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Nancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona-Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine. She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963. Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to India (1963-1965). When she returned, she moved into a commune in Berkeley, sold newspapers on the street for a while, then got a job in the Entomology department at UC Berkeley and also took courses in Chemistry there. Restless, again, she decided to visit Africa. She and a friend tried to hitchhike by boat but the ship they'd selected turned out ...more

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The coati came back with an injured paw. I don’t know whether he was caught in a trap or stepped on a thorn or was stung by a scorpion. Whatever happened, he is permanently disabled. The foot has withered. He comes to the door looking pitiful, and I give him two handfuls of raisins and two handfuls of peanuts. But he is getting fat and rejects food not up to his st Read more of this blog post »
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“I always say the truth is best even when we find it unpleasant. Any rat in a sewer can lie. It's how rats are. It's what makes them rats. But a human doesn't run and hide in dark places, because he's something more. Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is.”
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“I love you," Matt said.
I love you, too," Maria replied. "I know that's a sin, and I'll probably go to hell for it."
If I have a soul, I'll go with you," promised Matt.”
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Please vote for the award winning book you would like to read during July.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009 Aurealis Awards)
 
  16 votes 19.3%

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Printz Award 2006)
 
  14 votes 16.9%

A Wrinkle in Time byMadeleine L'Engle (Newberry Meda, 1963)
 
  11 votes 13.3%

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Newberry and Printz 2003)
 
  8 votes 9.6%

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Winner & National Book Award Finalist 2009)
 
  8 votes 9.6%

Savvy by Ingrid Law (Newberry Medal 2009)
 
  7 votes 8.4%

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newberry Award 1978)
 
  5 votes 6.0%

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Newberry Medal 2005)
 
  3 votes 3.6%

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newberry Medal 2000)
 
  3 votes 3.6%

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Newberry Honour award 2010)
 
  3 votes 3.6%

The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Newberry 1969)
 
  2 votes 2.4%

 
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Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newberry Medal 2006)
 
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