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Originally published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 5:05 AM

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NW books | Cinderella keeps the peace, condors soar above

New releases with Northwest connections include the third “Cinderella Smith” offering for young readers, a look at aging for older readers and some new findings about the California condor’s Northwest heritage.

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New releases

“Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery” by Stephanie Barden (HarperCollins, $16.99). For ages 6-9: The Seattle author’s third book in the early chapter-book series follows Cinderella’s attempts to keep her research project a secret while trying to track down the mystery of her disappearing library books. Cinderella continues to charm with her tentative yet positive ways of making peace in her third-grade classroom.

“The Wonder of Aging” by Michael Gurian (Atria Books, $26). This new book by the Spokane therapist and author of “The Wonder of Boys” focuses on the emotional, spiritual and cognitive dimensions of life after 50.

“The Last Dogs: Dark Waters” by Christopher Holt (Little Brown, $17). This is Seattle author Holt’s second book in an illustrated series about canine heroes Max, Rocky and Gizmo.

“California Condors in the Pacific Northwest” by Jesse D’Elia and Susan M. Haig (Oregon State University Press, $19.95). The Oregon-based authors incorporate new research about North America’s largest avian scavenger, which for much of its existence graced the skies of the Pacific Northwest.

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