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  1. 3.8 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    “We all have scars only we can own.” When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived—with a face that would never be the same. Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names, and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face define him. He played pranks, got into trouble, had adventures with his big family, and finally found a sport that was perfect for him to play. Then Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life. This life, this funny, moving, and true story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face is perfect for fans of Wonder and shows how what makes us “ugly” also makes us who we are.

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    Ugly

    3.8 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 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

    The Gutsy Girl

    3.5 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.6 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Based on the critically acclaimed 2016 Caldecott and Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

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    Voice of Freedom

    0.6 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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  5. 12.8 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    The much anticipated continuation of the epic fantasy Seeker trilogy—How will Quin stop the darkness and destruction? Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.g Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights. Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, may now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does. But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to destroy them all. The past is close. And it will destroy them all.

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    Traveler

    12.8 hrs • 1/12/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.9 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    The final book in Gail Carriger’s steampunk YA adventure series about a finishing school for young spies. When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London … but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

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  7. 1.6 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Twenty-five years after its original publication, Do I Have to Say Hello?: Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups is back, and do we and our kids all need it. In a series of light-hearted multiple choice quizzes, alternate scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron depicts a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. Covering table manners, car manners, playground manners, school manners, and more, this is a book that is sure to delight (and horrify) adults and children of all ages. Aunt Delia knows what makes the difference between a pleasant and an excruciating visit to a friend’s house in the company of a young child. She knows the proper order in which the following actions take place: (a) throw up; (b) get out of the car; (c) ask Uncle Jerry to pull over. In short, she is practical and basic: she does not get into fish forks, but she knows what to do with bubble gum. She also deals with such things as kindness, sharing, consideration, generosity, and diplomacy.

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    Do I Have to Say Hello?

    1.6 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.4 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Get Informed! Get Inspired! Get Going! In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs, and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country, and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, access to education, gender equality, epidemics, non-communicable diseases, climate change, and endangered species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.

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    It’s Your World

    9.4 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 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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  10. 7.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an “honorary big sister” to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better. Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, All I Know Now. Part memoir, part advice guide, it will include Carrie’s thoughts on some of the topics she’s asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships, and perhaps the scariest question of all: What does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully…most of the time. *Although she did recently post a video about how to pee in a onesie. So the definition of “adult” is a bit flexible here.

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    All I Know Now

    7.2 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.8 hrs • 8/25/2015 • Unabridged

    The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama. To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer. Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away. As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else. West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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  12. 1.5 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    From Chelsea House’s Junior Drug Awareness series comes a discussion about crack, a highly addictive form of cocaine that started appearing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, giving rise to the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

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    Crack and Cocaine

    1.5 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.5 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers. “What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

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    The Omnivore's Dilemma

    7.5 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.5 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    The journey to self-esteem is set in motion by an encounter with something we all have: a good flaw. And acceptance—just saying yes to the presence of a good flaw—is the way to cross into a world where wholeness, realness, and self-expression can put an end to bullying and combat negativity with positivity. For anyone wanting to prepare for the social and emotional challenges they have to look forward to in school or deal with the insecurities that arise while finding their way in the world, Flawd is an energetic guide for seeing flaws as the doorway to something more. With dynamic advice from teens and celebrities around the world, Flawd is a perfect manifesto for readers looking to stop hate in the world.

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    Flawd

    By Emily-Anne Rigal, with Jeanne Demers
    2.5 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 3.3 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    What happens when a person’s reputation has been forever damaged? With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Campbell Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary’s controversial life. How she was treated by medical and legal officials reveals a lesser-known story of human and constitutional rights, entangled with the science of pathology and enduring questions about who Mary Mallon really was. How did her name become synonymous with deadly disease? And who is really responsible for the lasting legacy of Typhoid Mary? This thorough exploration includes an author’s note, timeline, annotated source notes, and bibliography.

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    Terrible Typhoid Mary

    3.3 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 1.5 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    This book informs about the effects of alcohol—critical information considering more than 20 percent of kids ages 12–17 currently use alcohol, according to the 1997 National Survey on Drug Abuse.

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    Alcohol

    1.5 hrs • 7/23/15 • Unabridged
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