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By Alyson Noel. St Martin's Griffin. 306 pp. $17.99.

Alyson Noel's story of a soul seeker set in New Mexico. Written for teen audiences.
Fidget's Folly
By , Stacey Patterson. Mountain Press Publishing. 36 pp. $18.00.
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"Finally Echo was going to fly.” So begins this story of two peregrine falcons, raised in a 'hack' box at the edge of a canyon. Fidget and Echo are brother and sister falcons who began their lives in an incubator and later were brought to the canyon to learn to fly and to hunt on their own. They grow bigger and stronger and soon are independent. The end notes tell the reader that peregrine falcons have been taken off the Endangered Species list and are flourishing. This brief picture book has good, clear illustrations and simple text. It is ideal for a second- or third-grade reader. []

Finding Casey
By Jo-Ann Mapson. Bloomsbury. 316 pp. $26.00.
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This novel has bits of lots: Santa Fe lore, cultural diversity, cookery, romantic love (both adolescent and mid-life), ghosts, suspense, family values, exposition of cult mentality and abuse, social support services, and—ultimately--renewal. The characters are well-rounded and believable, the social commentary relevant and the plot keeps readers turning pages. It’s quite an achievement to cover so much ground successfully. []

Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico's Struggle for Statehood
By David Holtby. University of Oklahoma Press. 362 pp. Index. $29.92.
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New Mexico’s sixty-four year attempt to become a state is the subject of this well-researched and lively book. Included in the narrative are accounts of how various senators, particularly Albert J. Beveridge (Indiana) and Nelson W. Aldrich (Rhode Island), fought hard to keep the status quo, truly believing that New Mexico’s ethnic and native populations were not quite ready for the responsibilities of statehood. It was also felt that the New Mexico landscape was too “different” and sparsely populated to merit statehood. Despite resistance, New Mexico finally become the 47th state, on January 6, 1912, a little more than a month before Arizona, which had been denied statehood for many of the same reasons. []

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