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  1. 2.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler. Written by two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the young reader’s edition of I Am Malala. It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order—and left a few notes specifically for Hitler’s men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said goodbye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. This compelling, brilliantly researched account includes the remarkable discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world—eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history. The Plot to Kill Hitler provides fascinating insights into what makes someone stand up for what’s right when no one else is standing with you. It is a question that every generation must answer again and again.

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    The Plot to Kill Hitler  by Patricia McCormick

    The Plot to Kill Hitler

    2.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.4 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Devastating surprise attacks, epic victories, unstoppable armies, and tough-as-nails men and women from the greatest war in human history. From massive aerial battles that clouded the skies with planes to deathly secret operations deep behind enemy lines, the events of World War II are some of the most awe-inspiring of all time. Discover legendary commanders, tremendous fights, elite soldiers, and courageous individuals whose deeds truly made the difference in this jaw-dropping guide to the biggest war the world has ever seen. History buff and popular blogger Ben Thompson’s extensive research and irresistible storytelling puts listeners right in the middle of the action in this third book in the unforgettable Guts & Glory series!

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  3. 7.9 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged

    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 seven thousand page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicans claiming to represent their interests. A provocative audiobook that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children’s nonfiction.

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    Most Dangerous

    7.9 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.0 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation’s #1 hit: “Don’t Fence Me In.” Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family’s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention … and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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    Farewell to Manzanar

    5.0 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    On the 16th of December, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, making one last attempt to turn the tide of World War II. Thus began the long, hard slog of a battle that was nicknamed by the media as the Battle of the Bulge. Lasting more than a month, it led to tens of thousands of casualties. Sir Winston Churchill called it “the greatest American battle of the war and…an ever-famous American victory.” Atkinson skillfully guides his audience through the attacks and counterattacks, the advances and retreats of this terrible bloodbath. Whether history buffs or newcomers to the topic, listeners of all ages will appreciate the author’s clear and accessible prose, as well as the many fascinating facts and statistics.

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    The Battle of the Bulge

    3.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.5 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    A hilarious, accessible, and most importantly, educational collection of unbelievable but true events and heroes of Viking history and legend From axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe, to Viking queens ruling with an iron fist, to some of the earliest poets and founders of modern-day countries, Western European history is filled with fearless figures and incredible events. This invigorating overview of Viking history for kids uses colorful facts to entertain listeners with unlikely but totally true stories of the most feared—and misunderstood—figures in European history.

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  7. 4.0 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    By early 1945, the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi. It is there that all three would meet their end, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history. Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the twentieth century—a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller, Killing Patton, and this book will have young readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.

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    Hitler’s Last Days

    4.0 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.8 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.

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    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

    4.8 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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    8.5 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    An astounding memoir about a Jewish teenager forced to become a German soldier As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauch helped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Nazis behind false walls in their top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of the country. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazi rule. Then came the day he was shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as part of the German infantry—in spite of his having confessed his own Jewish ancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a young man thrust unwillingly into an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckled determination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid starvation and exposure during the brutal Russian winter, survive more than one Soviet labor camp, and travel hundreds of miles to find his way back home.

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    Unlikely Warrior by Georg Rauch

    Unlikely Warrior

    Translated by Phyllis Rauch
    Read by Robert Fass
    8.5 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.0 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    From the author of the acclaimed Glory Be comes a novel that celebrates baseball, fast piano, and small town living in the wake of the Vietnam War. When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he’s left behind the only life he’s ever known. Now he’s got to live with Uncle Chester, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole’s Boarding House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister’s dance hall calls to Theo. He can’t wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives, things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town’s connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its name. Acclaimed author Augusta Scattergood has delivered a straight-to-the-heart story with unforgettable characters, humor, and hard questions about loss, family, and belonging.

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    The Way to Stay in Destiny

    4.0 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.1 hrs • 11/11/2014 • Unabridged

    The #1 New York Times bestseller that is the basis for a major motion picture has now been adapted by the author for young adults. On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of World War II. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, and brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will. In this captivating new young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man’s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome. This gripping narrative will introduce a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics.

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    Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation)

    8.1 hrs • 11/11/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.4 hrs • 9/2/2014 • Unabridged

    Set in 1981 Guatemala, this lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war. Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet—he’s still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’ abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

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    Caminar

    2.4 hrs • 9/2/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.7 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times bestselling The Guns at Last Light, D-Day captures the events and the spirit of that day—June 6, 1944—that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. They came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. Atkinson skillfully guides his younger audience through the events leading up to, and of, the momentous day. Perfect for history buffs and newcomers to the topic alike!

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    D-Day

    3.7 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 3.8 hrs • 1/21/2014 • Unabridged

    An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than three hundred sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.  This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America’s armed forces during World War II and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

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    The Port Chicago 50

    3.8 hrs • 1/21/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.2 hrs • 5/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Thomas B. Allen’s expertise in military history and strategy is combined with Roger MacBride Allen’s knowledge of technology to reveal a lesser known yet fascinating side of the sixteenth president of the United States. Their authoritative narrative reveals Lincoln as our nation’s first hands-on commander-in-chief, whose appreciation for the power of technology plays a critical role in the North’s Civil War victory over the less developed South. We meet Lincoln as he exchanges vital telegraph messages with his generals in the field; we witness his inspection of new ship models at the navy yard; we view the president target shooting with the designer of a new kind of rifle; and we follow Lincoln, the man of action, as he leads a daring raid to recapture Norfolk, Virginia. The book’s historic sweep also sets Abraham Lincoln in the context of his military era: we learn about the North’s Anaconda Plan and the South’s counter strategies and how the concept of total war replaced the old Napoleonic way of fighting. Readers will come away with a rich sense of a leader who lived through one of the most exciting ages of technological and social change in America. Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War brings alive a time when the railroad brought soldiers to and from the battlefields, when hot-air balloons were used for surveillance, and when ironclad warships revolutionized naval warfare.

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  16. 2.1 hrs • 12/1/2012 • Unabridged

    History is dramatic—and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. Indians, Cowboys, and Farmers discusses the settling of the area between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains and the conflicting interests of the different groups involved—the Indians, cowboys, farmers, sheepherders, and railroad barons. The authors discuss the effect of the American policy of westward expansion on the Indian population, the rise and fall of the “Cattle Kingdom,” and the importance of cross-country transportation.

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