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Originally published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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Local Books: Examining the lives of Billy Frank Jr., Roger Ebert

This week's local books include "Where the Salmon Run," Trova Heffernan's story of Indian leader Billy Frank Jr.; "Rule of Thumb," Todd Rendleman's exploration of the life of movie critic Roger Ebert; "Dog Days," a Freaky-Friday story with a canine twist by Elsa Watson; and "The Summer of No Regrets," a young-adult novel by Katherine Grace Bond.

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"Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank Jr." by Trova Heffernan (University of Washington Press, $40). The life of this Indian-rights warrior and salmon protector is told "through oral history interviews with the Nisqually elder and those who know him best," says the preface. It includes illustrations and an extensive family tree. Author Heffernan is director of the Legacy Project and the creative director of the Heritage Center in the Washington State Office of the Secretary of State.

"Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies" by Todd Rendleman (Continuum, $19.95). This look at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert — which includes influences in his life, comparisons to other critics and his impact on today's movies — often "takes on the narrative excitement and impulsion of close-reading a movie," says the book jacket, while weaving in the author's own cinematic experiences. Author Rendleman teaches film art, history and criticism at Seattle Pacific University.

"Dog Days" by Elsa Watson (Tor, $7.99). Business at Jessica's cafe has died since she became known as the town's dog hater. After she rescues a stray, they are struck by lightning. The event causes them to switch bodies in this tale, which has "a perfect twist of an ending," according to the publisher. Author Watson is a Pacific Northwest native.

"The Summer of No Regrets" by Katherine Grace Bond (Sourcebooks, $8.99). For ages 13 and older: In this young-adult novel by a Duvall author, Brigitta saves a new boy, Luke, from a cougar, and together they raise orphaned cougar cubs over the summer. Her friend Natalie insists Luke looks just like hot teen actor and bad boy Trent Yves, but there's no way that could be true. Right?

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