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  1. 3.5 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Was an innocent man wrongly accused of murder? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan planned to meet friends at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. But first she stopped at the pencil factory where she worked to pick up her paycheck. Mary never left the building alive. A black watchman found Mary’s body brutally beaten and raped. Police arrested the watchman, but they weren’t satisfied that he was the killer. Then they paid a visit to Leo Frank, the factory’s superintendent, who was both a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their prime suspect, one whose conviction would soothe the city’s anger over the death of a young white girl. The prosecution of Leo Frank was front-page news for two years, and Frank’s lynching is still one of the most controversial incidents of the twentieth century. It marks a turning point in the history of racial and religious hatred in America, leading directly to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the modern Ku Klux Klan. Relying on primary source documents and painstaking research, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the true story of justice undone in America.

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    An Unspeakable Crime

    3.5 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.8 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    You may never have heard of him, but you've probably heard of the many people civil rights activist Bayard Rustin influenced. He was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and refused to move to the back of the bus many years before Rosa Parks did. The son of a freed slave, Bayard Rustin grew up during the peak of the Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites. His own family was fairly well-off and hosted distinguished guests like Mary McLeod Bethune, but Bayard could not stand to hear the stories of blacks elsewhere who were treated with disrespect because of the color of their skin. He made it his life mission to change these ideas, and as a young man he began traveling the United States as an activist. Larry Dane Brimmer, a prolific and award-winning author of nonfiction for children, illuminates the story of this little-known but influential civil rights leader.

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    We Are One

    0.8 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.3 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times editor and critic Wilborn Hampton is the acclaimed author of gripping narratives like Kennedy Assassination, Meltdown, and September 11, 2001. In War in the Middle East, the veteran journalist offers a fascinating account of his early 1970s reports from the volatile desert region amidst Black September and the Yom Kippur War. This insider's view of life in a war zone shows Hampton trying to write stories inside a besieged hotel with no electricity or water as fighting rages all around. Hitching rides with reluctant taxi drivers and soldiers, he witnesses aerial dogfights, tank skirmishes, and summary executions. Hampton also explores the origins of these religious and territorial disputes and evaluates their impact on the changing political landscape. With the Gaza Strip, suicide bombers, and Hamas continuing to dominate the headlines, this audiobook is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to understand more clearly the ongoing Middle Eastern turmoil.

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    War in the Middle East

    2.3 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.8 hrs • 9/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Endorsed by authors, teachers, scientists and Congressmen, Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens excites a new generation of space explorers. The audiobook, designed for children between the ages of eight and thirteen, is a functioning, first-step instruction manual. With excitement and honesty, Mongo encourages his readers to articulate and personalize their own vision of next-generation space travel. Driven in part by new space celebrities (Commander Chris Hadfield, Elon Musk, Alyssa Carson), and in part by a shift in popular interest in space (SpaceX rockets, Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Kerbal Space Program videogaming), The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens captures a new era of enthusiasm for space exploration.

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    The Astronaut Instruction Manual

    0.8 hrs • 9/27/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.7 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners?Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy―that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles.These stories help us know the real people who were essential to the birth of this nation but traditionally have been left out of the history books. Their stories are true―and they should be heard.

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    In the Shadow of Liberty

    5.7 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.8 hrs • 9/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Winner of two World championships, three U.S. National championships, and an Olympic Silver Medal, Michelle Kwan is a true champion. Her warm, friendly confidence and extraordinary skating talent have made her a legend in her own time. Michelle has had to work hard and make sacrifices to get to the top. Now she shares her thoughts and experiences to help others make their dreams come true. Vision, discipline, and dedication head her list of requirements for success. Using Michelle's down-to-earth advice about finding your own passion, setting your own goals, and acting like a champion, you, too, can put these winning qualities to work for you. Michelle's sparkling personality shines through Julie Dretzin's narration. Quizzes and exercises at the end of each chapter give you food for thought and let you measure your own championship potential.

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    The Winning Attitude

    2.8 hrs • 9/14/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies. In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, losses, and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach’s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling universal questions about how we can live our best lives, and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.

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    Forward, Young Readers’ Edition by Abby Wambach

    Forward, Young Readers’ Edition

    4.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 2.2 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation brings together 101 of the most well-known and beloved Bible stories. Written for young independent readers and with colorful artwork, this storybook Bible is sure to become a favorite. Each story is one page in length and features a picture depicting the main character or event of the story. Both story and artwork can also provide perfect springboards for further family or child and parent discussion of the rest of the story and its impact on our faith.

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    101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation

    Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
    2.2 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.0 hrs • 8/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Mars has always fascinated humanity and the findings of the past decade have revolutionized ideas about our nearest neighbour - revealing its watery past and geological similarity to Earth. This book provides fact after fact about Mars for information hungry children and interested adults. Wallace did months of research, consulted various experts, and produced his own scientific analysis of the martian climate and atmospheric conditions. Among other things Wallace pointed out that spectroscopic analysis had shown no signs of water vapour in the Martian atmosphere, that Lowell's analysis of Mars's climate was seriously flawed and badly overestimated the surface temperature, and that low atmospheric pressure would make liquid water, let alone a planet girding irrigation system, impossible.

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    Is Mars Habitable?

    3.0 hrs • 8/17/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.9 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Many kids have heard of the Declaration of Independence, but few know the story behind the people and events that helped forge it. They may know about Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, but do they know the roles that Patrick Henry and Thomas Gage played in setting fire to a revolution? This is the story of how the men and women of thirteen British colonies came to declare their independence on July 4, 1776. Covering major events such as the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s midnight ride, The Declaration of Independence brings the rich and exciting history of the Revolutionary War to young listeners who want to know more about America’s beginnings.

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    The Declaration of Independence

    0.9 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.6 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    With 2016 promising to be an interesting and hotly contested election year, Votes of Confidence offers young readers an essential guide to the past, present, and future of American elections.

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    Votes of Confidence

    6.6 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.0 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Lewis and Clark’s famous 1804 expedition was told with great detail by the explorers themselves in an eight-volume account. Now young historians have the opportunity to learn the thrills, challenges, and adventures in a version accessible for them. Two years’ worth of entries are condensed into a flowing account that maintains the historical essence of the original. With a fact-filled prologue and epilogue, young readers can relive the adventurous eight-thousand-mile journey across uncharted wilderness.

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    Off The Map

    by Meriwether Lewis
    read by Pat S. Grimes
    1.0 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 1.2 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Graagghhh !! Meet Your Minecraft Zombie, Steve. Beware! He’s tall, green, and out to scare! Zombie Steve is on his way to meet up with some of his friends, when he hears what sounds like a little child laughing. It just got dark outside, and no human in their right mind would be out, much less a child. When Steve investigates, he finds a tiny little villager – a child named Beep. Beep is lost, but doesn’t have enough sense to be afraid of anything! It’s up to Zombie Steve to help him get safely home, if he can keep Beep from trying to pet the wild wolves, wrestling in the water with the squids, stealing ribs from the skeleton archers, and tickling spiders! Disclaimer: This book is a work of fanfiction; it is not an official Minecraft book. It is not endorsed, authorized, licensed, sponsored, or supported by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp. or any other entity owning or controlling rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks or copyrights.

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