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  1. 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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    4.0 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don’t understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy’s body.

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    Being Jazz

    4.0 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.1 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom—and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

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  4. 1.0 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling the apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country’s first black president and went on to live his dream of change. This is an important and exciting addition to the Who Was…? series.

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  5. 0.2 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    Even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for her leadership skills. As president of the American Young Sisters Society, she organized friends to raise money to buy textbooks for immigrant classmates. This story is a glimpse at the early life of Israel’s first woman Prime Minister.

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    Goldie Takes a Stand!

    0.2 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    As a humanitarian, he helped aid workers heal orphaned children in Rwanda and lived in camps alongside Bosnian refugees. As a warrior, he excelled at the hardest military training in the world and teamed up with fellow SEALs to hunt al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq. In The Warrior’s Heart, an adaptation of his bestselling memoir, The Heart and the Fist, Eric Greitens brings his adventures to life, sharing stories of friendship, struggle, and hard-earned wisdom. This remarkable book will inspire listeners to live every day with compassion and courage.

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    The Warrior’s Heart

    5.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.3 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and of the man who went on to inspire nation.

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    March On!

    0.3 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    This biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way.

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    Martin’s Big Words

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    In this glorious biography, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant free verse. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa, and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for all people, no matter the color of their skin. Listeners will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

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    Nelson Mandela

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.8 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of—so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends—and better people—through letters. Their story will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.

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    I Will Always Write Back

    By Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch
    8.8 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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    6.8 hrs • 8/26/2014 • Unabridged

    In this compelling and compulsively readable memoir, nineteen-year-old Paige Rawl tells the story of how she was mercilessly bullied in middle school—and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better. In this astonishing memoir, Paige tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal—one that will resonate deeply with the thousands of children and adults whose lives have been touched by bullying. Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth—but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. It never prevented her from entering beauty pageants or playing soccer or making the honor role. On an unremarkable day in middle school, while attempting to console a friend, Paige disclosed her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. She was called “PAIDS,” first in whispers, then out in the open. Her soccer coach joked that she was an asset because opposing team members would be too afraid to touch her. Her guidance counselor told her to stop all the “drama,” and her principal said she couldn’t protect her. One night, desperate for escape, Paige swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the end of her story; instead, it was only the beginning. The gripping first-person account of Paige’s life will pull in even the most reluctant readers of nonfiction, and her call to action to choose compassion over cruelty will stay with them long after they turn the last page.

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    Positive

    By Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin
    Foreword by Jay Asher
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    6.8 hrs • 8/26/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.2 hrs • 8/5/2014 • Unabridged

    When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast. But that did not stop Clara. She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory. Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little. So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history. Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.

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    Brave Girl

    0.2 hrs • 8/5/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.8 hrs • 6/25/2014 • Unabridged

    An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery—and built a new life grounded in determination and justice. Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima’s servitude—but her journey to true freedom was far from over. A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

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    Hidden Girl

    6.8 hrs • 6/25/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 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
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  15. 2.2 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    In early 1968 the grisly on-the-job deaths of two African American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, prompted an extended strike by that city’s segregated force of trash collectors. Workers sought union protection, higher wages, improved safety, and the integration of their work force. Their work stoppage became a part of the larger civil rights movement and drew an impressive array of national movement leaders to Memphis, including, on more than one occasion, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King added his voice to the struggle in what became the final speech of his life. His assassination in Memphis on April 4 sparked protests and violence throughout America and helped force the acceptance of worker demands in Memphis. The sanitation strike ended eight days after King’s death. Marching to the Mountaintop explores how the media, politics, the civil rights movement, and labor protests all converged to set the scene for one of King’s greatest speeches—and for his tragic death.

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    Marching to the Mountaintop

    2.2 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.3 hrs • 12/1/2012 • Unabridged

    As a fourteen-year-old, he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At sixteen, he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. In Harlem, he was known as Detroit Red, a slick street operator. At nineteen, he was back in Boston, leading a gang of burglars. At twenty, he was in prison. It was in prison that Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and there he developed his beliefs about what being black means in America—beliefs that shook America then and still shake America today. Walter Dean Myers’ classic biography sheds light on a black man whose beliefs changed America.

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    Malcolm X by Walter Dean Myers

    Malcolm X

    4.3 hrs • 12/1/12 • Unabridged
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