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Written in bone : buried lives of Jamestown and colonial Maryland

Walker, Sally M.

J 614.17 WALKER

This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s.

144 pages


Fatal fever : tracking down Typhoid Mary

Jarrow, Gail.

J 614.5112 JARROW

Chronicles the story of the early 1900s typhoid fever epidemic in New York, providing details as to how its infamous carrier was ultimately tracked down and stopped.

175 pages


Invincible microbe : tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure

Murphy, Jim, 1947-

J 616.995 MURPHY

This is the compelling, suspenseful, down-to-earth story of a killer that has been stalking and doing away with people for thousands of years: Tuberculosis. The "biography" of this deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time, and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent among the poor are woven together in an engrossing narrative supported by 70-plus archival prints and photographs.

149 pages


Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

Stone, Tanya Lee.

J 629.45 STONE

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.

133 pages


Face book

Close, Chuck, 1940-

J 759.13 CLOSE

Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section that demonstrates his techniques and images.

55 pages


Raggin', jazzin', rockin' : a history of American musical instrument makers

VanHecke, Susan.

J 784.1909 VANHECK

Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman imagined inventing the electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world.

136 pages


Wheels of change : how women rode the bicycle to freedom (with a few flat tires along the way)

Macy, Sue.

J 796.6082 MACY

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.

96 pages


Charles Dickens and the street children of London

Warren, Andrea.

J 823.8 WARREN

Warren takes you on a journey into the workhouses, slums, factories, and schools of Victorian England, and into the world of Dickens. She shows now he used his pen to do battle on behalf of the poor, becoming one of the great reformers of his or any age.

156 pages


How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous

Bragg, Georgia.


A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.

184 pages


Unraveling freedom : the battle for democracy on the home front during World War I

Bausum, Ann.

J 940.373 BAUSUM

In 1915, the United States experienced the 9/11 of its time. A German torpedo sank the Lusitania killing nearly 2,000 innocent passengers. The ensuing hysteria helped draw the United States into World War I--the bitter, brutal conflict that became known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars. But as U.S. troops fought to make the world safe for democracy abroad, our own government eroded freedoms at home, especially for German-Americans. Free speech was no longer an operating principle of American democracy. Where do Americans draw the line of justice in times of war?

88 pages


Imprisoned : the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Sandler, Martin W.

J 940.5317 SANDLER

Drawing from interviews and oral histories, chronicles the history of Japanese American survivors of internment camps.

176 pages


Blizzard of glass : the Halifax explosion of 1917

Walker, Sally M.

J 971.6225 WALKER

Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbor and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.

145 pages


Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

Nelson, Kadir.

J 973.0496 NELSON

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

108 pages


The impossible rescue : the true story of an amazing arctic adventure

Sandler, Martin W.

J 979.803 SANDLER

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them.

163 pages


The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum

Fleming, Candace.


Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.

151 pages


Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-


Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

133 pages


Amelia lost : the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Fleming, Candace.


Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.

118 pages


The amazing Harry Kellar : great American magician

Jarrow, Gail.


With a flair for entertaining and a knack for self-promotion, Harry Kellar always promised a spectacular show. And he never disappointed. Kellar read minds, floated women in the air, and escaped from knotted ropes in seconds. Known throughout the world, he was a conjurer extraordinaire! Author Gail Jarrow shines the spotlight on this nearly forgotten magical wizard and his dazzling illusions. Working with experts and relying on Kellar's own words and promotional posters, she reveals a man who is still celebrated and respected by magicians today.

96 pages


Can I see your I.D.? : true stories of false identities

Barton, Chris.


True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: From the impoverished young woman who enchanted nineteenth-century British society as a faux Asian princess, to the sixteen-year-old boy who "stole" a subway train in 1993, to the lonely but clever Frank Abagnale of Catch Me if You Canfame, these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades.

121 pages


Soul searching : a girl's guide to finding herself

Stillman, Sarah, 1984-


Girl Power lives! Written when the author was sixteen and updated to address the concerns of today's teens, Soul Searching brings girl power to the printed page by offering young women a clear path to self-discovery and empowerment. Through fun quizzes, insightful exercises, and provocative statistics, Sarah Stillman guides young women through the complex maze between adolescence and adulthood. While fashion magazines, television programs, and websites emphasize the superficial and foster insecurities, Stillman directs teen girls to a healthy place where a strong sense of self and direction take center stage. With updated sections on safe cell-phone use, social media, cyber bullying, health, and gender, as well as updated resources throughout, Soul Searching is a must-read for teenage girls.

162 pages


Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out

Kuklin, Susan, author.


Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

182 pages


Stonewall : breaking out in the fight for gay rights

Bausum, Ann, author.


A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

120 pages


Denied, detained, deported : stories from the dark side of American immigration

Bausum, Ann.


An award-winning author examines the history of American immigration--a critical topic in 21st century America--particularly those lesser-known stories of immigrants who were denied entrance into the States or detained for security reasons.

111 pages


What color is your parachute? for teens : discovering yourself, defining your future

Christen, Carol.


Advice on how to land the job that's perfect for who you are and who you want to be.

167 pages


Say what? : the weird and mysterious journey of the English language

Gorrell, Gena K. (Gena Kinton), 1946-


Presents the history of the modern English language and how previous languages and civilizations influenced its development.

146 pages


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