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Books

Books

 

Children’s Books

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Fractions in Disguise

When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-begotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—a tool that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction and revealing its true form. Equal parts of action and humor add up to a wholly entertaining introduction to simplifying fractions. Illustrated by David Clark.

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A Very Improbable Story

Ethan wakes up one morning to find a very strange cat named Odds stuck on his head. Odds refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability. Without looking, Ethan must pick out a dime from his coin collection or matching socks from his dresser, or do something else improbable. If he doesn't, Odds is there to stay, and Ethan has a 100% chance of missing his big soccer game. A very improbable story about a challenging math concept. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson.

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The Living House of Oz

ILLEGAL MAGIC IN OZ! What do you do when your mother is arrested for practicing witchcraft? For thirteen-year-old Buddy the answer is easy—he’s off to rescue her from imprisonment in the Emerald City of Oz! With help from friends such as the living hat stand that calls itself the Earl of Haberdashery, Buddy finds he must challenge the Wizard of Oz and Glinda the Good, the most powerful magic-workers in Oz. Illustrated by Eric Shanower.

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Paradox in Oz

OZ IS AGING! Ozma, the lovely girl ruler of Oz, must find a way to restore the enchantment that keeps her people young and vibrant. A lovable but puzzling Parrot-Ox named Tempus carries Ozma back through time to seek the source of the aging enchantment. Ozma meets strange versions of her closest friends in an alternate timestream: Glinda, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, even Ozma herself! Illustrated by Eric Shanower.

Play Scripts

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The Iron Heel

The stage adaptation of Jack London's 1908 novel. The first modern dystopian novel, written by London as a socialist propaganda piece. An election between a socialist candidate and an oligarch. What happens if the oligarch wins?

The play is punctuated by classic folk songs, with altered lyrics that comment on the action. From Theater 61 Press.

 
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The Velvet Oratorio

An evocative retelling of the Czech Velvet Revolution using found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vanêk plays. The work was originally presented at the Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center, as part of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts' Performing Revolution Festival. This book includes the full text of both the scenes and choruses, as well as interviews with the composer and the librettist. From Theater 61 Press.

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Lysistrata

The humor in Lysistrata is the focus of this adaptation. Complete with essays, selected music, and a second version of the play for inventive directors, this newest adaptation of Aristophanes' philosophical comedy focuses on three elements of the human condition that have not changed in nearly 2500 years: war, sex, and, most of all, laughter. From Theater 61 Press.

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The Pig, or Václav Havel’s Hunt for a Pig

Václav Havel’s final theater piece, a shaggy-dog tale set at a pig roast and filled with music. Vladimír Morávek took an old dialogue of Havel’s, combined it with Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and the resulting collage comments both on Communist Czechoslovakia and the post-Communist Czech era. Also included is Havel’s first ever one-act: Ela, Hela, and the Hitch. Translated by Edward Einhorn. From Theater 61 Press.