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FOR YOUNG READERS

Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, written and illustrated by Karen B. Winnick; Boyds Mills Press, $15.95 -- Winnick's lovely picture book does justice to the charming true story of 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield and the letter she wrote to Abraham Lincoln urging him to grow a beard. The stylized illustrations, in sombre tones, give the human faces a posed, still quality almost like old, faded photographs.

Chibi, a True Story From Japan, by Barbara Brenner and Julia Takaya, illustrated by June Otani; Clarion, $14.95 -- This Japanese version of "Make Way for Ducklings" is based on the true story of a duck who hatched her 10 ducklings in a park in downtown Tokyo. The authors offer an interesting look at everyday life in Tokyo and an extra element of drama when the park is flooded during typhoon season. -- Jean Westmoore
PAPERBACKS
Immediate Action, by Andy McNab; Dell, $5.99 -- Explosive story of Britain's Special Air Service, the toughest, most secretive strike force in the world.

Rider at the Gate, by C.J. Cherryh; Warner, $6.99 -- Ingenious science fiction about a forgotten colony.

Beyond All Reason: My Life With Susan Smith, by David Smith, with Caleb Calef; Pinnacle, $5.99 -- The bereaved father's story of the 1994 fake abduction and the very real murder, by drowning, of his two small sons in South Carolina. -- Ed Kelly