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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Sheinkin, Steve
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Sometimes the most dangerous weapon is the truth.During the Vietnam War, America was willing to do anything - even lie to the American people - to stop the spread of Communism. But as the fighting and body count escalated, a government insider named Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to expose a top-secret government report called the Pentagon Papers - and became "the most dangerous man in America."


One Person, No Vote
Anderson, Carol
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In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election season.


Google It: A History of Google
Redding, Anna Crowley
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Larry Page and Sergey Brin were two college students with an interesting idea. Now they run one of the most innovative and influential companies in the world. Find out the true history of Google in this inspiring story about thinking big, taking chances, and trying to make the world a better place.


Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular
Bialik, Mayim
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Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls.Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school . . . sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information.Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically. And as an added bonus, Girling Up is chock-full of charts, graphs and illustrations -- all designed in a soft gray to set them apart from the main text and make them easy to find and read. Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.


A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II
Wein, Elizabeth
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The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II - from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity.In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment - nicknamed the “night witches” - faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war.This is the story of Raskova’s three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of a thousand young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country, and the woman who brought them together in the sky.Packed with black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world, and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.


Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners
Nye, Naomi Shihab
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Acclaimed and award-winning poet, teacher, and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye’s uncommon and unforgettable voice offers readers peace, humor, inspiration, and solace. This volume of almost one hundred original poems is a stunning and engaging tribute to the diverse voices past and present that comfort us, compel us, lead us, and give us hope.


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Wide Awake: A Buddhist Handbook for Teens
Winston, Diana
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Maybe you're tired of constant pressure from family and friends. Maybe you're overwhelmed by the problems in the Third World - or in your own town. Maybe you've used drugs or the Internet to search for the answers, and you're still wondering . . . What's it all about? Does anyone understand what I'm going through? There's a 2,500-year-old practice that can help you figure it all out. Buddhism is not about telling you what to do. It's about showing you how to see the answers in yourself. It's about waking up to the world, being who you are, and learning a new way to overcome life's challenges.


A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
Fleming, Melissa
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The extraordinary true story of one teen refugee’s quest to find a new life - now adapted for young readers.A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea tells the story of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by her country’s brutal civil war. She and her family escape to Egypt, but life soon quickly becomes dangerous for Syrians in that country. Doaa and her fiancé decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler’s dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink...Doaa’s eye-opening story, as told by Melissa Fleming, represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for a safe future.


I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior
Wasdin, Howard E.
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This is the dramatic tale of how Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, including his story of overcoming abuse and beating the odds to become an elite American warrior.


Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
Heos, Bridget
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Blood, Bullets, and Bones provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics.Since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public’s imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been practiced for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese detectives studied dead bodies for signs of foul play, and in Victorian England, officials used crime scene photography and criminal profiling to investigate the Jack the Ripper murders. In the intervening decades, forensic science has evolved to use the most cutting-edge, innovative techniques and technologies.In this book, acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between. By turns captivating and shocking, Blood, Bullets, and Bones demonstrates the essential role forensic science has played in our criminal justice system.


Positive
Rawl, Paige
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Paige Rawl was an ordinary girl. Cheerleader, soccer player, honor roll student. One of the good kids at her middle school. Then, on an unremarkable day, Paige disclosed the one thing that made her "different": her HIV-positive status. It didn't matter that she was born with the disease or that her illness posed no danger to her classmates. Within hours, the bullying began. They called her PAIDS. Left cruel notes on her locker. Talked in whispers about her and mocked her openly. She turned to school administrators for help. Instead of assisting her, they ignored her urgent pleas . . . and told her to stop the drama. She had never felt more alone. One night, desperate for escape, Paige found herself in front of the medicine cabinet, staring at a bottle of sleeping pills. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Finding comfort in steadfast friends and a community of other kids touched by HIV, Paige discovered the strength inside of her, and she embarked on a mission to change things for the bullied kids who would follow in her footsteps. In this astonishing memoir, Paige immerses the reader in her experience and tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal: a story of one girl overcoming relentless bullying by choosing to be Positive.


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We Are Witnesses
Boas, Jacob
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The five diarists in this book did not survive the war. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible. We see David Rubinowicz struggling against fear and terror. Yitzhak Rudashevski shows us how Jews clung to culture, to learning, and to hope, until there was no hope at all. Moshe Ze’ev Flinker is the voice of religion, constantly seeking answers from God for relentless tragedy. Eva Heyman demonstrates the unquenchable hunger for life that sustained her until the very last moment. And finally, Anne Frank reveals the largest truth they all left for us: Hitler could kill millions, but he could not destroy the human spirit. These stark accounts of how five young people faced the worst of human evil are a testament, and an inspiration, to the best of the human soul.


A Million Unicorns: Magical Creatures to Color (A Million Creatures to Color)
Mayo, Lulu
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Everyone loves unicorns - and bestselling illustrator Lulu Mayo presents enchanting illustrations of these fantasy creatures to color.Unicorns on rainbows, dancing in the clouds, gathering in palaces, and even swimming in the sea with their friend, the narwhal! Lulu Mayo has delighted coloring book enthusiasts with her charming and whimsical illustrations of cats, dogs, bears, and owls. Now, she conjures up a magical menagerie filled with a million beautiful unicorns. Fans of these popular animals will find every illustration irresistible!


The Babysitter's Survival Guide: Fun Games, Cool Crafts, Safety Tips, and More!
Chasse, Jill D.
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A comprehensive guide to all aspects of babysitting.From advertising on flyers and social media to dealing with temper tantrums and sibling rivalry, The Babysitter's Survival Guide is filled with helpful advice on:• How to Run Your Business• The Interview• Getting the Information You Need• What to Expect from Children of Different Ages• Comforting Kids• Comforting Kids• Fighting• Activities and Crafts• Mealtime• Bath Time• Bedtime• Babysitting Children with Special Needs• Emergency SituationsThis edition has been updated to include information on babysitting in the digital age and also comes with punch-out business cards, child-information cards, and emergency information sheets - everything young entrepreneurs need to score those jobs, get those art projects ready, and have fun with kids!


Hidden Girl
Hall, Shyima
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An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery - and built a new life grounded in determination and justice. When Shyima Hall was eight years old, her impoverished parents sold her to pay a debt. Two years later, the wealthy family she was sold to moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled her with them. Shyima served the family eighteen hours a day, seven days a week until she was twelve. That's when an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over. A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima "commands unfailing interest, sympathy, and respect" (Publishers Weekly), candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances, and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.


Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
Conkling, Winifred
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For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified at last. To achieve that victory, some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes even broke the law - for more than eight decades.From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, to Sojourner Truth and her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, to Alice Paul, arrested and force-fed in prison, this is the story of the American women’s suffrage movement and the private lives that fueled its leaders’ dedication. Votes for Women! explores suffragists’ often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the intersecting temperance and abolition campaigns, and includes an unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in women’s fight for the vote.By turns illuminating, harrowing, and empowering, Votes for Women! paints a vibrant picture of the women whose tireless battle still inspires political, human rights, and social justice activism.


Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant
Bialik, Mayim
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Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory and author of the #1 bestseller Girling Up, puts her Ph.D. to work to talk to teen boys about the science and pressures of growing up male in today's world. A must-have book for all teenage boys!Why does my voice crack like that? What should I eat to build muscle? How do I talk to someone I have a crush on? What do I do if someone calls me names or bullies me?Growing from a boy to a man is no easy task. Bodies are changing, social circles are evolving, hair is appearing in places it never was before -- and on top of it all, there's the ever-present pressure to conform to the typical idea of what it means to be "manly" and masculine. But it's easier to do if you're armed with facts.Using personal anecdotes as an overly observant mother of two boys and plenty of scientific information from her life as a neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, PhD, star of The Big Bang Theory, talks directly to teen boys about what it means to grow from a boy to a man biologically, psychologically, and sociologically. Using the same cool, fun, and friendly tone that she took in Girling Up, Mayim takes boys--and their parents!--through the challenges and triumphs of Boying Up today.In six sections (How Boys Bodies Work; How Boys Grow; How Boys Learn; How Boys Cope; How Boys Love; and How Boys Make a Difference), she takes a look at what it means for boys to come of age in today's world, how can they take control of their paths, and what can they do to help shape the types of futures they want for themselves.


Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
Raisman, Aly
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Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games--and beyond.


Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement
Okamoto, Nadya
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PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silence those who bleed—and how to engage in youth activism.Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table, creating discriminations like the tampon tax, medicines that favor male biology, and more.Period Power aims to explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods.


La Travesia de Enrique
Nazario, Sonia
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"Un relato conmovedor que le da un rostro humano a los indocumentados, tan bello como marcado de cicatrices. Imprescindible".--Kirkus Reviews, reseña destacada.   Basada en el libro homónimo para adultos, La Travesía de Enrique de Sonia Nazario está disponible en su versión adaptada para lectores jóvenes traducida al español por Ana Ras. Esta es la verdadera historia de Enrique, un adolescente hondureño que emprende un viaje arduo y peligroso en busca de su madre, quien se vio forzada a dejarlo de niño para marcharse a los Estados Unidos a trabajar. La historia de Enrique refleja la lucha diaria de los migrantes, legales e ilegales, y las complejas decisiones que enfrentan sólo por intentar sobrevivir y satisfacer las necesidades básicas de sus familias. Entretejidos con fluidez en este apasionante relato real para jóvenes, surgen interrogantes perfectos para debatir en el aula. Incluye un suplemento fotográfico de ocho páginas y un epílogo que describe lo que les ha ocurrido a Enrique y su familia desde que se publicó la edición para adultos.   "El estilo directo y periodístico de Nazario resulta efectivo en este relato rico y complejo. Un agregado valioso para las colecciones de literatura juvenil".--School Library Journal   "El debate tan complejo y desgarrador como actual sobre la inmigración y los derechos de los inmigrantes adquiere un rostro humano en este relato magistralmente narrado que sin duda suscitará discusiones tanto en el aula como el hogar".--Booklist   Libro destacado de estudios sociales para jóvenes de NCSS-CBC   El mejor libro para adolescentes del año según Kirkus Reviews   Obra seleccionada por el Junior Library Guild


Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Judge, Lita
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Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a unique and stunning biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night. By age nineteen, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby daughter just days after her birth. Mary poured her grief, pain, and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in Mary's Monster, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.


Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse
Burcaw, Shane
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With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.


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Senning, Cindy Post
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Let’s face it, how we behave is a choice, and as you move into adult life, the choices get more complicated. You are out in the world, meeting all kinds of people and going different places on your own. Questions of etiquette seem to pop up everywhere you go: What’s the latest on cell phone use and netiquette? How can you make a good impression at college and job interviews? What fork do you use? How do you attach a boutonniere without sticking your prom date? And what is a boutonniere, anyway? Not to worry, help is at hand!


Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular
Bialik, Mayim
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Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls.Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school . . . sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information.Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically.


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