Sam Campbell's school team, the Laggan Lairds, always loses. When someone suggests that their name be the Laggan Lard Butts, Sam thinks the team should change its name. What is a Laird anyway? The basketball coach agrees, and soon the whole school is involved in an election for a new team name. Sam and his friends nominate the name Lard Butts. When the basketball team starts winning games after a warm-up cheer of "Go Lard Butts!" it seems the Lard Butt campaign might actually win the election.
Cam Newton may have won the 2016 MVP award in the NFL, but see why he may just be the league's MVP outside of football as he works tirelessly to help children in need across the country.
Learn what life is like for a professional dancer and find out if its the right career for you.
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.
Brings to light 12 deserted cities and places such as the ancient city of Angkor Wat which was hidden deep in the Cambodian jungle for centuries; Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan that was once mined for its rich coal reserves unitl abandoned in the 1970's; Machu Picchu that was built more than 2,400 meters above sea level in Peru; and more. The book features historic photos, interesting sidebars, and thought-provoking prompts.
Brings to light 12 of history's secret groups including The Knights Templar whose purpose was to protect travelers to holy sites after the Crusades; The Freemasons, one of the world's oldest secret societies that performs chartiy work; The Molly Maguires who began in Ireland in the 1840s as a secret society that stood up against landlords and bosses who treated them poorly; and more. The book features historic photos, interesting sidebars, and thought-provoking prompts.
Switzerland is a country of many faces! People from all over the world make this neutral land home. Even though it has four official languages and a diverse population, Switzerland’s culture has deep roots and memorable customs. Yodel from the top of the Alps and dip into cheese-filled fondue pots while turning the pages of this Country Profiles title!
A beautifully vast landscape and respectful culture fill the country of Cambodia. Despite a history of persecution and danger, Cambodians celebrate their freedom and customs with joy! In this title, readers will step into Cambodia with a walk through Angkor Wat, and then learn about the nation’s celebrations, wildlife, and more!
Guatemala is a nation filled with with diversity! People with Maya and Spanish roots as well as other ethnicities bring a rich culture. The land houses black beaches, volcanoes, and highlands as well as a wide array of wildlife. Take a trip through the pages of this title and explore Guatemala through engaging text, vibrant photos, and fascinating facts!
Zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles march across the Kenyan savanna while lions lazily nap through the heat of the day. The nation’s wildlife shares the land with the majority of Kenya’s many tribes and other ethnic groups. Celebrate the life and beauty of Kenya through informative text and eye-catching photos!
Pacific waves wash upon the shores of Peru’s coastal beaches while people spend their days surfing and soaking in the sun. The Andes stretch through the center, creating a rugged landscape for the tough willed. The mountains descend into the tropical Amazon in the west where wildlife flourishes. Take a trip and meet the people of this warm and welcoming South American country with this informative title!
South Sudan’s recent beginnings stem from people seeking freedom and peace. As the nation grows, the values of tribal strength and independence add to the natural wonder that spans across the savannas and swamplands. Readers will explore the people, customs, land, and much more in this title about South Sudan.
The role of bodyguard or "close protection officer is highly misunderstood. In action films, threats are obvious: ski-mask wearing gunmen fire at the client from a speeding black Suburban truck. In real life, threats may be harder to assess. If a crowd of unarmed protesters pushes towards the client and blocks access to the client's car and the building he is being escorted to, this poses a threat. The client is caught outside of the two "safe zones" (car and building). However, bodyguards have no legal right to use force in a public place unless they or the client is being attacked. The bodyguards will call the police, but they may not arrive for ten to twenty minutes. This interesting new book examines the different types of bodyguard police, military and civilian; their training; typical roles; the equipment they use; weapons; bodyguards and the law; evasive driving; and life as a bodyguard.
What qualities does it take to walk up to an unexploded bomb or mine and coolly and calmly examine it? To slowly and painstakingly, remove the cover and attempt to defuse it. To be completely alone while everyone else has taken cover? The rise of terrorism in the 21st Century and the evolution of car bombs and other improvised explosive devices mean that bomb disposal officers are in high demand once again in places as far apart as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. This book looks at life as a bomb or mine disposal officer and covers what sort of person becomes a bomb disposal officer; a day in the life; training; types of device; the history of bomb disposal from WW1 to the present day in Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan.
There are no second places in aerial combat. Fighter pilots have perhaps the most dangerous job of all pilots engaging other aircraft in order to shoot them down, or flying over enemy territory to drop bombs. Learning to master flying such a complex jet is only part of the job. Ultimately, a fighter jet is no more than a weapons platform, and the pilot must be better than his or her rivals in using the jet's weapons. This book will examine what it takes to become a fighter pilot; what the job is like; the jets and equipment required; and what its like to fly at twice the speed of sound in pursuit of an enemy.
In the age of 24-hour news television, some war correspondents have become media stars by "embedding," or attaching, themselves to a particular military unit in order to follow and report on their activities. Journalists who report on conflicts keep the world's citizens up to date by showing the reality of war. In the last century, the safety of war correspondents was usually respected by both sides involved in a conflict. Not so in modern warfare. War correspondents not only have to fear being killed or wounded in an attack they are reporting on, they have increasingly become the direct targets of violence and kidnapping themselves. This book describes the dangerous process of reporting on war and steps correspondents take to ensure their safety.
Located in the heart of central Europe, this small country is perhaps best known for the views of the scenic Alps. In addition to its natural beauty, Austria has been a hub for European culture since the days of the Roman Empire. Find out more about the Austrian way of life in this title for young students.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Covered in thick forests, this tropical country was a part of the Spanish Empire for around 300 years. Become introduced to Nicaraguans and their way of life in this elementary title for young students.
Singapore is a small island located in southeast Asia. Originally an island for fishers and pirates, it was colonized by the English in the 1800s. Now almost the entire island is part of the city! Young students will learn more about this bustling area and its people in this informative read.
One of the easternmost countries in Africa, Somalia is called a nation of poets. Although Somalia did not have an official alphabet until 1972, spoken poetry has been around for centuries. In this title for young readers, learn about the storied past of a country working to overcome war.
Each year, thousands of animals thunder across Tanzania’s vast Serengeti Plain during their migration. Nearby, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world towers over the country. Discover what other wonders this East African nation holds in this fact-filled title for students.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, the area that is now Lebanon was ruled by the powerful Phoenicians. Their empire helped lay the foundation for this modern, bustling country. Take a trip to the Lebanon of the past and present in this informative title for students.
Packed into the small country of Ecuador is some of the most diverse wildlife. All kinds of amazing animals hide in the thick Amazon rain forest and brave the steep slopes of the Andes Mountains. Discover more about these unique species and learn other facts about this fascinating country in a wild read for young students.
On the grassy Pampas of Uruguay, gauchos carry on a history of the South American cowboy. But these rugged ranchers are just one part of the country’s rich culture. In this title, young learners can read about the people, animals, and daily life of this small yet proud nation.
Full of history and peppered with paprika, Hungary is home to rich culture and delicious food. Although it shares similarities with its central European neighbors, Hungary’s unique language and traditions set it apart from the rest. Find out what makes this country so memorable in this title for eager learners.