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  1. 1.4 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Does Henry have what it takes to survive the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil? The Civil War comes to life for I Survived readers! The I Survived series is a runaway success with even the most reluctant readers. With its nonstop action and kids’-eye view of history’s most terrifying events, the books draw readers in and don’t let them go until the last page! In 1863, the Civil War is raging throughout the country. Eleven-year-old Henry has been on the sidelines so far—but the events of a hot July week in Pennsylvania are about to change his life forever. Does he have what it takes to survive the Battle of Gettysburg?

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  2. 4.9 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    For eighth-grader Delia Douglas, competing in the World Double Dutch Championships with her best friends is a dream that has come true through hours of hard practice. But that dream is now threatened by a terrible secret: Delia can’t read. And unless she finds the courage to reach out and get help, she might never jump in another Double Dutch meet again.

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    Double Dutch

    4.9 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
  3. 3.5 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Children and adults alike will cheer for this funny, uplifting story of a troublemaker who joins the school newspaper and discovers the power of words—and uses that power to make a positive difference in his community. Darnell Rock is an especially meaningful hero for African American boys who confront many of the same pressures that Darnell faces.

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    Darnell Rock Reporting

    3.5 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
  4. 8.9 hrs • 5/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Fifteen-year-old Amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of her remote African village. She endures countless humiliations as she is beaten, branded, and forced to board a slave ship. The atrocities continue as she struggles through endless days of backbreaking work and daily degradation on a plantation. Somehow, through it all, Amari's hopes and dreams survive because there are moments of kindness from an indentured white girl, Polly and the gentle wife of the plantation owner. Amari and Polly find that by working together freedom could be possible. Award-winning author and educator Sharon M. Draper, known for her popular, contemporary teen novels, successfully tackles historical fiction and received starred reviews from Booklist and the School Library Journal. In this well-researched novel, Draper explores the inter-relationships of those who live on a plantation.

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    Copper Sun

    8.9 hrs • 5/11/16 • Unabridged
  5. 2.8 hrs • 2/20/2016 • Unabridged

    In the dingy Auburn Street project where Junebug lives, ten is the age when young boys start joining gangs and helping drug dealers. Junebug has watched his friend, Darnell, drift away in a sleek, dark-windowed car. He has seen his Aunt Jolita, surrounded by a cloud of jewelry and perfume, strut off with silent gang leaders. Junebug’s mother works hard to keep him and his little sister safe. So do the librarian and the tutor who set up a reading room in the basement of the graffiti-coated apartment building. But Junebug is afraid; his tenth birthday is coming up soon. Alice Mead is a former teacher in inner-city schools. In Junebug, she gently portrays a dangerous world as seen through the eyes of a child who refuses to give up his optimism and hope. The voice of narrator Peter Francis James adds a warmth to this tale that allows Junebug to step from the page into the listener’s heart.

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    2.8 hrs • 2/20/16 • Unabridged
  6. 1.4 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    This riveting novel in verse, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American history and race through the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity Connor’s grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies, and the letter’s confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family: The man who raised Dad is not his birth father. But the only clues to this birth father’s identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot’s wings. And so Connor takes it upon himself to investigate—a pursuit that becomes even more pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke. What Connor discovers will lead him and his father to a new, richer understanding of race, identity, and each other.

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    American Ace

    1.4 hrs • 1/12/16 • Unabridged
  7. 4.4 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers’s last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century. This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today’s tap, jazz, and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba’s story.

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    4.4 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.0 hrs • 9/30/2015 • Unabridged

    This summer, young Elizabeth and her little brother are going to their uncle’s farm alone. Their parents are staying home in the city. Elizabeth can’t wait to run through the fields, sleep outside, and explore her uncle’s big farm house. One night at the farm, Elizabeth sees a tall, thin figure floating down the road. Although at first she thinks it’s a ghost, she soon finds out that it is Zeely Tayber, going to feed her hogs before dawn. In the following days, Elizabeth watches the proud, dignified woman. She is unlike anyone Elizabeth has even seen before. Could she actually be an African princess? Virginia Hamilton has won a Newbery Medal and the Hans Christian Anderson Award for her books for young readers. In Zeely, she twines lessons about individuality and courage into a fascinating story of a young girl’s discovery.

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    3.0 hrs • 9/30/15 • Unabridged
  9. 5.5 hrs • 9/16/2015 • Unabridged

    Winner of the Newbery Honor, The Planet of Junior Brown is an extraordinary story of heroism and survival that will appeal to young and older readers alike. The only thing Junior Brown and Buddy Clark really have is the small solar system they had built in the hidden cellar room of the school. Ostracized from his classmates, Junior, a three hundred pound musical and artistic prodigy, depends on his imagination for companionship. Buddy is used to depending on no one but himself. Homeless, he uses his wits to survive the streets. With the help of Mr. Poole, the school custodian, the two boys discover a world, a sheltered universe of their own in the basement room. When their hiding place is discovered, and Junior loses the only place he feels safe, his imagination takes over. It will take all of Buddy’s resources to protect his friend as the realities of Junior’s world come crashing in around them both. Award-winning author Virginia Hamilton is best known for her ability to create stories that teach with an element of fantasy. Heralded among the top black women writers, Hamilton brings the lessons of black urban experience to life for young adults from a variety of background and ethic origins.

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    The Planet of Junior Brown

    5.5 hrs • 9/16/15 • Unabridged
  10. 3.6 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Amanda can’t believe it when Ernestine shows up at the piano teacher’s house for lessons. Everyone knows Ernestine can’t read music. She can only play by ear. And even worse, Ernestine begins talking and laughing with Amanda’s best friend. The two ten-year-olds have never gotten along, and Amanda intends to keep it that way. But music lessons and the really annoying fact that Ernestine’s brother is dating Amanda’s sister keep throwing the two together. Somehow they discover they aren’t really enemies. In fact, they are beginning to need each other. Popular author Sandra Belton offers an entertaining and vital glimpse into the day-to-day life of young African-American girls growing up in the segregated South of the 1950s. Narrator Kim Staunton will captivate young readers with her lively rendition of Ernestine and Amanda and their tightly-knit neighborhoods.

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    Ernestine and Amanda

    3.6 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
  11. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Henry dreams of a world where his life belongs to him. But when his family is sold, he risks everything for what he knows is right. With the strength and conviction of the best kind of hero, Henry makes a harrowing journey in a wooden crate—and mails himself to freedom!

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    Henry’s Freedom Box

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

    Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways—maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie—who was born free—taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read. From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson’s family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. This moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives.

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    Show Way

    0.2 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
  13. 0.9 hrs • 5/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Nikki Grimes offers a glimpse into the inspiring lives of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman. What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create Chasing Freedom, an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century’s most powerful—and inspiring—American women. Chasing Freedom richly imagines the experiences of Tubman and Anthony, set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

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    Chasing Freedom

    0.9 hrs • 5/29/15 • Unabridged
  14. 3.2 hrs • 5/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Eight-year-old EllRay is down to one-and-a-half best friends, and his little sister points out the obvious: he needs more! So EllRay decides to audition other boys for the part, the way his sister is auditioning for the lead role in her day care’s spring play. Now, EllRay has to come up with fun things to do at recess, because when he’s the Recess King, everyone will want to be his friend!

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    EllRay Jakes the Recess King!

    3.2 hrs • 5/29/15 • Unabridged
  15. 4.8 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    If only Maddy sees the mermaid, can it be real? It’s Maddy’s turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings—the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family’s magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero? A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.

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    Bayou Magic

    4.8 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
  16. 3.2 hrs • 3/16/2015 • Unabridged

    In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling “Middle School”-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting. Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he’s Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he’s a chess club devotee known as a “grandma’s boy,” a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life? James Patterson’s newest novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid’s life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

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    Public School Superhero

    3.2 hrs • 3/16/15 • Unabridged
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