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The Circuit, Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child, by Francisco Jimenez; Houghton Mifflin, $15, 116 pages -- An author who grew up a migrant farm worker offers a searing chronicle of the migrant life, through a child's eyes. The backbreaking work, shared by all but the youngest kids, the harsh living conditions, the small joys, the difficulty of school in a foreign tongue are vividly described.

The Collector of Moments by Quint Buchholz, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $18 -- A shy, overweight boy spends hours in an artist's studio but only later is allowed to see what the man has been painting in this mysterious, wonderful story illustrated with equally mysterious wonderful paintings, of snow elephants, a flying taxi, dice in the snow, a departing circus, a package taller than a house. This was translated from the German by Peter Neumeyer and the title comes from the artist's comment that "Each picture has a secret to keep, I collect moments." -- Jean Westmoore


As Time Goes By, by Michael Walsh; Warner, $7.50 -- A successful attempt to reimagine the film classic "Casablanca." Find out what happened to Rick and Ilsa after she flew out to Lisbon, and be there when the two meet again. An ingenious action thriller with romantic underpinnings.

Tropical Freeze, by James W. Hall; Foul Play Press/Norton, $9 -- Compelling story in which Thorn, known for crafting fishing lures in Key West, figures in a high-tension mix of murder, love and revenge. A first-rate thriller. -- Ed Kelly

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