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  1. 3.5 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    From a real-life derring-do woman, exhilarating stories, activities, and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure and excitement Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way. In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted—of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, creating a compass, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to “journal” their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration.

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    The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul

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    3.5 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 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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  3. 0.9 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Who Is Hillary Clinton? Readers of our New York Times best-selling series can find out now!At age fourteen, Hillary Clinton thought it would be thrilling to become an astronaut, so she sent an application to NASA. The reply was a flat out rejection: the space program didn’t take women. It was a critical moment for the young girl, one that made her realize the world she lived in needed changing and that she had better try to make those changes happen. Clinton’s life has been a thrilling series of firsts—First Lady of the US, then first First Lady to become a US Senator, Secretary of State, and the first woman to run as the Democratic candidate for President. This easy-to-read biography gives readers a firm grounding not only in Clinton’s life history but the history of the times in which she’s lived. It comes out as she makes her historic run for the White House.

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  4. 1.2 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma. With the support of her family and world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine, she rose to the top of her art form to become America's first prima ballerina.

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  5. 1.0 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, based on her own childhood and later life, are still beloved classics almost a century after she began writing them. Now young readers will see just how similar Laura's true-life story was to her books. Born in 1867 in the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin, Laura experienced both the hardship and the adventure of living on the frontier.

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    Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?

    1.0 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.1 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry’s creator! In 1995, on a four-hour-delayed train from Manchester to London, J.K. Rowling conceived of the idea of a boy wizard named Harry Potter. Upon arriving in London, she began immediately writing the first book in the saga. Rowling’s true-life, rags-to-riches story is as compelling as the world of Hogwarts that she created. This biography details not only Rowling’s life and her love of literature but the story behind the creation of a modern classic.

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  7. 1.0 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Born in Connecticut in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist, author, and playwright. Slavery was a major industry in the American South, and Stowe worked with the Underground Railroad to help escaped slaves head north towards freedom. The publication of her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a scathing anti-slavery novel, fanned the flames that started the Civil War. The book’s emotional portrayal of the impact of slavery captured the nation’s attention. A bestseller in its time, Uncle Tom’s Cabin sealed Harriet Beecher Stowe’s reputations as one of the most influential anti-slavery voices in US history.

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  8. 1.1 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her up bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

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  9. 1.1 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.7 hrs • 2/20/2016 • Unabridged

    World-famous zoologist Dian Fossey is remembered for her inspiring work studying the mountain gorillas of central Africa’s isolated Virunga Mountains. Her tireless devotion to understanding—and actively protecting—these shy and gentle primates introduced them to an admiring public and promoted values of conservation in the African nations they inhabit. In 1966, Dian Fossey left home for Africa to conduct field research on mountain gorillas. It was her second trip to Africa, but it wouldn’t be her last. Ascending through nearly impenetrable mountain jungles, finally she came face-to-face with the majestic creatures she sought. Most people believed gorillas were savage giants, but as Dian’s observations proved, that reputation was undeserved. Dian would remain a close friend to the gorillas until her tragic murder in 1985, presumably at the hands of poachers. Narrator Matthew Greer’s enthralling reading presents an arresting portrait of Dian Fossey—a strong woman whose life was spent championing a remarkable endangered species.

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    Light Shining through the Mist

    0.7 hrs • 2/20/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.1 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.5 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    An inspiring and meticulously researched middle grade biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and Democratic candidate for president in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a true leader. Growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, Hillary was inspired by the philosophy of John Wesley, who urged his followers to “do all the good you can.” Rising to prominence in 1992 as the First Lady of the United States, Hillary captured the world’s attention with her bold ideas and political forcefulness. From her time at Wellesley to her life at the White House and beyond, Hillary has been at the forefront of huge change—and despite setbacks and political scandals, she has worked for good in the world. Acclaimed author Cynthia Levinson creates a compelling and personal portrait of Hillary’s historic journey from her childhood to her service as secretary of state and beyond.

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    5.5 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.9 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Clara pushed herself to work faster. She had to get the wounded soldiers onto the train before the Confederates came over the hill. A messenger galloped up just as the last man was loaded aboard. “You have to go now!” he shouted. “The enemy is breaking over the hills. If the train is stopped, you will have to escape across country!” Known during the Civil War as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” remarkable Clara Barton risked everything to save countless lives on the frontlines of battle. Once a painfully timid child, Clara was as bold as a lion when it came to helping others, whether wayward schoolboys, natural-disaster victims, or dying soldiers. Clara fought for US approval of the Geneva treaty for the care of war wounded, organized the American Red Cross, and tirelessly dedicated her life to its service. Her courage and compassion impacted thousands of people around the globe—black and white, Christian and Muslim, Spanish and American, Confederate and Union.

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  14. 5.1 hrs • 9/8/2015 • Unabridged

    An engaging memoir by Abbey Curran, former Miss Iowa USA, about living with cerebral palsy, competing in Miss USA, and starting her own pageant for young women with disabilities Abbey Curran lives by the motto “If you can dream it, you can do it.” She was born with cerebral palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. After earning the title of Miss Iowa, she went on to compete in Miss USA. Growing up on a hog farm in Illinois, Abbey competed in local pageants despite naysayers who told her not to. After realizing her own dream, she went on to help other disabled girls achieve their goals by starting Miss You Can Do It, a national nonprofit pageant for girls and women with challenges and special needs. In this uplifting memoir, Abbey tells a story of overcoming the odds, fulfilling her life’s goals, and finding in herself the courage to compete, even as she continues to inspire the same spirit in others.

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    The Courage to Compete

    By Abbey Curran, with Elizabeth Kaye
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    5.1 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.5 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Through her pranks, sketches, and videos about everyday life, Jenn has become a mouthpiece for millennials and one of YouTube’s fastest rising stars. Jenn McAllister, better known as JennxPenn, has been obsessed with making videos since she found her parents video camera at the age of eight. A shy child, Jenn turned to film because, unlike with life, you can always have a do-over. Really Professional Internet Person offers both an insider’s guide to building a successful YouTube channel and an intimate portrait of the surreality of insta-fame and the harsh reality of high school. Brimming with honesty, heart, and Jenn’s patented sense of humor, Really Professional Internet Person features top-ten lists, photos, screenshots, social media posts, and never-before-posted stories chronicling Jenn’s journey from an anxious middle-schooler just trying to fit in to a YouTube sensation unafraid to stand out.

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    Really Professional Internet Person

    5.5 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.1 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The Pura Belpré Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America’s most influential Hispanics—Maria on Sesame Street—delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1970s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy Award–winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving—and troubled. This is Sonia’s own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But—click!—when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real life—the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia’s dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

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    Becoming Maria

    8.1 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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