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      Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

      by Rick Bowers

      Apr 2010

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      In the 1950s and 1960s, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission compiled secret files on more than 87,000 private citizens in the most extensive state spying program in U.S. history. Its mission: to save segregation. Reproductions of selected documents. Bibliography. Quote sources. Index. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

      by Jill Rubalcaba

      Mar 2010

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      When did language begin? How did early humans populate the globe? By looking closely at four of the most significant hominins ever discovered, the authors explain how Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman have influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae. Further reading. Time line. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Map. Full-color photographs.

      Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy

      by Leonard S. Marcus

      Feb 2010

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      "You never love a book the way you love a book when you're ten," Daniel Handler says. The thirteen interviews that compose this collection are full of such insights from the authors of humorous books for young readers, including Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Christopher Paul Curtis, and others. Lists of authors' works. Index. Black-and-white photographs and manuscript pages.

      Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary

      by Elizabeth Partridge

      Jan 2010

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      The voting-rights protests in Selma, Alabama, which culminated in a march to Montgomery, relied heavily on the participation of people too young to vote. "Since they weren't the breadwinners, teens and children could afford to go to jail repeatedly without jeopardizing the family's income." Author's note. Bibliography. Further reading. Index. Black-and-white photographs. Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Winner of the 2010 Jane Addams Children's Book Award. A 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book.

      Albert Einstein: Giants of Science

      by Kathleen Krull

      Dec 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      "Was he a scientist? Not in the ordinary sense of the word. . . . What he excelled at was thinking-on hikes, while playing the violin, even at the dinner table." This biography shows that the thinker was also a complex and fascinating person. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

      by Charles C. Mann

      Nov 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      This compelling and convincing study of Native American societies is adapted for younger readers from Charles C. Mann's best-selling 1491. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, the book argues that the people of North and South America lived in enormous cities, raised pyramids hundreds of years before the Egyptians did, engineered corn, and farmed the rainforests. Introduction. Glossary. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

      by Candace Fleming

      Oct 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      "There's a sucker born every minute" is frequently attributed to P. T. Barnum but was actually stated by a competitor amazed at how many people fell for Barnum's "humbugs." From his American Museum and exhibits, including the Living Skeleton and Tom Thumb, to his famous three-ring circus, Barnum certainly was America's greatest showman. Bibliography. Web sites. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white archival prints, photographs, and decorations. A 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book.

      Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

      by Sy Montgomery

      Sep 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      "People call it 'the ghost of the mountain.' A pale, spotted, almost cloudlike coat makes the snow leopard uncannily invisible in its rocky mountain habitat. People live their entire life among snow leopards and never see one." Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop accompany conservationist Tom McCarthy and his team as they travel to Mongolia's Altai Mountains to gather data about snow leopard populations in an attempt to save this endangered species. Notes from the author and the photographer. Index. Full-color photographs.

      The Word Snoop

      by Ursula Dubosarsky

      Aug 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      For years, the Word Snoop has been "listening to, speaking, reading, writing, and yes-snooping on words." Now she is ready to share with readers what she has learned. Beginning with alphabets and the origins of English, and ending with Internet slang, the Word Snoop explores what makes English so quirky and so rich. Coded message. Time line. Glossary. Answer key. Spot art. Two-color printing.

      Under Siege!: Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg

      by Andrea Warren

      Jul 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      Union success in the Civil War depended on controlling the fortress of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Unable to take the town by storm, forces under General Ulysses S. Grant staged a brutal forty-seven-day siege and artillery barrage. This detailed account draws from the true stories of three child participants as it examines events in the days leading up to, during, and after the siege. Introduction. Afterword. Suggestions for additional information. Selected bibliography. Endnotes. Acknowledgements. Photo credits. Index. Black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps.

      Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering

      by Martin W. Sandler

      Jun 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      A nearly insurmountable challenge faced inventor Alfred Beach in 1869. He wanted to build America's first air-powered railway underneath New York City, but Boss Tweed, powerful politician and notorious crook, stood opposed. Working under the cover of night, Beach and his crew carved a three-hundred-foot tunnel beneath an unassuming department store. It wasn't long before Beach's secret project was discovered and the public began to rave about its potential. But no further tunnels were ever built, and it was many years before New York began construction on another subway. What happened to Beach's railway, and where is it now? Black-and-white illustrations.

      Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

      by Deborah Ellis

      May 2009

      Nonfiction Middle

      Out of stock
      This book features nineteen interviews with Iraqi children between the ages of eight and nineteen, all of whom fled Iraq because of the Iraq War. At the time of the interviews, they were all living in Jordan. The children describe their experiences, their hopes, and their feelings about the United States. Michael, age twelve, says, "I have nothing in common with American children, except if there is maybe an American child whose father has died, whose house is destroyed. . . . Then he and I would have something to talk about." Introduction. Glossary. Further reading. Black-and-white photographs.
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