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  1. 4.2 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    When Sacagawea’s son asks her about her life, she isn’t sure where to begin. Does she start with her birth as a Shoshoni? Her kidnapping by an enemy tribe at age eleven? Or her role as the famous guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition? She’s seen and experienced more in her young life than most people ever will. Told from Sacagawea’s point of view, this historical novel shares the ordeals of her youth along with the memory of her long, arduous journey west with Lewis and Clark. She shares her love of nature and explains how her loyalties have changed over time.

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    Sacagawea

    4.2 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    A compelling and inspiring survival story about the immigrant experience. This acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy’s journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father’s advice to “treat people…as though they were angels sent from heaven,” and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University.

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    Of Beetles and Angels

    3.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.4 hrs • 2/4/2016 • Unabridged

    Picture a Crow Indian elder, his wizened eyes catching yours in the ancient flicker of firelight. His mesmerizing stories span the ages, from Custer to World War II to the twenty-first century. He is the last traditional chief of his people. He is over ninety years old. Now picture that same man lecturing at colleges nationwide, and addressing the United Nations on the subject of peace. National Geographic presents the amazing life story of Joseph Medicine Crow, the man who begins life as Winter Man. Trained as a warrior by his grandfather, Yellowtail, he bathes in icy rivers and endures the ceremony of “counting coup”—facing fierce combat with an enemy Sioux boy. An operation at the local hospital brings the young Crow face-to-face with his worst fears: a Sioux, a ghost, and a white man. He excels at the white man’s school and is raised in the Baptist faith. He translates the stories of the elder chiefs, becoming the link to the ancient traditions of the pre-reservation generation. His own dramatic and funny stories span both ages, and the ancient Crow legends are passed on in the storytelling tradition. Joseph Medicine Crow’s doctorate degree was interrupted by the call to arms of World War II. On the battlefields of Germany he earned the ancient status of war chief by completing the four war deeds required of the Crow warrior. In 1948 the Crow Tribal Council appointed Joseph Medicine Crow (now called High Bird) their tribal historian and anthropologist. Counting Coup is a vibrant adventure narrative, bringing Native American history and culture alive for young readers. Joseph Medicine Crow’s story illuminates the challenges faced by the Crow people as hurricanes of change raged through America. His epic story and its lessons are an essential legacy for us all.

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    Counting Coup

    2.4 hrs • 2/4/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.3 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    From the Chelsea House Galaxy of Superstars series, this biography showcases the life of one of today’s most popular singers. Lauryn Hill began her music career with the hip-hop group the Fugees. In 1998 she launched a solo career with the release of the critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album received five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

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    Lauryn Hill

    1.3 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 1.1 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Matthew Henson’s destiny was set when he met naval officer Robert Edwin Peary in 1887. An African American son of poor farmers, Henson shared Peary’s desire to be the first person to reach the North Pole. In 1909, the men set out on one of their many voyages together. They battled sub-zero temperatures, deadly ice formations, and bone-chilling winds. Many times it was Henson who saved the expedition with his knowledge of Inuit language and culture. But when the men finally achieved their goal, few people believed them. Worse still, because Henson was black, he was seen as nothing more than Peary’s manservant. This exceptional biography from noted author and educator Dolores Johnson tells the full story of Henson’s extraordinary life, from his humble and self-taught beginnings, to his proper recognition as Peary’s equal.

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    Onward

    1.1 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.5 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Negro league baseball players didn’t always get the respect that major leaguers received. And yet many—including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Roy Campanella—quickly became standouts in the major leagues after 1947. Others didn’t get to prove their mettle in the majors at all—or not until long past their prime. Leroy “Satchel” Paige mixed his blazing fastball with twenty-nine other devastating pitches to win forty-two games and strike out 402 batters in 1936. Credited with 175 stolen bases in one year, speedster James “Cool Papa” Bell delighted fans by scoring from first base on a bunt. And powered by steroid-free meals, Josh Gibson hit seventy-five home runs in 1931—with one blast sailing 580 feet and another shattering a seat in Yankee Stadium. New York Times bestselling author Carole Boston Weatherford compiles an enthralling summary of Negro league history that includes fascinating tidbits about prominent pitchers, hitters, utility players, teams, and traditions.

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    A Negro League Scrapbook

    0.5 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 2.2 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton’s first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton’s riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

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    Facing the Lion

    2.2 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.2 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Laban Carrick Hill, the bestselling author of the National Book Award Finalist Harlem Stomp, here delivers an inspiring and lyrical story of a gifted craftsman who lived in South Carolina two centuries ago. Dave’s superb artistry and the deeply observant poetry he carved onto his pots reveal how he transcended the limitations he faced as a slave.

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    Dave the Potter

    0.2 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.3 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    This is a most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles. Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, cocreator of the popular picture book Alvin Ailey, now presents a swinging, vibrant portrait about the jazz composer Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as “Duke.”

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    Duke Ellington

    0.3 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.3 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater when she was just seventeen years old. Her rich voice and vocal innovations brought her fame and a remarkable career than spanned half a century and won her generations of fans around the world. Acclaimed author Andrea Davis Pinkney has told Ella’s inspiring story in the voice of Scat Cat Monroe, a feline fan whose imagined narrative sings with the infectious rhythms of scat.

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    Ella Fitzgerald

    0.3 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 0.2 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Our sixteenth president is known for many things: he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address during the Civil War. He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one of the central figures in the history of the American abolitionist movement. This book offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Abraham Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals and worked alongside each other for a common goal.

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    Lincoln and Douglass

    0.2 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.3 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and of the man who went on to inspire nation.

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    March On!

    0.3 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    This biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way.

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    Martin’s Big Words

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.2 hrs • 2/10/2015 • Unabridged

    Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but the founders weren’t the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to freedom. Mumbet, a Massachusetts slave, believed it too. She longed to be free, but how? Would anyone help her in her fight for freedom? Could she win against her owner, the richest man in town? Mumbet was determined to try.

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    Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

    0.2 hrs • 2/10/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.1 hrs • 6/17/2014 • Unabridged

    On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America, their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful biography centers around the historic fight in which black and white America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation’s ideals.

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    A Nation’s Hope

    0.1 hrs • 6/17/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.7 hrs • 1/14/2014 • Unabridged

    In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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    Josephine

    0.7 hrs • 1/14/14 • Unabridged
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