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26 Fairmount Avenueby Tomie dePaolaChildrens author-illustrator Tomie dePaola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy in the 1940’s.
39 Clues by various authors—shelved under 39 FicThe 39 Clues is a series of adventure novels written by a collaboration of authors, including Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, Patrick Carman, Linda Sue Park, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Roland Smith, and David Baldacci. The books chronicle the adventures of two siblings, Amy and Dan Cahill, who discover that they belong to the Cahill family, the most influential family in history. The main story follows Dan and Amys quest to find the 39 Clues, which are ingredients to a serum that can create the most powerful person on Earth.Steven Spielberg acquired film rights to the series in June 2008, and a film based on the books will be released in 2014. The series also originated tie-in merchandise, including collectible cards and an interactive internet game
43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate KliseWhat happens when an 11-year-old boy, a cranky writer, and a ghost named Olive try to spend the summer together in a haunted house? Find out in this giggly ghost story.Meet Dick Tater. Hes a little man with a big plan: He wants to abolish Halloween.What happens when your fan is a There once was a very rich man phantom? Find out in the latest Who decided he needed a plan installment from the spooky town of To make sense of his wealth Ghastly, Illinois, where phantom flu While still in good health has settled in . . . and it wont let go! Now go find it all if you can! Think how fun it would be if a millionaire wrote his will in a series of limericks and hid the poems all over town!
Shadow Childrenby Margaret Petersen HaddixAmong the Hidden takes place in a society in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. In the first book, Luke Garner, a twelve-year-old child, lives on a farm with his mother, father, and two brothers, Matthew and Mark. As a third child (a Shadow Child), Luke and his parents are in violation of the law. Luke, like all third children, must spend his days hidden or away from public view.
Andrew Clements CollectionBy Andrew ClementsNick Allen, a fifth grader with a gift for creative ideasand a taste for troublemaking, creates a new word forpen -- frindle. All he wanted to do was play a little trickon Mrs. Granger, a legendary language arts teacherwith a passion for proper vocabulary. After all, she toldhim that ordinary people determine which words endup in the dictionary. But when his new word sweeps thenation, Nick fears that he might have created aMonster.
Araminta SpookieBy Angie SageThese funny books tell the storyof Araminta ‗Minty‘ Spookie, wholives in a haunted house, calledSpookie House, with her auntTabby, her uncle Drac, and theirnew inhabitants: the Wizzardfamily who are trying to solvesecrets, mysteries, and all thethings that the Spookie House ishiding from them!
BabymouseWritten & illustrated by Jennifer & Matthew Holm The main character is Babymouse, a grade school mouse who loves to read and longs for some excitement in her life, which usually comes in the form of random creatures that reside in her locker, or from an overactive imagination. But either way, Babymouse has some awesome adventures. Her real life is pretty funny too, especially when she has to deal with Felicia Furrypaws, the school bully, on a daily basis. At the end of the day, Babymouse always learns a life lesson, and realizes her life isnt
Calendar MysteriesBy Ron RoyA mystery every month! In the first book, seven-year-old Bradley wakes up tosee strange lights in the backyard. He wakes his twin friends Nate and Lucy toinvestigate the strange occurrence and is convinced that aliens have landed !Bradley has an easier timeconvincing the others whenJosh, Ruth Rose, Dink, and thedog go missing the next day.The kids find a piece of paperabout alien abductions in Joshsprinter tray and receive twodisturbing phone calls from thesuspected abductees. Will theyfind out what‘s going on? Readit and see!
Calvin CoconutBy Graham SalisburyFourth-grader Calvin lives near the beach in Hawaii with his mom and littlesister. Mom likes to call Calvin her ―Man of the house.‖ But Calvin‘s not greatat being the man of the house, or taking care of his responsibilities. He‘s toobusy bouncing around with his friends. The stories also include Stella,Calvin‘s live-in babysitter, and Ledward, his Mom‘s new boyfriend. Come,spend some time in the islands!
Classics Collection By various authorsStuart Little by E.B. White: a mouse is adopted as a son by a human family.Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: a spider spins words into her web to save the life of a pig.Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder: a young pioneer girl shares daily life on the prairiesduring the 1800s.Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski: Birdie Boyer belonged to a large "strawberry family," who lived on a flatwoodsfarm in the lake section of Florida. They raised strawberries for a living. Through all the hazards of the uncertaincrop -- battling against dry weather and grass fires, the roving hogs and cattle of their neighbors -- Birdiedreamed of an education that would include playing the organ. 1946.The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: The Westing Game is about a group of people invited to the reading ofMr. Westing‘s will. Someone in the group could become very wealthy but that all depends on how they handlethe Westing game.
Clementine seriesBy Sarah PennypackerIn the first book of the series, Clementinetries to help out her friend Margaret, but endsup in a lot of trouble for it. Things get worseeach day of the week, until finally shesworried that Margaret is right: Clementinesparents might consider her "the hard one" inthe family. Theyre up to somethingmysterious...are they thinking theyd be betteroff if they only had her little vegetable-namedbrother..."the easy one"?Clementine has more adventures ineach book, often involving her friendMargaret, her school, and her family.
Ellray JakesBy Sally WarnerIs a Rock Star = a Third-graders struggle to look cool gets him in trouble. Zippy, theWalks the Plank = The classroom goldfish that EllRay was taking care of over springvacation ends up floating. What is EllRay going to tell the kids in his third-gradeclass?Is NOT a Chicken = Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes is sick of getting picked on. Butevery time he tries to defend himself against class bully Jared Matthews, EllRay isthe one who winds up in trouble. Its just not fair! Then his dad offers him a deal: IfEllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, theyll go to Disneyland! But being good forone whole week is not so easy. . . .
Football—BarberBrothersBy Tiki & Ronde BarberRonde = tampa Bay BuccaneersTiki = New York GiantsThese exciting sports stories are based on the childhoodof National Football League superstars Ronde and TikiBarber,. They feature plenty of football action, but alsoare about the values of family, hard work, anddetermination to have what it takes to be a champion.
Geronimo Stilton seriesBy Geronimo StiltonGeronimo Stilton is a talkingmouse who lives in NewMouse City on Mouse Island.A best-selling author, heworks as a journalist andeditor for the fictionalnewspaper The RodentsGazette.Geronimo is a nervous, mild-mannered mouse who wouldlike nothing better than to livea quiet life, but he keepsgetting involved in far-awayadventures with his relatives:Thea, Trap, Benjamin, & AuntSweetfur.
Ivy & Bean seriesBy Annie Barrows and Sophie BlackallIvy (a quiet, intellectual child) and Bean (arambunctious child) become fast friendsdespite their differences and their initialreluctance to like each other. They areboth 7 years old in the series, and live ona cul-de-sac in a suburban environmenton Pancake Court. Now that the girls havebecome friends, they have plenty of funtogether.
Jake Drake seriesBy Andrew Clements In these books, Jake Drake deals with bullies, becomes a know-it-all so hecan win the school science fair, remembers the terrible days in third gradewhen everybody thought he was the teachers pet, and becomes a classclown so that he can impress the new student teacher. It‘s always somethingnew with third grader Jake Drake!
Just Grace series by Charise Mericle HarperThis series is about a third grader, Grace Stewart. We learn that she likes todraw comics and that she has a ―teeny tiny superpower‖ that sometimes getsher into trouble. The superpower is empathy and the desire to help those inneed, even when she probably should hold back. Grace thinks that both herdrawing and her superpower are ―boy things‖ and because of that she tries tokeep them to herself.
Keepers of the SchoolBy Andrew ClementsBelieving that the school needs protection from developers who bought theproperty, Mr. Keane, a custodian, gives Ben a coin that dates back to the schools 1783 founding. Now Ben and his friend Jill must unravel the school smysteries and outwit a new janitor, who, they suspect, is a spy for thedevelopment company.Each book is a new mystery or adventure for the kids in Benjamin Pratt‘s class.
KickersBy Rich Wallace This series follows Ben and his co-ed soccer team, The Kickers as they compete through the season and try to get to the playoffs. Each book brings a different personal challenge at home or school for the players as well as plenty of on-the-pitch sports action.
Mason DixonBy Claudia MillsIn the first book . Mason Dixon survived the school choir. In the second, hesurvived adopting his now-beloved dog named, uh, Dog. But in the third hefaces his biggest challenge yet: joining the local basketball team. Not bychoice, of course. Now, with his best pal Brody and a team of misfits evenworse at basketball than him (if thats possible), Mason must try to rally tobeat his arch-rival, the school bully Dunk. Just another day-in-the-life of adisaster-prone fourth grader.
Moxy MaxwellBy Peggy Gibson On the last day before fourth grade, Moxy Maxwell, usually an syn avid reader, finds multiple reasons to continue avoiding her assigned summer reading book. It isnt as though Moxy isn‘t grateful for her Christmas presents. She is. She‘s just not thrilled that she has to write a thank-you note for each one by tomorrow . . . or she will not be allowed to fly to Hollywood to attend a star-studded Hollywood bash with the father she hasn‘t seen in three years. Moxy Maxwell is set to make her Piano Debut, playing a duet of ―Heart and Soul‖ with her little sister, Pansy. It‘s too bad she has no time to practice. Between costume fittings, trying on her crown, warming up her voice, and putting on her stage makeup, Moxy can‘t possibly worry about the actual performance!
My Weird School DazeBy Dan Gutman The weirdness never stops! It‘s a new school year at Ella Mentry School—and guess what? Well, I‘m not going to tell you! Okay, okay, I‘ll tell you! The weird high jinks follow A.J. and his friends to third grade! The weirdest school stories in the world are back with a dozen more books filled with crazy and out-of-control stories.
Nathaniel FluddBeastologistBy R.L. LaFeverNathaniel Fludds life has taken a turn for the worse. With his parents lost atsea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin-the worlds last remainingbeastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on expeditions with his Cousin Phil todeal with unusual beasts like phoenix birds, basilisks, unicorns, and dragons!
SpiderwickBy Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly BlackThese books follow the adventures of the Gracechildren, twins Simon and Jared and their oldersister Mallory, after they move into SpiderwickEstate and discover a world of faeries that theynever knew existed.
Stink By Megan MacDonaldStink has two passions in life. The second grader loves to read volumes of theencyclopedia and his pets His older sister, Judy Moody, thinks he is weird. His Momand Dad are patient with their son. Our hero is not only about stinky items. The StinkMoody books show how younger siblings can survive bossy older ones. Also, youcan learn that people with unique qualities have something to contribute to the world.Not many people sit and read volumes of the encyclopedia or have a nose that sniffsout the most peculiar odors. Nevertheless, one-of-a-kind Stink can use hisknowledge and talent to help others, and Stink has a very good time while he does it.
Time Warp Trio By Jon ScieszkaFor his tenth birthday, Joe receives a mysterious blue book (known only as TheBook) from his magician uncle and namesake, "Joe the Magnificent." Using anoften unpredictable number of voice and print cues, The Book transports Joe andhis friends,Fred and Sam, to a variety of differenttimes and places, from Camelots medievalcourt of knights and dragons to the year2095, where they meet their own great-granddaughters. The only way they areable to return to present-dayBrooklyn, New York is to find The Bookagain within whatever time period they arein. Plenty of snappy dialogue and laughs!
When a family ofTroll Troubles Trolls moves into theBy Alan MacDonald quiet suburb of Biddlesden, its likely that things are goingUlrik is to get ugly (anddesperate to be Grumpa comes possibly hairy andon his schools for Trollmas smelly) verysoccer team, but holiday, but soon, since trolls likehe doesnt really where will they to roar as loudly asunderstand the get a goat for possible and stomprules. the holiday their hairy feet. meal? Its summer and all of Ulriks school friends seem to be going on something called ―vacation,‖ so Mr. and Mrs. Troll decide to investigate.
A Boy Named Beckoning: the TrueStory of Dr. Carlos Montezuma,Native American HeroBy Gina CapaldiThis story reveals the remarkable life of aNative American boy named Wassaja, or"Beckoning," who was kidnapped from hisYavapai tribe and sold as a slave. Adoptedby an Italian photographer in 1871 andrenamed Carlos Montezuma, the youngboy traveled throughout the Old West,bearing witness to the prejudice againstand poor treatment of Native Americans.Carlos eventually became a doctor andleader for his people, calling out for theirrights.
All Stations! Distress!April 15, 1912: The Day the TitanicSankBy Don BrownTHE "UNSINKABLE"MEETS THEUNTHINKABLE -- Agripping account of the ill-fated maiden voyage ofthe Titanic.
Any Presidential biography 921 XXXLearn about ourpresidents‘ lives andcareers. Easy to readand lots of internetlinks, too!
Bad news for Outlaws: The RemarkableLife of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-Marshall brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a U.S. Marshal - and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories - Bass was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didnt like the notion of a black lawman. For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty. Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a
Helen Keller: Her Lifein Pictures Rare photographs and informative text tell the story of Helen Kellers life from theBy George Sullivan iconic moment at the pump through her career as goodwill delegate to the world. The images trace Kellers life from birth, to childhood with Annie Sullivan in the cottage, to college, and on to her many years as a dedicated social activist and spokesperson. We get a glimpse of her sense of humor, her experiences as a lecturer on the vaudeville circuit, her many pets, and her last quiet years in Connecticut.
If the Walls Could In case youve ever wondered, the walls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have eyes andTalk: Family Life ears -- and, whats more, they dont miss a thing. Now, listen up because the wallsat the White have a thing or two to tell you! • During President John TylersHouse presidency, the White House was such a mess that it was called the "PublicBy Jane O‘Connor Shabby House." • President William Howard Taft was so large that he had to have a jumbo-size bathtub installed -- one big enough for four people. • President Andrew Jacksons "open door" policy at the White House resulted in 20,000 people showing up for his inauguration party. (The new president escaped to the quiet of a nearby hotel!) • President Abraham Lincoln didnt mind at all that his younger sons, Tad and Willie, kept pet goats in their White House bedrooms.
The Name GameBy Donna M. Jackson Did you ever wish your initials spelled something? (Or didn‘t?) Do you know if you have a Googlegänger? Can your name influence the kind of person you are? Or what you do? When it comes to names, everyone has an opinion, and this book explores the fascinating and inspiring subject of names.
Ultimate 10 Sports SeriesWelcome to The Ultimate 10! Thisexciting series gives readers afront-row seat for the very bestfrom the world of sports—thegreatest games, the toughestcompetitors, and the fiercestrivalries! The Ultimate 10 bringsall the action into sharp focus forboth the casual and diehard fan.Books in this high-interest seriesare divided into sections filled withdramatic photos, sidebars, stats,and classic quotes from keyplayers.
VIP Pass series by Clay LatimerStadiums might seem like calm and relaxed places. But comegame day, people who work at ahtletic stadiums are ready toswing into action. Many fans dont get to see what happens asstats are updated, coaches adjust game plans, cheerleaders andmascots prepare, and many crew people work hard to keep the fansentertained. Get ready to visit a Major League Baseball, NationalFootball League, National Hockey League, or game and learnwhat happens behind the scenes.
Weapons, Gear, & UniformsWorld War I was one of the messiest andbloodiest wars ever seen. Soldiers oftenfought from trenches and used gaswarfare, grenades, and machine guns. Thewar also saw great advancements invehicles and other tools of war. Learnabout the uniforms, amazing weapons, andunique gear used by the Central and Alliedpowers.
Sitting Bull RemembersBy Ann Turner Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa band of the Sioux Nation was a warrior, a visionary, a horseman and hunter, and a man who had a deep affinity with nature. Above all, he is remembered as an extraordinary leader who fought for the freedom of his people and helped to preserve their spirit, even in a time of great tragedy.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, aMarine, and a Miracle an Iraqi dog of war, never had a Nubs,By Major Brian Dennis home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubss life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Denniss willingness to share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Denniss human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him. Nubs had no way of knowing that Marines were not allowed to have pets. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs through a freezing desert, filled with danger to find his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch
Knut: How One Little Polar BearCaptivated the WorldWhen Knut was born, the first polar bearBy Julianne, Isabella, cub at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, he was no bigger than a snowball& Craig Hotkoff and unable to care for himself. His mother, a rescued East German circus bear, didnt know how to take care of Knut and rejected him. Knut would have died if it werent for Thomas Dorflein, a zookeeper who nurtured Knut, feeding him, sleeping with him, and giving him the love and attention Knut needed to thrive. But Thomas wasnt the only one who adopted Knut. The adorable little polar bear captured the worlds attention, and now Knut is loved around the globe
Winter‘s Tale: How One Little DolphinLearned to Swim AgainBy Juliana, Isabella, & Craig Hatkoff When Winter was a baby, she was rescued from a crab trap, her tail seriously damaged, and rushed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter survived, but eventually her tail fell off. Then Winter received a prosthetic tail. It was very challenging but now Winter is thriving and using her new tail with great command. Every year, thousands of visitors travel to visit Winter who has become an inspiration to adults and children alike, especially to children who are amputees themselves. This book became a MOVIE!
Leo the Snow Leopard: The True Storyof an Amazing RescueBy Juliana, Isabella, & Craig Hatkoff When Leo was less than seven weeks old, he became orphaned in the snowy Himalayan mountains in Pakistan. Snow leopards need their mothers during the first two years of their lives, but Leo was all alone. Luckily, the cub was rescued by a kind shepherd and his family, who hand- fed Leo and kept him safe. But Leo quickly grew too large and was given to Pakistani authorities, who also found themselves without the resources to help him. When the Wildlife Conservation Society learned of Leos plight, they knew they had to do something.
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat:History‘s Strangest CuresBy Carlyn Beccia It wasn‘t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on ones head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let‘s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested. Carlyn Beccia takes readers on a colorful and funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today‘s most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now
Owen & Mzee: The Language ofFriendship The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo namedBy Isabella & Craig Hatkoff Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyones amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities.
Languages of the Worldseries These books give some history and facts about the language and include introductions on how to say key phrases such as how to say hello and goodbye, or talk about your home, school and family. There are also some facts about typical culture and way of life. There is a pronunciation guide at the back of each book! German French Italian Spanish Polish Hindi Urdu Mandarin Chinese
What Stinks? This book is packed with color photos and information aboutBy Marilyn Singer the ways various animals and plants use stinky substances, ranging from excrement and musk to vomit, to mark their territory, frighten their enemies, attract their mates, and more. You will find a wealth of fascinating information, factual details, and amazing photos.
Off Like the Wind: the First Ride of thePony Express By Michael Spradlin In 1860, the first Pony Express rider set out on a trail from Missouri to California. With him, he carried a special delivery?the first mail ever carried by hand to the West. Over the next eleven days, he and many other riders would endure harsh weather, dangerous animals, and more, but nothing would diminish their unflagging determination and
Bones: Skeletons and How They WorkBy Steve Jenkins This book is the BEST nonfiction title about human and animal bones, delivered with in-your-face accuracy and intrigue. You‘ll come face-to-face with some head-to-toe boney comparisons, many of them shown at actual size. Here youll find the differences between a mans hand and that of a spider monkey; the great weight of an elephants leg, paired with the feather-light femur of a stork; and rib-tickling info about snakes and sloths. How many bones are in the whole human body?
March On – the Day My Brother MartinChanged the WorldBy Christine King Farris How did the civil rights activist prepare what would become his most famous speech? What was it like to be part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963? Dr. Kings sister answers these questions, providing background about the organization of the march, a look at key events of the day, and insight into how King crafted the speech called ―I Have a Dream.‖
America‘s White TableBy Margot Theis Raven As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.
Henry Aaron‘s Dream By Matt TavaresBefore he was Hammerin‘Hank, Henry Aaron was a youngboy growing up inMobile, Alabama, with whatseemed like a foolhardy dream:to be a big-league baseballplayer. He didn‘t have a bat. Hedidn‘t have a ball. And therewasn‘t a single black ball playerin the major leagues. But noneof this could stop Henry Aaron.
Give a Goat Can reading a picture bookBy Jan West Schrock in class end up making a difference to a family that lives on a different continent? And what does a goat have to do with it? Some people think philanthropy is only for big foundations with lots of money, but thats only one part of the picture. In this true story, you will discover what is possible when a class works together on a small, but successful project.
Boys of Steel:The Creators ofSupermanBy Marc Tyler NoblemanLearn about Jerry Siegel Joe Shuster, twomisfit teens in Depression-era Cleveland,were more like Clark Kent—meek, mild,and myopic—than his secret identity,Superman. Jerry wrote stories, and Joeillustrated them. In 1934, they created asuperhero who was everything they werenot. It was four more years before theyconvinced a publisher to take a chance ontheir Man of Steel in a new format—thecomic book. The book includesinformation about Jerry and Joe‘s longstruggle with DC Comics when theyrealized they had made a mistake inselling all rights to Superman for a mere$130!
Moonshot…The Flight of Apollo 11By Brian Floca Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.
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Stand Straight, Ella Kate!By Kate KliseElla Kate Ewing was born in1872. She started out small, butshe just kept on growing. Soonshe was too tall for her desk atschool, too tall for her bed athome, too tall to fit anywhere.Ella Kate was a real-life giant,but she refused to hide herselfaway. Instead, she used herunusual height to achieve herequally large dreams.
Tut‘s Mummy: Lost & FoundBy Judy Donnelly The incredible story of how Tutankamun—the boy King of Egypt‘s— tomb was found and opened by Howard Carter in 1922.
The Vermeer Interviews: Conversationswith Seven Works of Art. By Bob RaczkaAuthor Bob the Author asks the subjects of seven paintings a series of questions about themselves and their surroundings, allowing them to give details about the art techniques, historical context, and cultural elements.
Vinnie & Abraham Vinnie Ream is best known for her life-sizeBy Dawn Fitzgerald marble statue of Abraham Lincoln, unveiled in 1871 when she was only 23 years old, that stands in the Capitol Rotunda. This book chronicles Reams life, including her Wisconsin childhood, the familys move to Washington, DC, at the beginning of the Civil War, and her distinction, at the age of 14, of being one of the first women hired by the U.S. Post Office. Ream had an apprenticeship to a prominent sculptor and her growing relationships with Congressmen who came to have their statues made eventually persuaded the president to sit for her.
Swish! The Quest for Basketball‘s PerfectShotBy Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy From three-pointers to slam dunks, this book goes beyond the record books and explores all aspects of making a basket. This book features amazing shots, player profiles, and tons of trivia. Authors Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy cover basketball from the late 1800s to modern times, showcasing top male and female players both at the college level and in