's zany first comic features a flying cat-birdman who defends the world against an evil pack of remote-controlled rats.

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Have You Seen My Trumpet?

by Michaël Escoffier, illus. by Kris Di Giacomo

In this winning picture book with a seaside setting, the author-illustrator team cleverly puts the "bat" in "bathroom" and the "eel" in "wheel."

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Media Heat

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fresh Air: Joshua Partlow, author of A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster (Knopf, $30, 9780307962645).

Diane Rehm: Robert Gottlieb, author of Avid Reader: A Life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28, 9780374279929).

Daily Show: Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (University of Chicago Press, $27.50, 9780226404349).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Diane Rehm: Berkeley Breathed, author of The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic (Philomel, $18.99, 9780399546624).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Affinity Konar, author of Mischling (Lee Boudreaux, $27, 9780316308106).

Diane Rehm: Candice Millard, author of Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill (Doubleday, $30, 9780385535731).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Diane Rehm: Kelley and Thomas French, authors of Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316324427).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fresh Air: opera star Ryan Speedo Green, the subject of a new biography, Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner (Lee Boudreaux Books, $28, 9780316300674).

Diane Rehm: Maureen Dowd, author of The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics (Twelve, $30, 9781455539260).

Today Show: Jamie Lee Curtis, author of This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From (Workman, $16.95, 9780761180111).
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