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John Prine: In Spite of Himself

by Eddie Huffman

With a range that spans the lyrical, heartfelt songs " Angel from Montgomery," " Sam Stone," and " Paradise" to the classic country music parody " You Never Even Called Me by My Name," John Prine is a songwriter's...


Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseball

by Howard Bryant

“With the LEGENDS series, Howard Bryant brings to life the best that sports has to offer—the heroes, the bitter rivalries, the moments that every sports-loving kid should know.”—Mike Lupica, #1 bestselling...


Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue

by Susan Casey

A commemoration of the brave yet largely forgotten women who served in America’s War of Independence

 

Every schoolchild knows about Paul Revere’s 20-mile ride to warn that the British were coming. Far...


The Great Houdini: World Famous Magician & Escape Artist

by Monica Kulling & Anne Reas

Harry Houdini was a great escape artist, but perhaps his greatest trick was becoming the famous magician that we have come to know. As a child, Houdini worked hard--and even quit school--to help support his...


Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul

by Stuart Cosgrove

The Epic Story of Motown and Detroit's Independent Soul Music Scene It's January 1967-and one of the worst snowstorms in decades is blanketing Detroit, Michigan. Berry Gordy, owner of Motown Records, is trapped...


Who Was Jesus?

by Ellen Morgan, Stephen Marchesi & Nancy Harrison

This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus...


Who Was Galileo?

by Patricia Brennan Demuth, John O'Brien & Nancy Harrison

Like Michelangelo, Galileo is another Renaissance great known just by his first name--a name that is synonymous with scientific achievement. Born in Pisa, Italy, in the sixteenth century, Galileo contributed...


Who Was Robert Ripley?

by Kirsten Anderson, Tim Foley & Nancy Harrison

Enter a world of shrunken heads, mystic holy men, shriveled aliens, and bizarre relics in the delightfully odd tale of Robert Ripley. Born in California, Ripley began his career as a sports cartoonist. He went...


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer & Anna Hymas

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village...


Who Is Wayne Gretzky?

by Gail Herman, Nancy Harrison & Ted Hammond

After breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, it's no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as "The Great One." Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport,...


Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art

by Brandon LaBelle

Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure,...


The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher

by Sean Jensen

For more than a decade, Brian Urlacher was the face of the Chicago Bears one of the NFL's most storied franchises. An eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, Urlacher established himself as one of the league...


A Walk In My Stilettos: How To Get Through The Struggle With Grace

by Makini Smith

As human beings, we look to outside sources to validate our own thoughts and experiences. This general notion is called "social proof." When we see that others have been through similar experiences and have...


Charles Mackerras

by Nigel Simeone & John Tyrrell

By the time of his death in 2010 at the age of 84, Sir Charles Mackerras had achieved widespread recognition, recorded extensively and developed into a conductor of major international significance. In addition...


To Life

by Ruth Minsky Sender

"WE ARE FREE!"

When Russian soldiers liberate Grafenort, the Nazi labor camp where she is a prisoner, nineteen-year-old Riva discovers that liberation doesn't mean the end of her hardship and suffering.

Cold...


Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery

by Winifred Conkling

The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history.

In 1848, thirteen-year-old...


The Poet Slave of Cuba

by Margarita Engle & Sean Qualls

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman...


Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March

by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock & Susan Buckley

A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes

As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can...


Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas

by Meghan Mccarthy

He could tear phone books in half, bend iron bars into giant Us, and pull a 145,000-pound train with his bare hands. But Charles Atlas wasn't always one of America's most famous strong men. Once upon a time,...


Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he...