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Merrill is best known for two popular children's books, The Pushcart War (1972) and The Toothpaste Millionaire (1972), but wrote more than 30 books and twelve movie scripts for animated adaptations of her work. A common theme in her stories is that of an underdog overcoming the constraints of the established social and economic order. Merrill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and preferred outdoor activities, such as building forts, sledding, collecting fossils, and climbing silos, to playing inside with manufactured toys and being watched by adults. She died of cancer at her home in Vermont on August 2, 2012.
The pushcart war by Jean Merrill ; with illustrations by Ronni Solbert
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Author Dr. Stephen R. Covey has passed away at the age of 79. His most well-known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, has sold over 20 million copies, spawned a number of related books and has been named “the Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century”. The management expert and cofounder of FranklinCovey was one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans” in 1996. His most recent book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems, outlines effective methods for conflict resolution at work, in school, or elsewhere in society.
According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center's State of the Climate: National Overview June 2012 Report the last 12 months have been the warmest on record for the mainland United States. Although alarming, this does not come as a surprise to most people with the extremely high temperatures experienced over the last several weeks. But what is going on? To help you understand this crazy weather, you may want to check out CPL resources on climate change and in particular:
According to a statement by the Galapagos National Park Service, the last surviving Pinta Giant Tortoise has passed away, making the subspecies extinct. The age of "Lonesome George" was estimated at least 100 years. The cause of George's death is unknown, though advanced age is not likely: the 5-foot, 200-lb tortoise was expected to live well over 200 years.
Leo and Diane Dillon were also famous for their cover artwork for adult science fiction novels, winning the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Professional Artist.
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CBS anchor and legendary 60 Minutes icon Mike Wallace died at the age of 93 surrounded by family in Connecticut. Wallace was known as a merciless interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make 60 Minutes the most successful prime-time television news program ever.
Between you and me: a memoir by Mike Wallace with Gary Paul Gates
On Friday, August 19th, 2011, while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard President Obama and his daughters made an impromptu stop at the island bookstore. Of the books purchased by the president were two new books: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell and:
Rodin's debutante: a novel by Ward Just
The President also brought along three other books with him: