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  1. The Mermaid of Black Conch Audiobook The Mermaid of Black Conch
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  3. A Wedding in the Country: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction Audiobook A Wedding in the Country: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction
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  4. The City of Tears Audiobook The City of Tears
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  5. Jews Don’t Count Audiobook Jews Don’t Count
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  6. The Betrayals Audiobook The Betrayals
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  7. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action ( Intl Ed) Audiobook Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action ( Intl Ed)
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  8. The Friendship Formula: Add great friends, subtract enemies and multiply your happiness Audiobook The Friendship Formula: Add great friends, subtract enemies and multiply your happiness
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Ground Zero Audiobook

Ground Zero

Author: Alan Gratz Narrator: Ariana Delawari, Bernardo De Paula Release Date: February 2021

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive -- and escape? September 11, 2020, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz -- and put herself and her family in mortal danger? Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

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Who Was Walt Whitman? Audiobook

Who Was Walt Whitman?

Author: Kirsten Anderson Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Release Date: February 2021

How did a New York printer become one of the most influential poets of all time? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! Walt Whitman was a printer, journalist, editor, and schoolteacher. But today, he's recognized as one of America's founding poets, a man who changed American literature forever. Throughout his life, Walt journeyed everywhere, from New York to New Orleans, Washington D.C. to Denver, taking in all that America had to offer. With the Civil War approaching, he saw a nation deeply divided, but he also understood the power of words to inspire unity. So in 1855, Walt published a short collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, a book about the America he saw and believed in. Though hated and misunderstood by many at the time, Walt's writing introduced an entirely new writing style: one that broke forms, and celebrated the common man, human body, and the diversity of America. Generations later, readers can still find themselves in Whitman's words, and recognize the America he depicts. Who Was Walt Whitman? follows his remarkable journey from a young New York printer to one of America's most beloved literary figures.

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Who Was Catherine the Great? Audiobook

Who Was Catherine the Great?

Author: Meg Belviso, Pam Pollack Narrator: Carlotta Brentan Release Date: February 2021

Learn how a Prussian princess grew up to be Russia's longest-ruling female leader! Born in 1729, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbs was never supposed to come to power. But at age sixteen, she married the heir to the Russian throne. By 1762, Sophie, known now as Catherine, overthrew her immature and incompetent husband, Peter III, to lead the nation. Catherine became the sole ruler of Russia. This exciting Who Was? title explores how Catherine was able to turn Russia into one of the great powers of Europe by expanding its borders, helping improve its educational system, and advocating for the arts. Her three-decade reign is considered the Golden Age of Russia, and she is called Catherine the Great.

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The Hatmakers Audiobook

The Hatmakers

Author: Tamzin Merchant Narrator: Tamzin Merchant Release Date: February 2021

Brought to you by Puffin. The first adventure in a spellbinding new magical world. 'Wildly inventive . . . full of laugh-out-loud humour, enchanting magic and rebellious hope. I loved it' Catherine Doyle Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain. When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war. It's up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . . 'An utterly charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart' Anna James © Tamzin Merchant 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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She Persisted: Claudette Colvin Audiobook

She Persisted: Claudette Colvin

Author: Chelsea Clinton, Lesa Cline-Ransome Narrator: Janina Edwards Release Date: February 2021

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up--or in her case, sitting down--for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice. In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Praise for She Persisted: Claudette Colvin: 'Cline-Ransome brings the teen activist to life with great compassion and impressive brevity . . . A noteworthy start for chapter-book readers wishing to read more about young leaders of the movement.' --Kirkus Reviews 'Cline-Ransome's narrative provides a knowledgeable, interesting introduction to an ­important player in the civil rights movement.' --School Library Journal

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We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance Audiobook

We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Narrator: Rosie Jones Release Date: February 2021

As World War II raged, millions of young Jewish people were caught up in the horrors of the Nazis' Final Solution. Many readers know of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi state's genocidal campaign against European Jews and others of so-called "inferior" races. Yet so many of the individual stories remain buried in time. Of those who endured the Holocaust, some were caught by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps, some hid right under Hitler's nose, some were separated from their parents, some chose to fight back. Against all odds, some survived. They all have stories that must be told. They all have stories we must keep safe in our collective memory. In this thoroughly researched and passionately written narrative nonfiction for upper middle-grade readers, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson allows the voices of Holocaust survivors to live on the page, recalling their persecution, survival, and resistance. Focusing on testimonies from across Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland, Hopkinson paints a moving and diverse portrait of the Jewish youth experience in Europe under the shadow of the Third Reich. With archival images and myriad interviews, this compelling and beautifully told addition to Holocaust history not only honors the courage of the victims, but calls young readers to action -- by reminding them that heroism begins with the ordinary, everyday feat of showing compassion toward our fellow citizens.

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Journey to Jo’Burg Audiobook

Journey to Jo’Burg

Author: Beverley Naidoo Narrator: C. M. Smith Release Date: February 2021

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white “Madam’s” house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face – that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. This edition of Beverley Naidoo’s classic story includes a special “Why You’ll Love This Book” introduction by Michael Rosen, former Children’s Laureate.

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A Place to Belong Audiobook

A Place to Belong

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon Narrator: Christina Moore Release Date: February 2021

Danny and his younger sister, Peg, are placed in St. Joseph, Missouri, with kind Alfrid and Olga Swenson. Danny is thrilled to have a 'real' father again, but when Olga suddenly dies, he is devastated-until he thinks of an ingenious plan to find Alfrid a new wife.

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The Teachers March!: How Selma's Teachers Changed History Audiobook

The Teachers March!: How Selma's Teachers Changed History

Author: Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace Narrator: Charly Palmer, Corey Allen Release Date: February 2021

Reverend F. D. Reese's favorite subject to teach his students was freedom. But in Selma, Alabama, unfair tests and police officers' swinging billy clubs kept African Americans from voting. Reverend Reese knew something had to change, so he asked his fellow teachers to do something dangerous-something that might lead to beatings and prison time. He asked them to march. The teachers packed what they'd need in jail and began a silent, steady march toward the marble steps of the county courthouse. This gripping exploration of the little-known Teachers' March of 1965 is brought to life through the authors' riveting storytelling and in-depth interviews with Selma foot soldiers. Alongside Charly Palmer's expressive illustrations of the courageous teachers, The Teachers March! offers an inspirational example of activism that was a critical turning point in the civil rights movement

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VIP: Dr. Mae Jemison Audiobook

VIP: Dr. Mae Jemison

Author: Heather Alexander Narrator: Joniece Abbott-Pratt Release Date: January 2021

Soar to the stars with Dr. Mae Jemison in this exciting middle grade nonfiction biography. Perfect for fans of the Who Was and Little Leaders series, the books in the VIP series tell the true—and amazing—stories of some of history's greatest trailblazers. Meet the VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE who changed the world! Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to travel to space. She’s also a medical doctor who once joined the Peace Corps. And a trained dancer, too! Experience all the exciting moments in Dr. Jemison's thrilling life in this exciting biography, packed with two-color illustrations and fun facts, including the secrets of NASA. Short and engaging chapters are interspersed with special lists and other information made to order to engage kids, whether they're already biography fans or 'have to' write a report for school. The special sections in VIP: Dr. Mae Jemison include 'Answers to Some Big Questions Mae Wondered About'; '10 Things Women Couldn’t Do in the 1960s and 1970s'; and 'QUIZ: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Astronaut?' The VIP series features inspiring adventures and fun facts about some of history's greatest trailblazers—smart, tough, persevering innovators who will inspire today's kids. Featuring underappreciated historical figures and groups, with a focus on leaders in science and technology, the nonfiction biographies in the VIP series are fun and engaging. Just looking at the cover will make kids want to learn more about these VIPs, and once they dive in they will zoom through stories that read like adventures. Each book in the VIP series allows your middle grader to experience all the exciting moments in some very important but lesser known lives. These biographies for kids age 9-12 include: VIP: Lewis Latimer: Engineering Wizard; VIP: Mahalia Jackson: Freedom's Voice; and VIP: Lydia Darragh: Unexpected Spy. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History Audiobook

Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History

Author: Bryn Barnard Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: January 2021

"An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe." -The Wall Street Journal   Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world's worst diseases-and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.   Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history.

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The Good War Audiobook

The Good War

Author: Todd Strasser Narrator: Robbie Daymond Release Date: January 2021

From the author of The Wave comes a poignant and timely novel about a group of seventh graders who are brought together-and then torn apart-by an afterschool club that plays a video game based on WW2. There's a new afterschool club at Ironville Middle School. Ms. Peterson is starting a video game club where the students will playing The Good War, a new game based on World War II. They are divided into two teams: Axis and Allies, and they will be simulating a war they know nothing about yet. Only one team will win. But what starts out as friendly competition, takes an unexpected turn for the worst when an one player takes the game too far. Can an afterschool club change the way the students see eachother...and how they see the world? 'By using a gaming lens to explore the students' entrée to prejudice and radicalization, he succeeds in lending immediacy and accessibility to his cautionary tale.'-Kirkus Reviews 

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