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Peace Like A River
When eleven-year-old Reuben Land's brother shoots two boys and flees the state, his family begins an extraordinary journey to find him.
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Author Barbara Ehrenreich describes how she left her normal life to live in several different cities and took different low-wage jobs to explore the difficulties faced by the working poor.
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Motherland: A Novel
When fifteen-year-old Maya returns to India for the summer, she feels a sense of alienation in the home of her birth. She and her grandmother, Ammamma, deepen their relationship after Maya suffers a serious head injury, and Maya finally learns the truth a
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The Man Who Ate The 747
A man whose whole existence focuses on facts and figures--the biggest, the fastest, the longest, the oldest--discovers that the greatest force of all might be love, which he finds to be unpredictable and unquantifiable. In the process, the seemingly mundan
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In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex
by Nathaniel Philbrick
The crew members of the whaleship "Essex" face a daunting situation after their ship is rammed and sunk by a sperm whale. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the crew members attempt to survive the incredibly long journey toward South America in o
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Girl With A Pearl Earring
After her father loses his sight, 17-year-old Griet becomes a maid to help with family expenses. Her artistic sense endears her to her master, the famous Johannes Vermeer, but his wife dislikes the pretty servant. Torn between her feelings for her master
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Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima
by James V. Bradley
Now abridged for young people, "Flags of Our Fathers" is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history: the raising of the U. S. flag at Iwo Jima.
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Diamond Willow
by Helen Frost
There's
more to me than
most people
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Daughter Of The Forest
by Juliet Marillier
In this first book of the Sevenwaters Trilogy, Sorcha and her six brothers are separated by a curse when their father marries a sorceress. Only Sorcha can save them in this retelling of the Celtic "Swans" myth.
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Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond
by Joseph Medicine Crow , Herman Viola
Picture a Crow Indian elder, his wizened eyes catching yours in the ancient flicker of firelight. His mesmerizing stories span the ages, from Custer to World War II to the 21st Century. He is the last traditional chief of his people. He is over 90 years old.
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