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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

    The Gutsy Girl

    3.5 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.2 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society—from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts. Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.” This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

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    Quiet Power

    6.2 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
  3. 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
    Read by Abbey Curran
    5.1 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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    By Emily-Anne Rigal, with Jeanne Demers
    2.5 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
  5. 2.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Aija Mayrock, a nineteen-year-old girl, offers a fresh perspective on bullying. In The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen, Aija offers support, guidance, and direction to her readers. Aija was bullied in middle school and part of high school. She shares the different approaches and strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety, and ultimately creating the life that you dream of having. From inspiring “roems” (rap/poems), survival tips, personal anecdotes, and quick quizzes, this book is an easy guide to light the way to a brighter future for teenagers. Aija handles the issue of bullying with great sensitivity and a fresh perspective. She speaks the same language as her peers, making the book very relatable for kids and teens. Click here to purchase the print edition from Scholastic.

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    The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock

    The Survival Guide to Bullying

    2.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    By admiring her finer points and showing that she can take care of herself and have fun even when there’s no one else around, a charming pig proves the best friend you can have is yourself. Children will enjoy this celebration of self esteem.

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    I Like Me!

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
  7. 0.1 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably. Except when he talks to animals … then he is fluent. Follow the life of the man Time magazine calls, “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation” as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals and people who cannot speak for themselves. This real-life story explores truths not defined by the spoken word.

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    A Boy and a Jaguar

    0.1 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
  8. 0.1 hrs • 9/25/2012 • Unabridged

    Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you. With these words, Chiro's mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It's an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense. This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.

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    0.1 hrs • 9/25/12 • Unabridged
  9. 1.6 hrs • 1/1/2011 • Abridged

    Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book. An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.

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  10. 2.8 hrs • 7/1/2011 • Unabridged

    Whether it’s a big deal or no big deal, everything that happens to a teen is a big deal. From the small mortifications everyone experiences in the dating world to the truly tragic (and all-too-common) issues of divorce or the death of a loved one, the teen years are full of emotional upheaval. If teens aren’t getting the support they need from friends, family, and church to get through the tough stuff of life, they cope in whatever ways they can, sometimes with disastrous results. Now bestselling authors Hayley DiMarco and Michael DiMarco show teens how to pick themselves up, move on, and deal with it. With a potent combination of empathy, tough love, Scripture, and wit, the DiMarcos lead teens through true recovery. As always, they avoid platitudes and tell it like it is, which is what teens really want. Parents, youth leaders, counselors, and teens will find that Over It is the book they’ve been waiting for.

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    Over It

    2.8 hrs • 7/1/11 • Unabridged
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