I carried messages for the Resistance. Secret messages from fighter to fighter. There were German soldiers everywhere. I was always in danger. These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the pas--and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery.
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 tail gunner tries to keep his crew and his plane safe as Britain's Bomber Command Force carries out a bombing raid over Germany during World War II.
An historical account of the global refugee crisis, including the events that have triggered ongoing crises, the people involved, the border politics and camp-construction issues, and the lingering aftermath.
An historical account of extreme weather events and climate patterns, including human events leading up to observable changes, the people involved in studying trends, and the lingering aftermath.
An historical account of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including the events leading up to the 2002 conflict, the people involved, the political instability and insurgency that arose, and the lingering aftermath.
There are certain moments in history that are so significant that they become Turning Points, moments that put a bookmark in time and cause the events that follow to be measured by a different standard. From natural disasters caused by extreme climate changes to the rise of social media, from the War in Iraq to the current global refugee crisis, such times are often fraught with conflict and tension. This series puts each event in its historical context and follows the trajectory of its immediate aftermath and continuing global effects today. A timeline adds further historical context, while “Pointing Out” sidebars present related topics and perspectives.
An historical account of the social media boom, including the technological advancements that enabled widespread Internet use, the people involved, how companies such as Facebook and Twitter capitalized on it, and the lingering aftermath.
Six million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust. Children were not spared. But some managed to survive. Large numbers were sent to concentration camps. Others were hidden by friends and neighbors. Some were smuggled across borders. Many lost their families. Still, they did not give up. These are their stories of survival.
Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around corn, the most ubiquitous crop in the United States. It explores corn’s many uses, complex supply chain, and attendant environmental debates. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.
An examination of the art movement known as Late Modernism from its beginnings in the 1940s to its decline in the 1970s, including an introduction to great artists and works.
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.
Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney has led a sheltered life. But when her twin brother, Jonathan, dies of consumption, Christina, unwilling to be farmed out as a nursemaid or teacher, runs away from home and her destiny. In Owen Sound she boards the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes. She doesn't really have a plan other than to get to Sault Ste. Marie. She'll figure things out once she's settled. But a violent storm suddenly rises on Georgian Bay, and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina is tossed overboard. Pulled to safety just before she loses consciousness, she finds herself on a lifeboat, surrounded by a number of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew. One by one they succumb to their injuries, until only Christina and a brooding young man named Daniel are left alive. The usual rules of society no longer apply - Daniel and Christina must now work together as equals to survive. Big Water is a Fal account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882.
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.
From the Patty Hearst kidnapping to the Oklahoma City bombing, these cases kept America watching.
Explains the situations behind the cases of Leopold and Loeb, the Lindbergh kidnapper, the Rosenbergs, the Brown school segregation suit, the Manson family, the Pentagon Papers, and O.J. Simpson, and discusses the trials and aftermath.
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."
NASA Takes Photography into Space considers the work of NASA photographers as they began exploring space. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines the photography’s contributions to NASA’s overall mission, including how space exploration has pushed photography technology forward. 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.
A samurai fights for honor and survival in a real-life Game of Thrones. Stirring narrative nonfiction recounts the rise of Minamoto Yoshitsune from seemingly doomed infant to immortal warrior-hero (and one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history). Acclaimed author Pamela S. Turner delivers all the drama, romance, and tragedy of the original story--with delightfully dry wit and a healthy dose of modern perspective. Gorgeous ink paintings by celebrated graphic-novelist Gareth Hinds complete this irresistible package.
Explores the Cuban Missile Crisis and how that event has sculpted societies, the sciences, and politics.
A historical account of the Arab Spring, including the events leading up to the string of protests, the people involved, the conditions of political instability, and the lingering aftermath.
A historical account of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the events leading up to that day, the people involved, the monumental rescue and recovery efforts, and the lingering aftermath.
An examination of the communist form of government, including its basic ideologies and structure, its best-known leaders throughout history, and countries affected by its system of rule.
An examination of the democratic form of government, including its basic ideologies and structure, its best-known leaders throughout history, and countries affected by its system of rule.
An examination of the dictatorial form of government, including its basic ideologies and structure, its best-known leaders throughout history, and countries affected by its system of rule.