Heather's Picks

Heather found her way to Phoenix Books after retiring from full-time teaching. Her primary interest is in fiction, but she also ventures into poetry, nature, gardening, biography, history, and mystery. Lately, she has been reading some middle grade fiction to help young people.

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Set in South Africa during WWII, this is a coming of age story that delves into many themes: bullying, apartheid, music, boxing, empowerment, family relationships, prison systems...
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780345410054
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 29th, 1996

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What happens when you don't keep a secret? A very funny story with a surprise ending.

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By Tor Freeman, Tor Freeman (Illustrator)
$18.55
ISBN: 9780763661496
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Published: Templar Books - August 14th, 2012

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Another remarkable work of historical fiction based on a true story. Caleb was among the Indian graduates of Harvard College. Readers are invited to see what happens when Indians and Puritans live side by side.

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ISBN: 9780670021048
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - May 3rd, 2011

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This book has ingenious tips and shortcuts to make your gardening more effective and pleasant . . . even for experienced gardeners.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780761126324
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Published: Workman Publishing - January 15th, 2002

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If you liked The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, this book will speak to you. Saira, a free-spirited Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, comes to see her grandparents and parents in a new way. She helps us understand the connections to family.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061493867
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 2nd, 2010

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Written by a knowledgeable veteran gardener. Sydney Eddison shares tips on how to change our gardening to match our lifestyle. Beautiful drawings and information complement this book of wisdom.

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ISBN: 9781604692662
Availability: Backordered
Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 13th, 2011

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Compelling personal narratives of oppressed girls and women by Pulitzer prize winning journalist Kristof and his wife WuDunn, who propell readers to make a difference. The book provides resources for improving the lives of women around the world.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

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In her second novel, Haji weaves together stories of three generations. What would be your reaction if you discvered your biological father was a Muslim? The protagonist also has to help her twin brother cope with PTSD after his tour of duty in Iraq. This novel helps readers to understand American Muslims and dispels stereotypes.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061780103
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2011

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A wise book for our times. Based on a 12th century poem by Attar, Peter Sis magnificently illustrates the birds' search for King Simorgh, the true king. Peter Sis inspires us to look at life's journey in a new way.

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ISBN: 9781594203060
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Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

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The protagonist, Jean Patrick Nkuba, trains to represent Rwanda in the Olympics.  As political tension mounts between Tutsis and Hutus, he is drawn into the political strife that turns neighbor against neighbor.  Jean Patrick runs to escape the genocide.  He shows the resilience of the human spirit.

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ISBN: 9781616200428
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 3rd, 2012

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

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