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NW books | Guide to the North Cascades highway

New in NW books: a new guide to the North Cascades Highway, a history of Tacoma rail, a post-pandemic book for teenagers and a tooth fairy for dinosaurs.

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New releases

“The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide to America’s Alps” by Jack McLeod (University of Washington Press, $26.95). A beautifully photographed guide to the history, geology and notable spots along the spectacular highway through the North Cascades. McLeod teaches the sciences at Cascade High School in Everett.

“A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer (Delacorte, $16.99). For ages 13-16: Nadia, 16, and younger brother Rabbit have seen enough movies to be worried about zombies as they navigate an eerily empty United States after a pandemic killed nearly the entire world’s population. Driving from Seattle to West Virginia, the siblings pick up a stray dog and a street-smart boy from L.A. as they try to “be the cockroach” and survive without electricity, running water or parents. Kizer lives on Whidbey Island.

“The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy” by Martha Brockenbrough, illustrated by Israel Sanchez (Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99). For ages 4-7: The dinosaur tooth fairy hasn’t had a new tooth in a loooong time, so she’s very excited when a little girl loses a tooth in the museum. Following the girl home, she faces many challenges in her pursuit, ending with the human Tooth Fairy. The author lives in Seattle.

“Tacoma Rail” by David J. Cantlin (Arcadia, $21.99). The latest in local pictorial histories published by Arcadia. This one tells the story of shortline railroad Tacoma Rail, which began as a trolley line in 1917 and still hauls freight in the Port of Tacoma and surrounding communities.

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