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Dinosaurs - and Michael Crichton - roar again in 'Dragon Teeth'

As if extracted from amber, a new story has been reanimated from the fossilized brain of Michael Crichton. Recently "discovered" in the late author's archives (Crichton died in 2008), "Dragon Teeth" is a light historical novel that bears all the narrative traits of its techno-thriller ancestor, "Jurassic Park." It's a fun and diverting romp through the Old West in search of dinosaur bones.

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Lockwood’s memoir of growing up as a priest’s daughter

Patricia Lockwood’s memoir “Priestdaddy” (Riverhead Books, $27) is her chronicle of living in the family of a Catholic priest. Her father married a Catholic and later converted to Christianity, eventually becoming a Lutheran minister. Later, he became interested in the Catholic tradition, and petitioned the church for a dispensation to become a married Catholic priest. (The church allows the special status for ministers of other faiths whom it considers fit for the priesthood.) Lockwood takes readers through her adventures with her priest father who plays guitar and likes lying about in his underwear.

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‘We’re All Wonders,' picture book for preschoolers teaches empathy, kindness

Parents need to know that R.J. Palacio’s “We’re All Wonders” presents Auggie, the facially disfigured main character of her award-winning middle-grade novel “Wonder,” to the younger picture book audience. Here Auggie, who’s seen in Palacio’s stylized art as having just one eye, like on the cover of “Wonder,” tells readers how it feels to be treated badly because he looks different. He says that when kids point at him and stare and say unkind things behind his back that he can hear, it hurts his feelings. He encourages kids to acknowledge that we’re all different. His mom says he’s a “wonder,” and he wants people to see they’re wonders, too. “We’re all wonders,” he says. This sensitive yet direct book is great for teaching empathy and promoting kindness.

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Misty Copeland talks about food, shyness and her ‘Ballerina Body'

Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report, is “the embodiment of the American dream.” Growing up as one of six children in an often-struggling Southern California family, she lived for some time with her mother and siblings in two rooms in a highwayside motel. At the Boys & Girls Club gym one day, a teacher noticed something distinctive in the tiny, quiet 13-year-old’s movements, and suggested a ballet class.

Videos

Crowd advocates banning Confederate flag in school before board meeting

Video: "Hey-hey, ho-ho, the Confederate flag has got to go," was heard echoing through the halls of Gravelly Hill Middle School before the Orange County school board meeting Monday evening May 22, 2017, in Efland, NC.
Casey Toth ctoth@heraldsun.com
Crowd advocates banning Confederate flag in school before board meeting 0:47

Crowd advocates banning Confederate flag in school before board meeting

Confederate flag: We need to talk about it 1:15

Confederate flag: We need to talk about it

North Carolina’s contorted history of congressional redistricting 1:52

North Carolina’s contorted history of congressional redistricting

Student of the Month leaves legacy of research and science 0:37

Student of the Month leaves legacy of research and science