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A Dazzling Display of Dogs

by Betsy Franco Michael Wertz

From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine--from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you're sure to find this dazzling display doggone delightful.From the Hardcover edition.

Fresh Fall Leaves

by Betsy Franco

A boy and girl play in falling leaves.

Grandpa's Quilt

by Betsy Franco

Three children remake their grandpa's quilt so it will fit him better.

Naked

by Betsy Franco

When Jesse Lucas, a troubled, magnetic acting major, touches the sculpture Meditation in Stanford's Rodin Sculpture Garden, he burns his finger on the bronze. By the time he returns to the garden that night, an eighteen-year-old girl has emerged from the statue, naked and disoriented. It is 2008, yet her mind is swimming with vivid, fractured memories of her volatile past in nineteenth-century Paris--of serving as Rodin's muse, of her passionate affair with the acclaimed artist, and of her own creations. So begins Betsy Franco's extraordinary and imaginative novel, Naked. Stranded in the sculpture garden, Camille--or Cat, as she insists on being called--forms a deep bond with Jesse, who is soon leaving for college and is as lonely and disturbed as she. As Jesse encourages Cat to confront the sinister memories that afflict her, she helps him overcome the fury he has toward his abusive father and find peace within himself. Rich, inventive, and told with a compelling mix of grace and wry humor, Naked is a bold debut that explores love, loss, and the power of art, and brings to mind the magical realism found in The Time Traveler's Wife and Midnight in Paris.

Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writing by Teenage Girls

by Betsy Franco

In these poems and essays written by girls between the ages of 12 and 19, we share their experiences of living in a world plagued with violence, a drive to be thin, and an enduring hope that love will prevail.

Zero Is The Leaves On The Tree

by Betsy Franco Shino Arihara

It's easy to count three of something-- just add them up. But how do you count zero, a number that is best defined by what it's not?Can you see it?Can you hear it?Can you feel it?This important math concept is beautifully explored in a way that will inspire children to find zero everywhere--from the branches of a tree by day to the vast, starry sky by night.

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