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NW books | Unicorns, slugs, Bohemians and Greywalkers

New releases with Northwest connections include “Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist,” aimed at ages 9-12, and “Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest,” aimed at anyone interested in the region’s fascinating terrestrial mollusks.

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New releases

“Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist” by R.R. Russell (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $15.99). For ages 9-12: Twig isn’t sure about bonding with her assigned pony at a ranch for troubled girls, located on an island she’s convinced is haunted. Then she discovers a baby unicorn and a mysterious boy who needs her help in protecting the island’s herd of mystical creatures. The author lives in Tacoma.

“Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest” by Thomas E. Burke and William P. Leonard (Oregon State University Press, $35). Burke, a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, and Leonard, an experienced wildlife photographer and biologist, present a definitive and comprehensive guide to snails and slugs of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana.

“The Bohemians” by Laurie Blauner (Black Heron Press, $14.95). Lil, a painter, and Leon, an accountant, narrate the Seattle author’s third novel, a Jazz Age story of love, art, music and fame. It’s colorful cast of imagined characters mingle with historical figures such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

“Possession” by Kat Richardson (ROC, $25.95). The Seattle author continues her Greywalker series, which features Seattle private eye Harper Blaine. In this installment, a woman awakes from a coma and begins painting scenes from someone else’s life.

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