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America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the Sixties     DB/RC 66633
8 hours 19 minutes
by Laban Carrick Hill
read by John Polk
Chronicles the life of American teenagers who came of age during the 1960s. Highlights the cultural, social, and political changes that occurred due to the activism of the era. Using primary sources, examines civil rights, women's liberation, antiwar, and environmental movements. For senior high readers. 2007.
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American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch; an Odyssey in the New China     DB/RC 67650
12 hours 6 minutes
by Matthew Polly
read by Christopher Hurt
Travel writer describes the two years he spent studying kung fu at the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and martial arts. Discusses his 1992 journey to China, where he absorbed the culture and came of age. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2007.
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Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job     DB/RC 68195
7 hours 9 minutes
by Gregory McNamee
read by Gary Tipton
An overview of various forms of renewable energy—solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrogen, and bioenergy—and the career opportunities in this growing field. Discusses "green" jobs in building, management, and transportation. Details salaries, required education, and other employment criteria. For senior high readers. 2008.
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Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife     DB/RC 69617
9 hours 52 minutes
by Marie Winn
read by Mark Ashby
A journalist's account of nighttime natural-history explorations in the thirty-seven-acre wilderness area of New York City's Central Park. Chronicles eleven years spent observing nature, insects, and animals. Describes the park's creatures and the people watching them. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.
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Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith     DB/RC 68925
8 hours 5 minutes
by Deborah Heiligman
read by Kerry Dukin
Portrays the private life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), a public proponent of evolution. Discusses his marriage to devout Emma Wedgwood (1808–1896) and their lifelong debate over natural selection versus Christian creationism. Covers his work habits, bad health, and dedication to family. For junior and senior high and older readers. Printz Honor Book. 2009.
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Civil Liberties and War     DB/RC 64516
5 hours 29 minutes
edited by Jamuna Carroll
read by Gabra Zackman
Traces the American history of restricting rights during wartime. Discusses Supreme Court cases involving suppressing speech during World War I, internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the New York Times publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and the due-process issue for enemy combatants in 2004. For senior high and older readers. 2006.
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Declare Yourself: Speak, Connect, Act, Vote; More than Fifty Celebrated Americans Tell You Why     DB/RC 67649
6 hours 29 minutes
published by HarperCollins Publishers
read by Judith Ann Gantly
Actors, authors, musicians, and celebrities encourage young people to vote. Maya Angelou, Tyra Banks, Meg Cabot, Rosario Dawson, Sean Kingston, Maroon 5 band members, Hayden Panettiere, Alice Walker, and others discuss the importance of participating in politics. Includes resources. Introduction by America Ferrera. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian     DB/RC 66795
6 hours 16 minutes
by National Museum of the American Indian
read by Christopher Hurt
Reference queries received by the staff of the National Museum of the American Indian. Dozens of questions answered by Native Americans cover history, culture, and language. Topics include ceremonies, totem poles, myths, captivity stories, slavery, clothing, tribal enrollment, and government benefits. For senior high and older readers. 2007.
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East Asia     DB/RC 66430
3 hours 39 minutes
by Douglas A. Phillips
read by Kristin Allison
Provides an overview of the history, culture, government, economy, and natural environment of Japan, North Korea, South Korea, mainland China, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Discusses twentieth-century conflicts and the region's role in the global marketplace. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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The Elements: What You Really Want to Know     DB/RC 67668
5 hours 7 minutes
by Ron Miller
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the discovery of atoms and the history of the periodic table. Explains the naming of chemical elements and their uses in daily life. Features biographies of major figures in chemistry and basic data on each of the known elements. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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Episodes: My Life as I See It     DB/RC 69969
8 hours 34 minutes
by Blaze Ginsberg
read by MacLeod Andrews
Blaze, a high-functioning autistic teenager who was the subject of his mother's book Raising Blaze (RC 55558), describes his life as a series of episodes. Relates experiences like Thanksgiving family dinners and his crush on Hilary Duff. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.
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Europe     DB/RC 66454
3 hours 15 minutes
by Zoran Pavlovic
read by Kristin Allison
Surveys the history, culture, politics, economics, and geography of Iceland, England, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Greece, and other countries on the European continent. Highlights the establishment of the European Union and its reorganization after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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Gay America: Struggle for Equality     DB/RC 68234
5 hours 37 minutes
by Linas Alsenas
read by Kristin Allison
History of homosexuality in America focuses primarily on the twentieth century. Uses first-person accounts to illustrate the social and political milieu of several time periods and chronicles the milestone events affecting this population. For senior high readers. 2008.
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Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life     DB/RC 69820
8 hours 13 minutes
by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen
read by Margaret Strom
Teen and mom provide examples for others wanting to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. They suggest using the five Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, and refuse. They also include tips on greener pet care, beauty products, and school supplies; smarter shopping; ways to get involved; and more. For senior high readers. 2008.
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Ghosts of War: The True Story of a Nineteen-Year-Old GI     DB/RC 69859
7 hours 45 minutes
by Ryan Smithson
read by Jeff Allin
Memoir of a young U.S. Army engineer reservist from East Greenbush, New York. Describes his high school background, early days of basic training, and life during his deployment to Iraq. Includes personal reflections about his wife Heather. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.
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Interracial America: Opposing Viewpoints     DB/RC 64579
7 hours 19 minutes
edited by Eleanor Stanford
read by John Haag
Essays examine how race is experienced in the United States. Covers diverse topics such as racial differences, the war on terror, immigration, bilingual education, affirmative action, and interracial relationships. For senior high readers. 2006.
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Iraq War     DB/RC 66194
6 hours 13 minutes
by Rodney P. Carlisle
read by Kristin Allison
Surveys the history of Iraq and the events that led up to the 2003 invasion of the country by U.S. troops. Discusses developments in Iraq since 2004, including Iraqi self-government, the trial of Saddam Hussein, and ethnic conflicts between Sunni and Shiite Arabs. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.
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Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents     DB/RC 68926
10 hours 20 minutes
by Richard Panchyk
read by Brian Conn
Seventy-two entries arranged chronologically include the 1606 First Charter of Virginia, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Japanese relocation order, the Civil Rights Act, the Patriot Act, and the 2002 resolution to use armed forces in Iraq. Provides historic context and contemporary viewpoints for each. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.
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Kim Jong Il's North Korea     DB/RC 67212
3 hours 59 minutes
by Alison Behnke
read by Margaret Strom
Chronicles the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. Describes life under communist leader Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il. Traces the development of a police state that caused famines, created work camps, and fostered political isolation. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.
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Lands: Taming the Wilds     DB/RC 66299
7 hours 20 minutes
by Julie Kerr Casper
read by Michael Scherer
Presents key issues in the management of Earth's natural landscapes. Explores human impact on deserts, mountains, forests, wetlands, coastlines, and arctic regions. Discusses resources, the concept of sustainability, and the importance of individual conservation efforts such as reducing, reusing, and recycling. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.
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The Meaning of Sunglasses: And a Guide to Almost All Things Fashionable     DB/RC 69293
8 hours 41 minutes
by Hadley Freeman
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Fashion editor and columnist examines women's obsession with fashion and beauty. In short, satirical essays Freeman evaluates the various available types of blouses, exercise clothes, animal prints, accessories, swimsuits, and shoes, and explains what your choices say about you. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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Nickie's Nook: Sharing the Journey     DB/RC 68003
3 hours 50 minutes
by Nickie Coby
read by Kristin Allison
Selected writings from the online journal of blind college student and aspiring social worker Coby, who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Discusses her guide dog Julio, her Christianity, and the differences between blindness and chronic illness. For senior high and older readers. 2007.
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Oil     DB/RC 67563
3 hours 35 minutes
by James Laxer
read by Robert Sams
Canadian professor provides an overview of the modern oil industry from its nineteenth-century origins in North America and Russia to its twenty-first-century challenges. Describes the development of the world's major petroleum companies and the environmental impact of fuel consumption. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed     DB/RC 68454
8 hours 47 minutes
by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
read by Annie Wauters
Physics professor uses math and science to describe how NASCAR drivers win races and survive crashes. Cites specific examples from racing teams and well-known drivers. Also examines topics such as vehicle aerodynamics, speed, materials, pressure, temperature, weight, design, and safety. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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Plants: Life from the Earth     DB/RC 66310
6 hours 10 minutes
by Julie Kerr Casper
read by Michael Scherer
Presents key issues in preserving plants. Discusses the evolution and life cycles of plants, their role in biodiversity, and their importance to humans. Describes threats from disease, pollution, and poor land management. Suggests ways readers can become "backyard conservationists." For junior and senior high readers. 2007.
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The Presidential Election Process     DB/RC 66944
5 hours 45 minutes
edited by Tom Lansford
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the pros and cons of the American way of electing a political leader, including the roles of primaries and conventions, campaign financing, media coverage, and the electoral college. Describes the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2008.
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Race: A History beyond Black and White     DB/RC 66040
9 hours 4 minutes
by Marc Aronson
read by Bill Wallace
Focuses on the history of race and racism in the West from Greek civilization to modern times. Discusses prejudice, slavery, religion, and the complex social problems that arise from judging people by their skin color or beliefs. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.
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Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe     DB/RC 67218
3 hours 54 minutes
by James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener
read by Bob Moore
Discusses the South African country formerly known as Rhodesia. Describes the 1980 overthrow of colonial powers by nationalist Robert Mugabe's use of guerrilla warfare. Details Mugabe's establishment of a dictatorship that led to economic decline and poor health-care and educational systems. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.
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Russia and the Former Soviet Republics     DB/RC 66955
3 hours 36 minutes
by Thomas R. McCray
read by Kristin Allison
Examines the culture, politics, vast geography, history, and peoples of the Russian Federation and other states that were once part of the Soviet Union. Highlights attempts at economic reform after decades of communist rule. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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The Six Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens     DB/RC 65095
11 hours 20 minutes
by Sean Covey
read by Erik Synnestvedt
The author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (DB 32592, RC 32592) highlights key decisions that can make or break a teen's future. Covers getting an education, choosing friends, avoiding addiction, building self-worth, and more. Includes advice and examples of positive behavior. For senior high readers. 2006.
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South Asia     DB/RC 66721
3 hours 19 minutes
by John E. Benhart and George M. Pomeroy
read by Kristin Allison
Describes the culture, history, politics, economy, and natural landscapes of seven south Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Highlights the contrasts between traditional ways of life and the changes brought by globalization and popular culture. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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Southeast Asia     DB/RC 66741
3 hours 50 minutes
by Douglas A. Phillips
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the history, culture, politics, economy, geography, and environment of ten Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Highlights regional conflicts, the history of colonialism, and Southeast Asia's role in the global marketplace. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self     DB/RC 68249
6 hours 21 minutes
by Lori Gottlieb
read by Mare Trevathan
Adult author revisits the diary she maintained in 1978 when she was an eleven-year-old girl hospitalized with anorexia. She records family arguments, body-image obsessions, dieting, worrying about inhaling calories from people's breath, conversations with doctors, and being discharged. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.
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Thirty Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook     DB 70133
2 hours 39 minutes
by Clea Hantman
read by Mary Kane
Guide for self-preservation in romantic break-ups. Explains the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Provides tips and empowering daily activities. Also suggests music that makes the transition easier and fun. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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Tony Blair     DB/RC 64585
3 hours 16 minutes
by Bonnie Hinman
read by Dan Bloom
Biography of British prime minister and Labour party leader Tony Blair, who was first elected to the post in 1997 after climbing the political ladder. Highlights his struggle against terrorism and his response to the July 7, 2005, Al Qaeda attack on London. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.
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The Truth about Abuse     DB/RC 64729
8 hours 40 minutes
by John Haley and Wendy Stein
read by Dan Bloom
Provides an overview of abuse and defines it as a pattern of behavior used to control another person. Presents A–Z entries describing abuse's various forms. Includes personal anecdotes from teens covering topics such as bullying, child molestation, date rape, hazing, and domestic violence. For senior high readers. 2005.
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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines     DB/RC 69487
11 hours 8 minutes
by Nic Sheff
read by Alexander Strain
In this companion to Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction (DB 66107, RC 66107), Nic Sheff, the son, reflects on his behavior and relationships during the six years he used a variety of illegal drugs. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008.
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An Unbroken Chain: My Journey through the Nazi Holocaust     DB/RC 67065
4 hours 59 minutes
by Henry A. Oertelt
read by Ken Kliban
Author describes living with his older brother and mother in Berlin when the Nazis came to power. Discusses ways the Jewish family avoided capture with the help of Christian friends until June 1943. Highlights eighteen coincidences that enabled the brothers to survive. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2000.
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War Is . . . : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War     DB/RC 68729
6 hours 19 minutes
edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
read by Roy Avers
Anthology of memoirs, poems, letters, and fiction that illustrate the life of a soldier at war. Servicemen and servicewomen, family members, journalists, and others depict experiences of adventure, terror, boredom, and mental and physical duress. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.
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When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball     DB/RC 69289
11 hours 44 minutes
by Seth Davis
read by Alec Volz
Sports reporter recounts the college basketball season that lead up to the dramatic 1979 NCAA championship game between All-American stars Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird of the Indiana State Sycamores. Highlights coaches Jud Heathcote and Bill Hodges. For senior high and older readers. 2009.
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All the Math You'll Ever Need: A Self-Teaching Guide     BR 18082
by Steve Slavin
3 volumes
This refresher course on mathematics for everyday situations explains ways to figure discounts, calculate interest rates, and solve time, rate, and distance problems. Provides back-to-basics instruction in multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, and geometry. Includes lessons in personal finance and business math. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian     BR 17919
by National Museum of the American Indian
2 volumes
Reference queries received by the staff of the National Museum of the American Indian. Dozens of questions answered by Native Americans cover history, culture, and language. Topics include ceremonies, totem poles, myths, captivity stories, slavery, clothing, tribal enrollment, and government benefits. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Don't Steal Copyrighted Stuff! Avoiding Plagiarism and Illegal Internet Downloading     BR 18164
by Ann Graham Gaines
2 volumes
Defines plagiarism, copyright, and fair use, specifically applying these legal concepts to students. Discusses research projects, citations, music and software downloads, and the permissions process. Provides advice on protecting your own creative work. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

First Apartment Smarts: Get Smart with Your Money     BR 18794
by Ann Byers
1 volume
Guide for first-time renters. Suggests creating a plan to address needs, wants, and concerns and constructing a practical budget. Offers housing-search strategies, resources, checklists, tips for moving in, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

First Credit Cards and Credit Smarts: Get Smart with Your Money     BR 18832
by Ann Byers
1 volume
Guide to understanding credit. Discusses types of loans, annual percentage rates, and credit reports. Suggests tips for guarding your personal information. Includes advice on ways to avoid financial pitfalls, such as by reading the fine print when applying for credit. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Girls against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change     BR 18738
by Bonnie Burton
1 volume
Discusses why girls hurt each other. Analyzes six common types of girl-on-girl cruelty, the pain caused by such behavior, and reasons girls use each method. Also explains meanness recognition, defense, and avoidance, and the optimal response to certain situations. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide     BR 18854
by Sarah O'Leary Burningham
1 volume
Teen guide to communicating with and understanding parents. Author discusses common yet quarrelsome topics, providing the points of view of both adults and adolescents. Includes tips on academics, curfew, cyberlife, independence, negotiation, privacy, and more. For senior high readers. 2008.

Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents
by Richard Panchyk     BR 18593

3 volumes
Seventy-two entries arranged chronologically include the 1606 First Charter of Virginia, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Japanese relocation order, the Civil Rights Act, the Patriot Act, and the 2002 resolution to use armed forces in Iraq. Provides historic context and contemporary viewpoints for each. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

The Murder of Emmett Till     BR 18201
by David Aretha
1 volume
Discusses the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, an African American who breached Mississippi's racial caste system in 1955 by flirting with a white woman. Examines the racial injustice that existed, worldwide reactions to the killers' acquittal, and the repercussions on civil rights. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave     BR 17929
by Frederick Douglass
2 volumes
African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) chronicles his life from his birth in Maryland as a slave to his 1838 escape to the North. Describes the physical, mental, and spiritual brutalities of enslavement and his resolution to live free or die. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1845.

Nickie's Nook: Sharing the Journey     BR 18136
by Nickie Coby
1 volume
Selected writings from the online journal of blind college student and aspiring social worker Coby, who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Discusses her guide dog Julio, her Christianity, and the differences between blindness and chronic illness. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write     BR 18564
by Victoria Hanley
2 volumes
Presents creative-writing tips and exercises, from freewriting to understanding the elements of fiction. Provides examples for character development, motivation, and perspective. Assesses difficult aspects of writing fiction, such as creating the setting and mood, and infusing your style and voice into the story. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Thirty Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook     BR 18563
by Clea Hantman
1 volume
Guide for self-preservation in romantic break-ups. Explains the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Provides tips and empowering daily activities. Also suggests music that makes the transition easier and fun. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission     BR 18838
by Elise Lufkin
2 volumes
Animal-adoption advocate profiles fifty-two dogs and one cat that were rescued from abuse or abandonment and trained as therapy and service animals. Offers firsthand accounts of individuals who benefited from their companionship. Includes questions to consider before adopting a dog. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Unsolved Political Mysteries     BR 18070
by David Southwell and Sean Twist
1 volume
Describes conspiracy theories involving famous people, such as Malcolm X, Hillary Clinton, and Saddam Hussein, and events, such as the Watergate scandal and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Uncontracted braille. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Venturer Handbook and Ranger Handbook     BR 18801
by Boy Scouts of America
4 volumes
This 2009 reprint of Venturer Handbook provides an overview of the Boy Scouts of America discovery and exploration program for coeds aged fourteen to twenty. Ranger Handbook details requirements for earning the Venturing Ranger Award—which emphasizes fitness, outdoor activities, and conservation. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1999.


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