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NW Books: Arab-Indian hactivism, genies, what more?
Books of Seattle interest: “Alif the Unseen,” “Protector,” “Hattie Ever After” and “Frog Song.”
“Alif the Unseen” by G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, $16). New in paperback: This sociopolitical thriller is set in an unnamed Arab emirate where a computer “hacktivist” obtains an ancient book narrated by genies. Seattle Times reviewer Agnes Torres Al-Shibibi called it “a smart, spirited swirl of current events and history; religion and mysticism; reality and myth; computer science and metaphysics.” Wilson divides her time between Cairo and Seattle.
“Protector: A Foreigner Novel” by CJ Cherryh (DAW Books, $24.95). Spokane’s Cherryh brings us another novel in the Foreigner Universe, in which the civil war on the world of the atevi is over, power shifts have sorted out but 9-year-old Cajeiri may not get his birthday wish: a visit from the only other children he’s ever met — humans.
“Hattie Ever After” by Kirby Larson (Delacorte, $16.99). For ages 12 and up: With this sequel to her 2007 Newbery Honor-winner, “Hattie Big Sky,” Larson answers fans who kept asking what happened to plucky Hattie. Despite her beau’s safe return from the war, Hattie rejects the safe option of marriage and instead moves to San Francisco to pursue her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter. Larson lives in Kenmore.
“Frog Song” by Brenda Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin (Henry Holt, $17.99). For ages 6-9: The Seattle-area author highlights 11 types of frogs around the world and their songs, from the “pssst-pssst” of Costa Rica’s strawberry-poison-dart frog to the “chirp-chweet” of the Chilean Darwin’s frog. Beautiful illustrations showcase the descriptions, which are supplemented by additional details at the end of the book.