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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. 3.6 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    From Samantha Seiple, the award-winning author of Ghosts in the Fog, comes the first book for young adults to tell the story of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye. Lincoln’s Spymaster tells the dangerous and action-packed adventures of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye and Lincoln’s most trusted spymaster. Pinkerton was just a poor immigrant barrel-maker in Illinois when he stumbled across his first case just miles from his home. His reputation grew and people began approaching Pinkerton with their cases, leading him to open the first-of-its-kind private detective agency. Pinkerton assembled a team of undercover agents, and together they caught train robbers, counterfeiters, and other outlaws. Soon these outlaws, including Jesse James, became their nemeses. Danger didn’t stop the agency! The team even uncovered and stopped an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln! Seeing firsthand the value of Pinkerton’s service, Lincoln funded Pinkerton’s spy network, a precursor to the Secret Service. Allan Pinkerton is known as the father of modern-day espionage, and this is the first book for young adults to tell his story!

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  3. 1.3 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    “The true stories I’ve written in this book are my living nightmares. My greatest hope is that the lessons the stories offer will help you make better choices than I did.” Stanley “Tookie” Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration, Williams has also become a respected author and activist whose dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In this award-winning book—which has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alike—Williams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as “gladiator schools” with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams’ words are a frank challenge to adolescent readers to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow in his footsteps.

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    Life in Prison

    1.3 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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    3.3 hrs • 7/4/2013 • Unabridged

    A true crime thriller—the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body! The action begins in October of 1875, as secret service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln’s body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd—and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the secret service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way, listeners get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the secret service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.

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    Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

    3.3 hrs • 7/4/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.9 hrs • 4/24/2012 • Unabridged

    A fascinating and timely biography of J. Edgar Hoover from a Sibert Medalist. “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is…You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” Dr. Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous letter in 1964. He believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide. Who wrote this anonymous letter? The FBI. And the man behind it all was J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI’s first director. In this unsparing exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century, accomplished historian Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau—his tangled family history and personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world. Hoover may have given America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him—and the Bureau—all the power he wanted. Using photographs, cartoons, movie posters, and FBI transcripts, Master of Deceit gives readers the necessary evidence to make their own conclusions. Here is a book about the twentieth century that blazes with questions and insights about our choices in the twenty-first.

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    Master of Deceit

    4.9 hrs • 4/24/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.3 hrs • 7/22/2003 • Unabridged

    In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer desperate for adventure, college cash, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents finally caught up to them in a bust at the Chelsea Hotel. For his part in the conspiracy, the twenty-year-old Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this acclaimed author of more than 30 books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one intense moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a smuggler, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos—once he found himself locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell—moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how this newfound dedication helped him endure the worst experience of his life.

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    Hole In My Life

    4.3 hrs • 7/22/03 • Unabridged
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