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Jan 18

New Kansas Books

Posted on January 18, 2023 at 10:25 AM by Michael Lang

Photo of a boy surrounded by macaroni noodles, change, and more.

DBC17308 Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres.

In Pittsburgh in 1933, sixth-grader Mike Costa notices a connection between several strange occurrences, but the only way he can find out the truth about what's happening is to be nice to the class bully.  Includes historical facts. 2006 William Allen White nominee. For grades 4-7.

Black and white phot of a woman sitting beside a typewriter.

DBC17310 Peggy of the Flint Hills: A memoir by Zula Bennington Greene.

"Peggy of the Flint Hills" was a beloved Topeka newspaper columnist, dispensing common sense and uncommon insight six days a week for 55 years. But her true masterwork was this little memoir, now seeing publication for the first time--a breathtakingly rich recollection of her childhood in the Ozark foothills and her young adulthood in the Kansas Flint Hills. With a full heart and a matchless memory, Peggy writes of the people and places that shaped her, offering readers a crystalline window into a long-gone world.


Sepia photo of an old west town.

DBC17311 Thunder Over the Prairie: The True Story of a Murder and a Manhunt by the Greatest Posse of All Time by Howard Kazanjian.

Provides an account of the shooting of popular dancehall girl Dora Hand in Dodge City, Kansas in 1878 and the ensuing chase across the prairie to catch the alleged killer by lawmen Charlie Bassett, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Bill Tilghman.


DBC17305 Our Boys : A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape.

An inspiring portrait of the extraordinary high-school football team whose quest for perfection sustains its hometown in the heartland. The football team in Smith Center, Kansas, has won sixty-seven games in a row, the nation's longest high-school winning streak. They have done so by embracing a philosophy of life taught by their legendary coach, Roger Barta: "Respect each other, then learn to love each other and together we are champions." But as they embarked on a quest for a fifth consecutive title in the fall of 2008, they faced a potentially destabilizing transition: the greatest senior class in school history had graduated, and Barta was contemplating retirement after three decades on the sidelines.