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Where Is the Tower of London? (Where Is?)
Pascal, Janet B.
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The Tower of London holds almost a thousand years' worth of secrets!The Tower of London draws more than 2 million visitors a year! Almost 1,000 years old and first built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the tower has been a fortress, a palace, a zoo, and an exhibit site for the amazing Crown Jewels. But the tower's reputation as a prison is probably what accounts for its popularity! Two young princes in the time of King Richard III were never again heard from after entering the castle, and two of King Henry VIII's wives were held captive here. Author Janet B. Pascal brings to life one of the most fascinating landmarks in the world.


History's Mysteries: Freaky Phenomena: Curious Clues, Cold Cases, and Puzzles From the Past (National Geographic Kids)
Jazynka, Kitson
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Why do planes and ships disappear in the Bermuda triangle? Is there really a Lost City of Gold in a Central American jungle? Could Bigfoot be real?Ponder these impossible puzzles from the past and get ready to question everything you thought you knew. From civilizations that vanished into thin air to cursed treasures to creatures of myth and legend, this book is packed with read'-em-to-believe-'em real-life mysteries. Plus, it includes curious clues and leading theories from experts that will help you decipher, decode, and discover some freakily phenomenal fun.


The Red Bandanna (Young Readers Adaptation)
Rinaldi, Tom
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Welles Crowther did not see himself as hero. He was just an ordinary kid who played sports, volunteered at his local fire department, and eventually headed off to college and then Wall Street to start a career. Throughout it all, he always kept a red bandanna in his pocket, a gift from his father. On September 11, 2001, Welles was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the Twin Towers were attacked. That day, Welles made a fearless choice and in doing so, saved many lives. The survivors didn’t know his name, but one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna. Welles Crowther was a hero. Award-winning ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi brings Welles's inspirational story of selflessness and compassion to life in this accessible young readers’ adaptation of his New York Times bestselling book. This powerful story of making a difference through our actions is perfect for helping the post-9/11 generation understand the meaning of this historic day through the eyes of one young man.


Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance (National Geographic World History Biographies)
Phillips, John
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A biography of the notable Italian Renaissance artist, scientist, and inventor.


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125 Animals That Changed the World (National Geographic Kids)
National Geographic Kids
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Meet a celebrity hippo, a stray dog who became a war hero, a dolphin with a prosthetic fin, a cat who became mayor, a bird who could speak more than 100 words, and many more animals that changed the world. All 125 of these heartwarming, hilarious, and inspiring animal anecdotes are paired with incredible photos and loads of animal facts.


1,000 Facts About Ancient Egypt
Honovich, Nancy
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Explore the wonderful world of Ancient Egypt! Powerful rulers, mythical gods, and a vibrant culture are celebrated in this lively and comprehensive book. Full of fun facts on everything from the Pharaoh's monumental achievements to the secret passageways of the pyramids where they were buried, this book will transport you back in time to that famous ancient civilization on the Nile river.


The Book of Heroines: Tales of History's Gutsiest Gals
Drimmer, Stephanie Warren
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In this title from National Geographic Kids, you'll find true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, ladies in lab coats, and everyday people who all had two things in common: They were girls, and they changed the world. From Annie Oakley to Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai to Misty Copeland, these famous females hiked up their pants and petticoats and stared adversity in the face to prove that girls are just as tough as boys.In these pages, you won't just find game changers and do-gooders, you'll also read tales of rebels and rabble-rousers, awesome athletes and maybe even a few good men.


The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories (Revised and Updated)
Walker, Barbara M.
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A gorgeous new hardcover edition of the award-winning cookbook, featuring full-color photographs, classic illustrations, and more than 100 of the recipes that Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicled in her classic Little House books.A great gift for Little House fans and anyone who wants to learn what life on the prairie was really like.With this visually stunning cookbook, you can learn how to make classic frontier dishes like corn dodgers, mincemeat pie, cracklings, and pulled molasses candy in your own modern kitchen.The book also includes excerpts from the beloved Little House series, fascinating and thoroughly researched historical context, and details about the cooking methods that pioneers like Ma Ingalls used, as well as illustrations by beloved artist Garth Williams and full-color photographs by Kathryn Elsesser. Food and prop styling by Ellen Jackson.This is a chance to dive into the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, American pioneer, women's club member, and farm homesteader.


Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
Petry, Ann
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Harriet Tubman was born a slave and dreamed of being free. She was willing to risk everything - including her own life - to see that dream come true. After her daring escape, Harriet became a conductor on the secret Underground Railroad, helping others make the dangerous journey to freedom.This award-winning introduction to the late abolitionist, which was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Outstanding Book, includes additional educational back matter such as a timeline, discussion questions, and extension activities.


Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World
Macaulay, David
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Prior to the 1800s, ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean relied on the wind in their sails to make their journeys. But invention of steam power ushered in a new era of transportation that would change ocean travel forever: the steamship.Award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay guides readers through the fascinating history that culminated in the building of the most advanced - and last - of these steamships: the SS United States. This book artfully explores the design and construction of the ship and the life of its designer and engineer, William Francis Gibbs.Framed around the author's own experience steaming across the Atlantic on the very same SS United States, Crossing on Time is a tour de force of the art of explanation and a touching and surprising childhood story.


Hana's Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery
Levine, Karen
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This award-winning true Holocaust story, newly updated, connects generations through one woman’s quest to find the truth behind a mysterious suitcase.In March 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a small Holocaust education center in Tokyo, received an empty suitcase from the museum at Auschwitz. On the outside, in white paint, were the words "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Orphan."Fumiko and the children at the center were determined to find out who Hana was and what happened to her all those years ago, leading them to a startling and emotional discovery.The dual narrative intertwines Fumiko’s international journey to find the truth about Hana Brady’s fate with Hana’s own compelling story of her life in a quiet Czech town, which is shattered by the arrival of the Nazis, tearing apart the family she loves. This suspense-filled work of investigative nonfiction draws in young readers and makes them active participants in the search for Hana’s identity.


Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries
Paquette, Ammi-Joan
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Did you know that a young girl once saved an entire beach community from a devastating tsunami thanks to something she learned in her fourth-grade geography lesson? Or that there is a person alive today who generates her own magnetic field? Or how about the fact that Benjamin Franklin once challenged the Royal Academy of Brussels to devise a way to make farts smell good?Welcome to Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries! You know the game: Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but one out of every three is an outright lie.Can you guess which stories are the facts and which are the fakes? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable! Don’t be fooled by the photos that accompany each story - it’s going to take all your smarts and some clever research to root out the alternative facts.From a train that transported dead people to antique photos of real fairies to a dog who was elected mayor, the stories in this book will amaze you! Just don’t believe everything you read. . . .


This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality
Boyce, Jo Ann Allen
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In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann--clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students---found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process.


What Were the Roaring Twenties? (What Was?)
Mortlock, Michele
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Flappers, flag-pole sitting, and the Ford Model T--these are just a few of the things that instantly conjure up a unique era--the Roaring Twenties.It was the bees' knees, the cat's meow. If you're not familiar with 1920s slang, all the more reason to read this fascinating look at that wild, exciting decade. It began on the heels of one tragedy--the flu pandemic of 1918--and ended with another: the start of the Great Depression. But in between there were plenty of good times--the Model T cars that Henry Ford made were cheap enough for the masses, the new sound of jazz heated up speakeasies and nightclubs during the time of Prohibition. Women, recently given the right to vote, cut their long hair into bobs, wore short skirts and makeup, and danced the Charleston (sometimes in marathons that lasted days). Michele Mortlock hits all the highlights of this heady age that still feels modern even a hundred years later.


When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You
Roosevelt, Eleanor
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Eleanor Roosevelt’s book on citizenship for young people now revised and updated for a contemporary audience.In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up to Vote in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work the voter.Fresh, contemporary, and even fun, When You Grow Up to Vote is the book parents and teachers need to talk to children about how our government is designed to work.


Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castle
Platt, Richard
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History comes alive in this incredible children's illustrated book about castles.Slicing through different areas of a medieval fortress, extraordinary views reveal the people busy inside, preparing for battle as an enemy army approaches.Packed with facts, you'll find out what it takes to build a massive 14th-century castle, dress a knight in armor, or prepare a feast fit for a king or queen. From the drawbridge to the dungeon, Cross-Sections Castle swarms with the people who keep the castle going--the workers, craftsmen, and servants. And, as you pore over every page, look out for the villainous spy. Is he in the well... the keep... the moat? No? Keep looking, he's there somewhere!Back in print after 20 years, you can now cheer on jousters, be entertained by a troubadour, and witness the gory details of a traitor's demise. This unique illustrated book for kids is not just the story of a castle; it brings medieval history to life.


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Thompson, Ben
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Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of all time, but he was neither the first nor last adventurer to ever stumble upon a great discovery. From the Silk Road of Asia to the icy shores of Antarctica, our knowledge of the world today is in large part due to several intrepid pioneers, risking life and limb for the sake of exploration. After all, setting off into the dark unknown requires an enormous amount of bravery. But every explorer quickly learns that courage and curiosity aren’t enough to save you if you can’t read a map or trespass on somebody else’s land!


Don't Know Much About The Presidents
Davis, Kenneth C.
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Hail to the chief! Here's your chance to learn all about the presidents' important political achievements, their nicknames, hobbies - even what kind of foods they ate. Bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis packs fun facts and cool quotes into his signature question-and-answer format. Updated to include Barack Obama.


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Space Exploration (Basher Basics Revised and Updated Edition)
Basher, Simon
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Step into your space suit and zoom into the cosmos with this newly updated edition of Basher's Space Exploration to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very first Moon landing. Packed with the latest facts and some memorable characters, this book is a great read for all budding astronauts.


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The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won
Ambrose, Stephen E.
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Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the finest historians of our time, has written an extraordinary chronicle of World War II for young readers. From Japanese warplanes soaring over Pearl Harbor, dropping devastation from the sky, to the against-all-odds Allied victory at Midway, to the Battle of the Bulge to the tormenting decision to bomb Nagasaki and Hiroshima with atomic weapons, The Good Fight brings the most horrific - and most heroic - war in history to a new generation in a way that's never been done before. 96 pages.


So You Want To Be President?
St George, Judith
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This revised edition of the Caldecott Honor-winning classic is updated just in time for the 2004 presidential election. Includes current facts and new illustrations of George W, . Bush, the nation's 42nd president.


Who Was Aretha Franklin?
Medina, Nico
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There is only one QUEEN OF SOUL! Discover why Aretha Franklin garners so much R-E-S-P-E-C-T.Aretha Franklin was a musical and cultural icon whose legacy spanned six decades! Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, Aretha got her start singing in front of her father's Baptist congregation and found minor success as a gospel singer. She then set her sights on becoming a pop music artist and used her powerful voice and impressive skills on the piano to get a record deal. Aretha released her first of many celebrated albums at the age of 18. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making her the first female artist to grace the prestigious list. With iconic hits such as "Respect" and "Think," and countless awards to her name including eighteen Grammys, Aretha Franklin was one of the bestselling artists of all time.


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True Stories (Guys Read)
Scieszka, Jon (Edt)
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Ten stories guaranteed to be even bigger, funnier, and stranger than fiction, from the following real-life adventurers: Candace Fleming Douglas Florian Nathan Hale Thanhha Lai Sy Montgomery Jim Murphy T. Edward Nickens Elizabeth Partridge Steve Sheinkin James Sturm with illustrations by Brian Floca


A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series)
Asim, Jabari
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Jabari Asim goes beyond what's taught in the classroom to reveal a fact-filled history of African American history through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You'll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You'll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970's.You'll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others. Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominants athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Master's Golf Tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the twentieth century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.Filled with beautiful illustrations by Lynn Gaines that bring these figures and events to life, plus a removable historical timeline poster, A Child's Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history.


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