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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. 0.2 hrs • 5/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.

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    Drum Dream Girl

    0.2 hrs • 5/24/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 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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  4. 0.3 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Full of humor and spunk—just like Esther! “I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could not do was vote. Only men could do that. With lively text, this striking biography shows how one girl’s gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory—the first time ever in the United States!

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  5. 0.1 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! If it’s a twirling day, she’ll need to wear the purple skirt. But if it’s a cartwheeling day, she’ll want the polka-dot tights. Or it might be a hiding day, perfect for the flower crown that will help her blend into the garden … or a flying day, which demands butterfly wings! As the clothes pile up and Mama tells her it’s time to go, there’s only one way Zoe can be sure she’s prepared for all the adventures ahead—a solution that will have parents laughing in recognition and kids nodding in satisfaction.

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    Zoe Gets Ready

    0.1 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 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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  7. 0.7 hrs • 1/30/2014 • Unabridged

    Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. Now, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer. Written in vivid accessible poems, this verse novel is a celebration of one girl’s indomitable spirit and of a teacher’s ability to reach out and change a life.

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    Words with Wings

    0.7 hrs • 1/30/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.0 hrs • 11/14/2013 • Unabridged

    During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love—and some people love to hate. There’s no question she’s influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she’s had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes and memories from a range of girls and women, and a foreword by Meg Cabot, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.

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    The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

    3.0 hrs • 11/14/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    David Kherdian re-creates his mother's voice in telling the true story of a childhood interrupted by one of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Vernon Dumehjian Kherdian was born into a loving and prosperous family. Then, in the year 1915, the Turkish government began the systematic destruction of its Armenian population.

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    The Road from Home

    5.9 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.8 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. It wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that makes communication difficult. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a brilliant scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career has revolutionized the livestock industry—each year, half the cattle in the United States are handled in cruelty-free facilities she has designed. She is also a passionate advocate for autism, using her experience to prove that people with this disorder can have “normal” lives. To achieve this unprecedented success, Temple used a unique ability: she thinks visually, the same way animals do. Because she thinks in pictures, she can see the world as a cow or a dog or a pig might see it. And so she knows that animals raised for food deserve good lives and should be treated with respect. Now she gives them their voices.

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    Temple Grandin

    2.8 hrs • 5/1/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 2.4 hrs • 3/27/2012 • Unabridged

    This is a true story about Frances, age nine, who saw fairies by the waterfall behind her house. They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, but when she told her cousin Elsie and their parents, the adults teased them in a most annoying way. Why not take a photograph? Elsie (who was fifteen) had the idea. She would paint paper fairies and take their picture with Frances, and none would be the wiser. The girls never meant to fool the world. They only took the photo so the grown-ups would stop teasing them. Who could have imagined that Elsie’s photograph would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes? Or that Sir Arthur, like Frances, believed in fairies…and longed to see one? In a wry feat of narrative nonfiction, reporter Mary Losure tells the remarkable tale of “two amiable adventuresses” that is almost—but not quite—too good to be true.

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    The Fairy Ring

    2.4 hrs • 3/27/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 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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  13. 2.1 hrs • 1/11/2011 • Unabridged

    Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

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    Wheels of Change

    2.1 hrs • 1/11/11 • Unabridged
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  14. 4.7 hrs • 9/24/2009 • Unabridged

    “How can guys play video games for so long?” “How can a girl laugh and cry at the same time?” “Why do guys try to act so macho and tough?” The opposite sex can seem as confusing as cafeteria mystery meat. But take a look ahead in the lunch line and you’ll find the perfect food group—waffles and spaghetti. In this hilarious, yet amazingly insightful audio book, discover the secrets behind why guys and girls think and act so differently. Guys’ brains have little compartments like a waffle, and there they keep most aspects of their lives separated. Girls’ brains are like spaghetti, because they tend to keep everything in their lives connected. Learn how to talk so a “waffle” will listen, and how to understand the “spaghetti-ish” conversations that you will encounter your entire life. Learning about waffles and spaghetti will make a difference in real-life issues like dating, sex, friendships, body language, and communication skills of every kind. So dig in for the insights you’ve been craving.

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  15. 4.0 hrs • 9/3/2009 • Unabridged

    What every girl needs to have the perfect look! Let’s talk, really talk—about fashion, about friends, about boys, about life. Along the way, we’ll uncover essential beauty secrets to help you sparkle with confidence and joy. In Redefining Beautiful, Revolve® speaker Jenna Lucado teams up with her dad, bestselling author Max Lucado, to offer teen girls a new vision of themselves and a new definition of beauty. Through candid discussions about real issues—from self-esteem and dating to broken families and abuse—Jenna reveals a foundational beauty secret: a father’s love. And whether a girl comes from a home with a devoted father, or a home where that is only a dream, Jenna brings hope as she helps girls discover that they already have the perfect Dad.

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    Redefining Beautiful

    4.0 hrs • 9/3/09 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.8 hrs • 7/16/2009 • Unabridged

    Most girls would die for a life of privilege; some would even kill for it. Ariana Osgood ruled exclusive Easton Academy—until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She’s spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And Ariana will do anything to get her way. From the author of the bestselling Private novels comes a new series about the dark world of wealth, secrets, and Privilege.

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    Privilege

    7.8 hrs • 7/16/09 • Unabridged
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