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NW Books: Robert Michael Pyle essays and a geocaching guide

New books of Seattle interest: an essay collection by Robert Michael Pyle; a guide to geocaching; a new "Skyship Academy" novel for teens; and a new dog-populated book for young readers.

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New releases

"The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion" by Robert Michael Pyle (Oregon State University Press, $18.95; release date Oct. 1, 2012). In this collection of essays, previously published in Orion and Orion Afield magazines, the author shares "his meticulous observations of the endless and fascinating details of the living earth," says the publicist. The titles indicate a diverse collection: "Of Cabbages and Queens," "Butterflies and Battle Cries," "Spark-infested Waters." The author has written 16 books and lives in Southwest Washington.

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching" by the editors and staff of (Alpha Books, $18.95). Third edition of this guide to the popular outdoor sport. The staff and editors of are based in Seattle.

"Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising" by Nick James (Flux, $9.99). For ages 12-up: latest installment in the Bellingham author's "Skyship Academy" series. Brothers Jesse and Cassius battle both for control of the Earth's energy resources and against a totalitarian regime. Complications ensue. Author James also works as a substitute teacher in Bellingham.

"The Last Dogs: The Vanishing" by Christopher Holt (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99). For ages 8-12 up: All the humans in the world have disappeared, and a group of dogs led by Max, a yellow Lab, set out to find out what happened to Max's family, encountering angry wolves, subway rats and other obstacles. Holt lives in Seattle.

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