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'Forgotten Bones. Uncovering a Slave Cemetery' by Lois Miner Huey

"Forgotten Bones. Uncovering a Slave Cemetery" by Lois Miner Huey

Teen Book ★★★★★ I'm always curious about the past and how important it is recognize the impact the past has on the present. This book, "Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery" really piqued my curiosity. I enjoy reading about how these relics from the past are discovered and analyzed. In this case, the cemetery is located near Albany, NY, and discovered during an excavation to lay sewer pipes. The land belonged at one time to a wealthy farmer who ow ...

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'Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad' by M.T. Anderson

"Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad" by M.T. Anderson

Teen Book National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers an account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony.In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More ...

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'Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War' by Steve Sheinkin

"Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War" by Steve Sheinkin

Teen Book From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit. On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of do ...

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'First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race' by Tim Grove

"First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race" by Tim Grove

Teen Book A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had the same goal. The race was on!First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes—the ...

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'This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon' by Nancy Plain

"This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon" by Nancy Plain

Teen Book Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self- ...

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'The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy' by Peggy Caravantes

"The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy" by Peggy Caravantes

Teen Book ★★★★★ Most people recognize Josephine Baker as that dancer in the banana skirt. But Josephine Baker was a far more complex character than can be summarized in one sentence. Starting life in the poorest slums of East St. Louis, Baker went on to gain international fame dancing and singing on stage and eventually on screen. An extravagant dresser with a mercurial temperament, Josephine made friends wherever she went. She gave away her entire for ...

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'Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah' by Laurie Ann Thompson

"Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah" by Laurie Ann Thompson

Teen Book This picture book biography tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana--nearly 400 miles--with only one leg. With that achievement he forever changed how his country treats people with disabilities, and he shows us all that one person is enough to change the world. ...

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'We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story' by Josh Sundquist

"We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story" by Josh Sundquist

Teen Book ★★★★★ In his autobiography, Josh Sundquist asks each of the girls he "hung out with" since Middle School to see why they never went to the boyfriend/girlfriend stage. His background on each of the girls he liked, as well as his investigation is filled with humor and graphs. This book, for ages 12 and up, is an engaging book that causes one to think differently if you find your own boyfriend/girlfriend relationships aren't working out as you thou ...

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'DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair Braiding Instructions' by Sasha Coefield

"DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair Braiding Instructions" by Sasha Coefield

Teen Book ★★★★★ Braided hairstyles have become very popular in recent years but they can be intimidating to recreate yourself. "DIY Braids" uses photographs and step-by-step instructions to help you create beautiful braided hairstyles that can be very simple or complex. I appreciated that the models used in the book had different hair types. One had straight hair and the other had curly hair. There is also a style that is reminiscent of the braid worn by ...

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'The Boy on the Wooden Box' by Leon Leyson

"The Boy on the Wooden Box" by Leon Leyson

Teen Book ★★★★★ Ten-year-old Leon Leyson’s idyllic days playing on the streets and streetcars of Krakow, Poland quickly changed to a life of fear, degradation, humiliation and a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. Why? He was Jewish. His detailed memoir recounts these horrific days when the Third Reich invaded their town and began their increasingly brutal effort to annihilate every Jew they could locate. Hope came in his father’s fortunate association ...

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'Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life' by James Langlas

"Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life" by James Langlas

Teen Book The inspiration for this book comes from the ancient Korean history of the Hwarang— young student-warriors who worked to strengthen their spirits as well as their fighting skills. Author Jim Langlas, an educator and Taekwondo master, presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character education: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service, ...

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'Choosing a College' by Norah Piehl

"Choosing a College" by Norah Piehl

Teen Book Focusing on topics of special concern to students, this series makes complex issues less intimidating and more accessible; each book presents 10 to 14 readings from a variety of perspectives that allow readers to better understand the topic.; This title introduces some of the factors young people consider as they evaluate their college options. Through articles from a variety of sources, the book provides an overview of practical considerations s ...

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'Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon' by Steve Sheinkin

"Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon" by Steve Sheinkin

Teen Book In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert ...

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'Doomsday Preppers Complete Survival Manual: Expert Tips for Surviving Calamity, Catastrophe, and the End of the World' by Michael Sweeney

"Doomsday Preppers Complete Survival Manual: Expert Tips for Surviving Calamity, Catastrophe, and the End of the World" by Michael Sweeney

Teen Book This custom companion to the blockbuster National Geographic Channel series Doomsday Preppers is filled with how-to illustrations, "Prepper Profiles" of people in the show, and survival tips from preppers themselves. Handy and comprehensive, the manual offers valuable life-saving information to help prepare for the most devastating calamities. Episodes of this highly original show, which debuted in February 2012, explore the lives of ...

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'The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to Groosling - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy' by Emily Ansara Baines

"The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy" by Emily Ansara Baines

Teen Book "Here's some advice. Stay alive." --Haymitch AbernathyWhen it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta's family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain--all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart's desire.For the first tim ...

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'Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom' by Sue Macy

"Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom" by Sue Macy

Teen Book Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence ...

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'How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous' by Georgia Bragg

"How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous" by Georgia Bragg

Teen Book Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state. Doctors "treated" George Washingt ...

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'Start It Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions Into Pay' by Kenrya Rankin Naasel

"Start It Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions Into Pay" by Kenrya Rankin Naasel

Teen Book Do you have a passion you want to turn into pay? Or maybe you are looking for a way to make some extra cash in high school? Start It Up shows teens how to turn their hobbies and talents into full-fledged businesses. Inside you’ll find comprehensive and fun information on how to • know what’s the best business for you,• pull together a company, and• sell your product and let the world know about it! Whether your busine ...

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'Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex' by Bronwen Pardes

"Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex" by Bronwen Pardes

Teen Book An experienced sex educator gets up front and personal in this updated reissue of an informative and candid guide aimed directly at teens.Enjoy responsibly. Sex. Sometimes it feels like everybody's doing it. Maybe you are. Maybe you're thinking about it. Maybe it's years away. Whatever. You need to be ready -- in your head, and down there. You have to know the right stuff in order to do it ...

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