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  1. 6.9 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    John Muir's adventure guide for the Yosemite Valley. Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. This audiobook equips travelers with everything they need to make the most of their time in the park. Fascinating background chapters on history, geology and wildlife bring Yosemite to life. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.

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    The Yosemite

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    6.9 hrs • 8/10/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.1 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.7 hrs • 11/10/2015 • Unabridged

    Did you know the moon is a satellite? In fact, the moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite. In this entertaining and educational book, children will learn about lunar phases, eclipses, lunar exploration and the moon’s effect on the earth.

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    The Moon Book

    0.7 hrs • 11/10/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.1 hrs • 9/16/2015 • Unabridged

    Just looking at the periodic table can be enough to give young science students a serious headache. But as you’ll soon find out, all those mysterious numbers and letters are clues to the amazing world of elements. The brainchild of Siberian superchemist Dimitri Mendeleev, the periodic table represents the 111 known elements, from hydrogen and oxygen to nobelium and lawrencium. But this doesn’t mean there are only 111 elements in the universe. One or more elements might still be out there just waiting to be discovered! Elements make up everything we see in the world around us, and believe it or not, each has a unique personality that makes it as interesting as it is useful for fulfilling its role in the world. The Periodic Table is a fun-filled way to learn about the elements and understand why they are so important. Narrator L. J. Ganser conveys the book’s infectious enthusiasm with a reading bound to capture listeners’ interest.

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    The Periodic Table

    1.1 hrs • 9/16/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.6 hrs • 9/16/2015 • Unabridged

    Discover complex organisms with amazing life cycles that feed on your body, animals and plants all around you.

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    Parasites

    2.6 hrs • 9/16/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.4 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Get Informed! Get Inspired! Get Going! In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs, and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country, and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, access to education, gender equality, epidemics, non-communicable diseases, climate change, and endangered species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.

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    It’s Your World

    9.4 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.9 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Filled with real accounts of the devastating power of hurricanes, this book takes readers into the eye of the storm—where it may be calm, clear, and sunny, but surrounding you on all sides are black clouds and rampaging winds. Here, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the greatest hurricanes in history through firsthand accounts from people who survived these destructive storms. You’ll see the frightful sights and hear the roaring sounds these witnesses experienced during their harrowing ordeals. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the science of storms, including how they are formed and what conditions help them grow into such monsters. In particular, the category-five fury of Hurricane Katrina is fully documented. This exciting book from National Geographic features the stories of men, women, and children who have felt the awe-inspiring force of 190-mile-per-hour winds and lived to tell about it. Prepare to be astonished!

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    Hurricanes

    0.9 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.5 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers. “What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

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    The Omnivore's Dilemma

    7.5 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.8 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Travel north—beyond the Arctic Circle—to Barrow, Alaska, and meet the proud Iñupiat people. For thousands of years they have hunted whales on the open sea, but now global climate change threatens their way of life. The whale hunt is about to begin, and you’re invited to come along! Just as soon as the ice covering the ocean cracks apart, the whales will appear. Set out with the Iñupiats in their bearded-sealskin boats to hunt bowhead whales, and witness a tradition that has been followed for three thousand years. So grab some warm clothes and loosen up your throwing arm—the hunt is on! Multiple award-winning author Peter Lourie is acclaimed for his environmental science writing. Here he transports young listeners due north to discover a culture completely different from their own and to show them what climate change means for the Iñupiat and us all.

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    Arctic Thaw

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    0.8 hrs • 7/23/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Known as the Thanksgiving Address, this Native American good morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift—from the moon and the stars to the tiniest blade of grass.

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    Giving Thanks

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully interactive guessing story.

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    What Do You Do with a Tail like This?

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.2 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Unabridged

    At the time of Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, it was a common practice to take a lock of hair from the deceased as a remembrance, a sacred remnant of the person who meant so much when alive. One such lock of Beethoven’s hair survived through the years and eventually became the joint property of two men who, in 1995, opened the sealed frame that encased the hair and began the process of unlocking the mysteries of Beethoven’s life, death, and possibly his genius. Follow the trail of Beethoven’s hair as it was passed on from the boy who cut it to his son and down through the years, as it was safeguarded from Nazi Germany and eventually sold at auction in 1994. Through careful forensic testing, the hairs in the lock revealed the causes of Beethoven’s deafness and his many illnesses. This fascinating story is not only a study of the secrets that forensics can reveal, but a moving history of many people’s devotion to Beethoven’s music. Husband and wife team Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley follow the success of Martin’s adult book, Beethoven’s Hair, with this retelling for younger readers.

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    The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair

    2.2 hrs • 4/1/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.6 hrs • 3/11/2015 • Unabridged

    Could griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold hunters in the Gobi desert. The Griffin and the Dinosaur is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the griffin and invented a new science. Now she and others travel the world matching myths and fossils.

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    The Griffin and the Dinosaur

    0.6 hrs • 3/11/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.6 hrs • 10/13/2014 • Unabridged

    Illness, disease, and injury prompted the development of medicine from the earliest days of mankind: useful herbs, methods for treating wounds, and even setting bones were passed down the generations by word of mouth. With the growth of civilization came more scientific methods, generally discovered by significant individuals. This informative and entertaining audiobook presents the major figures in the history of medicine, from Hippocrates in Ancient Greece to the Roman doctor Galen, the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen and the Arabs Ibn Sina and Al-Razi. They are succeeded by Andreas Vesalius and his anatomical investigations during the Renaissance, and subsequently followed by William Harvey and Edward Jenner, before the discovery of penicillin and DNA. This is one of the most fascinating stories in human history and, as this audiobook shows, one of the most varied—and exciting!

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  15. 3.2 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    What’s really going on with the environment—in our own backyards and the wider world? Conflicting information is offered by websites, magazines, and documentaries that blur the line between news and opinion. Not every report is reliable; not every interest group is actually composed of concerned citizens. In this dynamic account, award-winning author Paul Fleischman arms teens with the basic tools to uncover vested interests and falsehoods by vetting sources, following the money, and checking references so they can make informed decisions about what actions to take in the worldwide battle against climate change, overconsumption, and dwindling resources. We’re living in an “ah-ha” moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity and add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking—suburbs, cars, fast food, and cheap prices. It’s a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but with the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the twenty-first century.

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    Eyes Wide Open

    3.2 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.9 hrs • 9/16/2014 • Unabridged

    You asked for it, you got it! Guys Read, the hottest anthology series for tween boys, continues with ten new nonfiction stories. The fifth installment in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading features ten stories that are 100 percent amazing, 100 percent adventurous, 100 percent unbelievable—and 100 percent true. A star-studded group of award-winning nonfiction authors and journalists provides something for every reader, all aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Compiled and edited by real-life literature legend Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: True Stories is a mind-blowing collection of essays, biographies, how-to guides, and more, all proving that the truth is most definitely out there.

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