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Casey's Reviews

A woman sits on a flying broomstick in a Quidditch arena, holding a Quaffle.Casey is the second-generation owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her earliest memory is riding the rocking horse in the kids section when the store was located across the street. When not reading Harry Potter with her two kids, she is an avid reader of new works of fiction, history and politics and loves to read with her book group.

Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

Given our proximity to Silicon Valley, most Santa Cruz dads are constantly searching for ways to bring innovation to parenting. Ken Denmead, who couldn’t bear to play Candyland one more time with his five children, had similar aspirations when he launched a Wired blog soliciting ideas to bridge the divide between kids games and all things geeky. Presto! Millions of tips later, Denmead compiled Geek Dad and The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, both filled with the best geeky activities to do with your children. Super- cool projects include electronic origami, making your own cartoons, pirate cartography and wind-up toy finger painting. Two books that both fathers and kids will enjoy.  -Casey

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781592405527
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Avery - May 4th, 2010

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

For analytical dads who want to parent based on facts and the latest research, Nurture Shock will both inform and entertain. Focusing on the latest neurobiological facts about child development, Bronson and Merryman dispel the usefulness of many modern parenting strategies while they untangle issues related to sibling relationships, lying, teen rebellion and childhood intelligence. Slate.com calls it “a highly readable Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at the social science of child rearing” while the Huffington Post says “it will knock your socks off.”  -Casey

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780446504133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2011

Home Game by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis, famed sports and business author (The Blind Side, Liars Poker, The Big Short), tackles his toughest subject yet: Fatherhood. Chronicling the first few months after the birth of each of his three children, Lewis’ infectious wit and candidness provide one of the most accurate (and funny) portrayals of fatherhood I’ve ever read. Favorite moment: Lewis recalling his exhausting and excruciating father-daughter camp-out at Berkeley’s Fairy Land only to later decide that it was one of the best nights of his life.  -Casey

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$13.95
ISBN: 9780393338096
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2010

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

The Caldecott Honor Book Interrupting Chicken perfectly captures the lively imagination of a toddler while hearing stories at bedtime. Interrupting his father’s best efforts to read books, Little Red Chicken dramatically inserts himself into the stories until he himself is interrupted in a most unusual way. The back and forth between father and son will be a familiar and endearing scene for any father with young children.  -Casey

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763641689
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Published: Candlewick - August 10th, 2010

Stella: Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay

Stella is a vivacious older sister who leads her little brother Sam through the winter season using their collective curiosity and imagination. Accompanied by the fanciful illustrations seen in all the Stella books, Stella and Sam explore snow and ice and all things winter while furthering their heartfelt relationship and their love of nature in all forms. Reading this book will make you want to grab your nearest sibling and go exploring. —Casey

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By Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781554980710
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Published: Groundwood Books - July 29th, 2010

Sisters & Brothers by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Did you know that when an elephant wanders away from its herd, putting itself in danger of encounters with lions, it is a protective big sister who usually guides the elephant back to safety? Or that wild turkey brothers stay together for life, and even help attract mates and chase off rival males for each other? These revelations, along with more stories about sibling relationships—from Nile crocodiles to black widow spiders—make the new book Sisters & Brothers both informative and fun. Which animal species is most like your family? The Naked Mole Rats who lay down in tunnels for others to walk on depending upon age status, or the beavers who work together with their siblings to gather bark to feed on during winter? Filled with science, animal facts, and great illustrations, this book is a fun exploration for the whole family.  —Casey

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Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547727387
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2012

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

Someone once told me that, to truly understand human behavior, I need only watch the classic jury movie “Twelve Angry Men.” Now, I tell those same people that all they have to do is read Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free. Told with exclusive access to the miners who were trapped for 69 days deep underground, UCSC graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hector Tobar, vividly and brilliantly describes the backgrounds, faith and motivations that allowed these men to survive. It’s no wonder that author Ann Patchett chose it as the inaugural selection of the NPR book club. —Casey

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074850
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This beautiful, sweeping novel captures the feelings of World War II from the vantage point of ordinary lives. Following a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy, Doerr evokes the terror of the war and the hope that continues to survive even in its midst. A true masterpiece with stunning prose and deeply developed characters, this is by far my favorite book of 2014.  

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

A wonderful debut novel full of wit, engrossing characters, and emotional truth. Following our protagonist Harry from a childhood defined by being struck by lightning while being bullied, through the rise of his emerging punk band, this is the story about the ebbs and flows of friendship, finding our true passion, and winding our way through the physical and emotional scars that try to hold us back. This is a must read and simply a great book.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781606844397
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Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - January 21st, 2014

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s collection of essays chronicles her life as a writer, wife, friend, daughter, dog lover and bookseller. Although not every experience matched my own, each essay made me take a moment to recognize the common sense of humanity written in the pages. It is a book that you can come back to, year after year, when you need a little dose of Ann’s wit and honesty in your life.
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062236678
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

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