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Imprisoned : the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Sandler, Martin W.

J 940.5317 SANDLER

Drawing from interviews and oral histories, chronicles the history of Japanese American survivors of internment camps.

176 pages

Blizzard of glass : the Halifax explosion of 1917

Walker, Sally M.

J 971.6225 WALKER

Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbor and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.

145 pages

Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

Nelson, Kadir.

J 973.0496 NELSON

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

108 pages

The impossible rescue : the true story of an amazing arctic adventure

Sandler, Martin W.

J 979.803 SANDLER

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them.

163 pages

The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum

Fleming, Candace.


Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.

151 pages

Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-


Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

133 pages

Amelia lost : the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Fleming, Candace.


Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.

118 pages

The amazing Harry Kellar : great American magician

Jarrow, Gail.


With a flair for entertaining and a knack for self-promotion, Harry Kellar always promised a spectacular show. And he never disappointed. Kellar read minds, floated women in the air, and escaped from knotted ropes in seconds. Known throughout the world, he was a conjurer extraordinaire! Author Gail Jarrow shines the spotlight on this nearly forgotten magical wizard and his dazzling illusions. Working with experts and relying on Kellar's own words and promotional posters, she reveals a man who is still celebrated and respected by magicians today.

96 pages

Can I see your I.D.? : true stories of false identities

Barton, Chris.


True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: From the impoverished young woman who enchanted nineteenth-century British society as a faux Asian princess, to the sixteen-year-old boy who "stole" a subway train in 1993, to the lonely but clever Frank Abagnale of Catch Me if You Canfame, these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades.

121 pages

Soul searching : a girl's guide to finding herself

Stillman, Sarah, 1984-


Girl Power lives! Written when the author was sixteen and updated to address the concerns of today's teens, Soul Searching brings girl power to the printed page by offering young women a clear path to self-discovery and empowerment. Through fun quizzes, insightful exercises, and provocative statistics, Sarah Stillman guides young women through the complex maze between adolescence and adulthood. While fashion magazines, television programs, and websites emphasize the superficial and foster insecurities, Stillman directs teen girls to a healthy place where a strong sense of self and direction take center stage. With updated sections on safe cell-phone use, social media, cyber bullying, health, and gender, as well as updated resources throughout, Soul Searching is a must-read for teenage girls.

162 pages

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out

Kuklin, Susan, author.


Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

182 pages

Stonewall : breaking out in the fight for gay rights

Bausum, Ann, author.


A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

120 pages

Denied, detained, deported : stories from the dark side of American immigration

Bausum, Ann.


An award-winning author examines the history of American immigration--a critical topic in 21st century America--particularly those lesser-known stories of immigrants who were denied entrance into the States or detained for security reasons.

111 pages

What color is your parachute? for teens : discovering yourself, defining your future

Christen, Carol.


Advice on how to land the job that's perfect for who you are and who you want to be.

167 pages

Say what? : the weird and mysterious journey of the English language

Gorrell, Gena K. (Gena Kinton), 1946-


Presents the history of the modern English language and how previous languages and civilizations influenced its development.

146 pages

Black gold : the story of oil in our lives

Marrin, Albert.


A history of the slick and foul-smelling substance that drives our existence and that becomes scarcer as our dependence on it grows.

181 pages

Elephant talk : the surprising science of elephant communication

Downer, Ann.

TEEN 599.6741 DOWNER

Presents an introduction to elephants, describing their different types, habitat, herd behavior, how they communicate using sound, touch, and bodily movement, and the dangers they face from illegal poaching.

112 pages

An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

Murphy, Jim, 1947-


Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this Newbery Honor-winning book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics.

165 pages

Sugar changed the world : a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science

Aronson, Marc.


The book describes this history in terms of ages, beginning with the Age of Honey, built on local growth and consumption of comestibles; through the Age of Sugar and its slave-supported "factory" plantation method of production; and into a period of science and freedom, when enslaved workers claimed their human rights and production of sweeteners shifted from the field to the lab.

166 pages

The good, the bad, and the Barbie : a doll's history and her impact on us

Stone, Tanya Lee.

TEEN 688.7221 STONE

During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love and some people love to hate. There's no question she's influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa).

130 pages

Legends, icons & rebels : music that changed the world

Robertson, Robbie, author.


A tribute to more than two dozen legendary music artists who significantly influenced the landscape of music for generations to come, from Ray Charles and Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash.

119 pages

Let me play : the story of Title IX : the law that changed the future of girls in America

Blumenthal, Karen.


Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you shouldn't play team sports, or go to college. But, in 1972, Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports and classes. But that change did not come without a fight.

152 pages

A passion for victory : the story of the Olympics in ancient and early modern times

Bobrick, Benson, 1947-


The captivating story of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece, leading up to our modern day Olympics.

143 pages

Thrice told tales

Lewis, Catherine.


Can one nursery rhyme explain the secrets of the universe? Well, not exactly--but it can help you understand the difference between bildungsroman, epigram, and epistolary.

136 pages

Terezin : voices from the Holocaust

Thompson, Ruth.


Through inmates' own voices--from secret diary entries and artwork to excerpts from memoirs and recordings narrated after the war--"Terezin" explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.

64 pages

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