New books by Seattle-area authors: a guide to Washington’s Pacific Coast, a fictional Civil War saga and the story of a teenager with family trouble.

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“Washington’s Pacific Coast: A Guide to Hiking, Camping, Fishing & Other Adventures” by Greg Johnston (Mountaineers Books, $24.95). Johnston, a Seattle-area native and outdoorsman, offers an attractive and informative guide of activities, including hiking and camping, for one of the state’s most scenic areas. In addition to providing information about trails, parks, paddling routes and beachcombing destinations, Johnston writes about the history and geology of the region.

“Going Home” by James D. Shipman (Lake Union, $14.95). Northwest native, UW graduate and Everett attorney Shipman presents a sweeping Civil War saga full of action, betrayal and romance. It is based on the true story of Union general Joseph Forsyth. The hero finds himself struggling for survival and love amid the wreckage of the conflict.

“From Where I Watch You” by Shannon Grogan (Soho Teen, $18.99). For young adults: Reeling from her sister’s drowning and the collapse of her family, Kara tries to focus on a culinary contest. Anonymous threats force her to recognize the dangers in her life as well as the truth about her sister. Grogan, a second-grade teacher, lives east of Seattle.

“The Trap” by Steven Arntson (Houghton Mifflin, $16.99). For ages 10-13: Henry, his twin sister and their two best friends use the Fibonacci sequence to leave their bodies during sleep and become their “subtle” selves. This is fun when they can jump off buildings without hurting themselves, but not so great when an evil man is chasing them. Arntson lives in Seattle.