Jason is sure his sister, Becca, was murdered, but he’s the only one who thinks so. After finding a photograph Becca kept hidden, he decides to infiltrate a boxing gym to prove that she didn’t die accidentally. As a transgender kid, Jason’s been fighting for as long as he can remember, and those skills are going to come in handy as he investigates. Quickly invited into the inner circle, Jason must balance newfound friendships with the burning hate that drives him. Jason soon feels torn between two worlds, determined to discover what happened to his sister but struggling with the fact that this is the first time he’s ever felt like he belonged somewhere.
Women have always played an important role in the U.S. military. However, for many years, they weren't allowed to fight in battle. Still, women fought for their right to defend their country, and now they are breaking barriers on the battlefield and in leadership roles. These are the stories of courageous women in combat.
A jewelry store robber discovers the amazing abilities of the disabled young woman who witnessed his crime.
A biography of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, examining his position as the founder of Buddhism, as well as his emphasis on compassion and the lifestyle of the Middle Way.
A biography of Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi, examining his position as a leader of nonviolent civil disobedience, as well as his emphasis on fasting and other social stances.
A biography of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., examining his position as a voice of the movement, as well as his emphasis on nonviolent resistance and other social stances.
A biography of Albanian-born nun Mother Teresa, examining her position as a leader of the Missionaries of Charity in India, as well as her emphasis on compassion and other social stances.
A biography of South African humanitarian Nelson Mandela, examining his long imprisonment and position as South Africa’s first black president, as well as his emphasis on reconciliation and other social stances.
Explore diverse landscapes, travel back in time, and discover unique populations, all without leaving your chair! Start your international tour in India, land of Bollywood, the Taj Mahal, monsoons, more than 1 billion people, and so much more. This colorful, informative book introduces India's history, geography, culture, climate, government, economy, and other significant features. Sidebars, maps, fact pages, a glossary, a timeline, historic images and full-color photos, and well-placed graphs and charts enhance this engaging title. Countries of the World is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Describes life in United States in the year 1968, including the war in Vietnam, the draft, war protesters, hippies and yippies, the presidential campaign and election, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. Its essence is simplicity—when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. And when it comes to war, the smallest, the most vulnerable, are the children. When Elephants Fight presents the stories of five children—Annu, Jimmy, Nadja, Farooq and Toma—from five very different and distinct conflicts—Sri Lanka, Uganda, Sarajevo, Afghanistan and the Sudan. Along with these very personal accounts, the book also offers brief analyses of the history and geopolitical issues that are the canvas on which these conflicts are cast. When Elephants Fight is about increasing awareness. For the future to be better than the past, better than the present, we must help equip our children with an awareness and understanding of the world around them and their ability to bring about change. Gandhi stated, "If you are going to change the world, start with the children."
Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Apache, including warrior Geronimo and conflicts such as the Camp Grant Massacre.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Cherokee, including chief John Ross and conflicts surrounding the Trail of Tears.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian confederacy known as the Iroquois, including chief Hiawatha and conflicts such as the American Revolution.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Navajo, including headman Manuelito and conflicts such as the Second Battle of Fort Defiance.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Sioux or Dakota, including warrior Crazy Horse and conflicts such as the U.S.–Dakota War.
Rob Maclean and his mom have moved to a small community in northern Ontario in order to be closer to Rob's imprisoned brother, Adam. One night after a rowdy party, Rob and some friends end up in a van speeding through a First Nations reserve. The driver of the van has a deep hatred for Indigenous people, and he lobs rotten fruit at a group of young men gathered in front of a community center. The young men chase them down, and Rob's friend Alan is injured and ends up in a coma. Now the police are pressuring Rob to identify their prime suspect. This is the second story featuring Rob and Adam Maclean after Coming Clean.
The Belles of Baseball discusses how in the 1940s and 1950s, women broke traditional gender barriers by playing professional baseball, boosting morale during World War II and paving the way for future generations of female athletes. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation’s astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
The Muckrakers discusses how in the early 1900s, Ida Tarbell and other investigative journalists brought about change by exposing the illegal tactics and unethical practices of corporations. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Occupying Alcatraz discusses how in 1969, a group of daring Native American activists launched a 19-month takeover of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, seeking to highlight the poor living conditions that persisted in Native American communities throughout the country. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Women with Wings discusses how in the 1940s, women broke free from traditional gender roles by piloting aircraft both on the homefront and in combat, making critical contributions to the Allied victory in World War II. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
The Stonewall Riots discusses how in 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people stood up for their rights against a society that criminalized their natural feelings, launching a movement whose legacy continues to this day. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations considers the work of Edward S. Curtis as he photographed the people and cultural practices of a large number of Native nations. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines Curtis’s role in the preservation of Native cultures, including criticism of his work and methods. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.