Books from local authors include “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter,” “Delancey,” “My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956” and “Sparky and Tidbit” (for kids).

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“The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey (Mayapple Press, $15.95). Gailey, who recently served as Poet Laureate of Redmond, conjures a story about a natural world imperiled by the hidden dangers of our nuclear past. A little girl searches for secrets and survival amid a world complete with radio­active wasps and cesium in the sunflowers.

“Delancey” by Molly Wizenberg (Simon & Schuster, $15.99). New in paperback, Wizenberg writes a memoir about giving in, letting go and growing up as she and her husband open a Seattle pizza restaurant. The restaurant became a success, but happiness didn’t follow. The book also contains recipes. Wizenberg, author of a popular food blog, Orangette, lives in Seattle.

“My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956” by Helen M. Szablya (Szablya, $15.75). An autobiographical story of the author’s pursuit of freedom as she grew from a girl into a woman and mother in Hungary during a tumultuous period in history. The book aims to drive home the point that the extreme right and left are “equally horrific.” Szablya lives in Seattle and has been an honorary consul general of Hungary.

“Sparky and Tidbit” by Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrated by Gerald Kelley (Simon Spotlight, $16.99). For ages 5-7: Sparky wants to be a hero, but he can’t find any robbers, buried treasure or mean, hissy cats to show his bravery. Instead, he finds Tidbit, who is in tears because he can’t read. It turns out Sparky can be patient with struggling readers, and Ms. Beagle names him Official Listener of the Little Pooch Puppy School in this beginning-reader chapter book. Galbraith lives in Tacoma.