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Hatchet by Gary PaulsenAfter a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul CurtisCelebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America's history. This special edition makes a perfect gift and includes bonus content! Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent." When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they'll be in Birmingham during one of the darkest moments in America's history. "Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963." --NPR "One of the best novels EVER." --Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The Danger Box by Blue BalliettA boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing. A mischievous girl who doesn't belong. A mysterious notebook. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box, the new mystery from best-selling author Blue Balliett.
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer ArmstrongShipwreck at the Bottom of the Worldvividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship,Endurance, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, afterEndurancesank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months afterEndurancefirst became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men. Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.
Publication Date: 1998-11-17
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville; Jane Yolen (Editor); Gary A. Lippincott (Illustrator)Sixth-grader Jeremy Thatcher discovers a strange magic shop he has never seen before. He enters, and his life is changed forever. Buying what he thinks is a marble, he discovers he has really purchased a dragon's egg.
Publication Date: 1991-04-15
Brand New NonFiction
You're Addicted to Your Phone by Taylor MorrisWant to see a teen freak out? Take their phone away. Phones seem to be as important as oxygen, but sometimes those little portals to the online world interfere with real life. This fun and informative guide will help painlessly wean teens off constant phone use by offering scale-back tactics, sharing what others have done that works, and explaining the physical and emotional repercussions of overuse so that teens don't have to miss out on anything IRL.
Publication Date: 2019-07-15
Penguins by Derek HastingsPENGUINS are among the best-known and most easily recognized of all birds; they are also among the most beloved. The appeal of the penguin is easy to understand. These large, awkward birds waddle along comically with an air of bustling importance. They are extremely tame and curious around humans. And because they walk upright, have flippers instead of wings, and resemble someone wearing formal attire, they remind us irresistibly of ourselves. Penguins are full of surprises. Their noisy, elaborate courtship rituals take weeks to complete and lead to strong pair bonds that sometimes last a lifetime. Males and females share equally in the incubating of their eggs and rearing of their young. They can swim at speeds up to 7 miles (12 kilometers) per hour, and although they may at first appear awkward on land, they can waddle along as fast as a human going at a brisk pace. Illuminating in both words and remarkable pictures, PENGUINS is just one title in the acclaimed Creatures of the Ocean series. For those who want to delve into the amazing and sometimes mysterious world of ocean life, these books are a wonderful resource filled with scientific fact and beautiful photography.
Publication Date: 2019-01-01
Investigating Atlantis and Other Lost Cities by Philip WolnyFor millennia, tales of lost civilizations have captivated humanity, and foremost among them is the legend of Atlantis. In this guide to Atlantis and other lost lands, readers will learn to sort through fact and fiction, learning about the historical origins of lost-city legends, the lessons they teach us, archaeological digs for the truth, and, perhaps closest to home, their place in popular culture. the main focus is on the tale of Atlantis, with sidebars that highlight similarly "lost" mythical societies. For fans of the paranormal or seekers of the truth, this is the definitive book to read.
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Tracking UFOs by Jenna Vale; Janet StirlingUnidentified flying objects could be so many things, from military aircraft, to tricks of the light, to weather phenomena. But what we really want to know is: are they spaceships carrying visitors from other planets? For hundreds of years, people have been trying to make sense of UFO sightings. Within these pages, readers will discover famous accounts of sightings as well as rational explanations. They'll discover the high-profile figures involved in discussions of alien life and also what it takes to identify a hoax. Tips on what to do when encountering a supposed UFO, and representations of UFOs and aliens in pop culture round out this mysterious and occasionally unsettling text.
Publication Date: 2018-12-15
What You Post Lasts Forever by Alexis BurlingFor many teens, being 100 percent candid on social media and posting revealing photographs from last night's party is not only a blast, it's the norm. But what if their grandmother saw the posts? Even worse, what if a future boss or a college admissions recruiter did? Not cool. In this book, readers will learn why it's important to act responsibly when shaping their digital footprint. A breakdown of profile dos and don'ts and practical tips on how to manage their day-to-day social media presence make the information relevant. Fun quizzes, discussion prompts, and an engaging text keep the learning experience fun.
Publication Date: 2019-07-15
Hopping Ahead of Climate Change by Sneed B. CollardA snowshoe hare nibbles on spruce and fir buds high in a Rocky Mountain forest. The hare isn't overly worried about predators because its white fur blends in perfectly with snow. There's only one problem. This year, there isn't any snow. As the hare forages, a great horned owl notices. The result? A disaster for the hare--one that is happening more and more frequently across its range. Hopping Ahead of Climate Change describes one of the most intriguing and important studies of our time--the work of biologist Scott Mills, who is trying to answer the critical question: Can animals that change their coat colors with the seasons survive shorter winters caused by climate change? Working with an international team of colleagues and students, Professor Mills has been conducting a range of studies that explore the impacts of a hotter world on animals. In Hopping Ahead of Climate Change, readers learn how Professor Mills studies snowshoe hares, which questions he seeks to answer, and most importantly, what he has discovered. The results are both fascinating and surprising--and have vital implications for the future of our planet.
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
Demonic Possessions in History by Anita CroyPossession by a malevolent spirit sounds like a horrific nightmare or bizarre fiction, but history has certainly shown that it isn't such a far-fetched concept. The fear of these possessions stems from Christianity and other religions. They had treacherous repercussions, such as witch hunts in Europe and the United States, and attempted exorcisms. Murderers even used the guise of demonic possession as an excuse for their crimes. Readers poring through these engrossing, extensive accounts can decide for themselves what may have a ring of truth to it.
Publication Date: 2019-07-15
Buddhism by Mark ThomasToday, Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 576 million followers worldwide. Buddhists follow traditions and spiritual beliefs that were taught by Guatama Buddha, a revered wise man. Guatama Buddha lived in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent more than 2,400 years ago. Although born into a royal family, he became concerned with the problem of suffering in the world and spent years studying a variety of religions and philosophies. Eventually, he was "enlightened," and spent the rest of his life teaching people the path to true happiness. Buddhism soon spread throughout Asia, and today most Buddhists live in countries like China, Thailand, Japan, and Burma. This book describes the origins and history of Buddhism, and sheds light on some of this religion's most important beliefs, practices, and rituals. The Major World Religions series provides information about six of the most important religious faiths practiced around the world. More than 75 percent of the world's population-over 5.2 billion people-observes the tenets of one of these six religions. Each book in the series describes the important beliefs of a particular religion, along with information about its history, practices, and rituals. Book jacket.