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Orange, Tommy. There There: 7 CDs. Books on Tape. Jun. 2018. 801p. ISBN 9780525635581. Audio. $35. “[B]eing able to understand where we came from, what happened to our people, and how to honor them by living right, by telling our stories” could be goals for any community—but the words are especially resonant for debut novelist Orange's sprawling Native American cast: “the world is made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories.” Most important, “we should never not tell our stories,” a dying mother urges her daughter. Orange presents more than a dozen men, women, and children confronting broken families, socioeconomic entrapment, cultural erasure, and tenacious reclamation who initially seem to share little more than their Oakland setting. Their Native connections will link their stories as Orange—of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma—moves each toward the Big Oakland Powwow, an epic, explosive event that will both reunite and destroy. Narrator Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kyla García, and Alma Cuervo help to keep characters distinct; that all but Cuervo identity as Native American/First Nations undoubtedly enhances their nuanced performances. ­VERDICT While bearing witness to history (his piercing preface fiercely encapsulates a half-millennium of Native experiences), Orange commands urgent, immediate attention in this masterly montage of voices, lives, visions, tragedies, and dreams. [“A broad sweep of lives of Native American people in Oakland and beyond”: LJ 4/1/18 starred review of the Knopf hc; a June LibraryReads pick.]—Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC

VERDICT: While bearing witness to history (his piercing preface fiercely encapsulates a half-millennium of Native experiences), Orange commands urgent, immediate attention in this masterly montage of voices, lives, visions, tragedies, and dreams. [“A broad sweep of lives of Native American people in Oakland and beyond”: LJ 4/1/18 starred review of the Knopf hc; a June LibraryReads pick.]

Fuzzbutt, Sprinkles others (text) & Maggie Cat Coltrane Tabby (illus.). Cats Are Better Than People: The Definitive Philosophical Treatise on Feline Superiority. 2 ed. adapted by Billy Parrott. Scholastic. (Animal Heroes, Bk. 1). Feb. 2019. 418p. discog. bibliog. ISBN 9781559718653. $65. ANIMAL HUSBANDRYCats. Are they better than people? You bet! People are angry, mean, stupid, they vote for the wrong politicians, they stand in the doorway when the subway opens, they buy dogs from puppy mills instead of adopting, they don't recycle, they're rude on airplanes, they talk during movies, they stop right in the middle of the sidewalk without any regard for the people walking behind them, they smoke and, ugh, "vape" while walking down crowded city streets thereby inflicting second-hand smoke on everyone behind them, they don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom, they tip poorly, they listen to Nickelback, they judge others for things about which they have no control, they don't keep their promises, they hurt others, and they just generally suck. Cats? Cats don't do any of that. Cats for President! VERDICT Get a cat.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

VERDICT: Get a cat.

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