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Originally published Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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Camano Island, Garth Stein and Patricia Briggs

New in Northwest books: a Camano Island history-based guide; 10th anniversary of Garth Stein’s “How Evan Broke His Head”; a new Patricia Briggs story; and a tale of a girl with bird wings.


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“Exploring Camano Island” by Val Schroeder (History Press, $19.99). Schroeder takes readers on a trek around the island’s best-preserved features while disclosing the unique history behind them. She moved to the island in 1994 and has been involved with habitat issues.

“How Evan Broke His Head” by Garth Stein (Soho, $14.95). A 10th anniversary edition of Stein’s novel about a rock musician who meets the son he never knew. With fatherhood, Evan must face the past, his own father and epilepsy. A Seattle Times reviewer wrote that the work “hits all the frets of a powerful story.” Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” lives in Seattle.

“Night Broken” by Patricia Briggs(Ace, $26.95). Mercy Thompson, an auto-mechanic and a shape-shifter, finds herself in hot water when her mate’s ex-wife shows up to reclaim him. Before it’s through, she faces a creature with the power to “tear her world apart.” Briggs is a Washington state author.

“The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslye Walton (Candlewick, $17.99). For ages 14 and up: Ava is born with bird wings and grows up in an unusual family with its own tragic history in this lyrical novel filled with magical realism. Walton lives in Seattle.



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