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Go Green

Alissa McGough Jo (author) Leslie Breen Withrow (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781640332379

Kids will learn the importance of words like: reduce, reuse, and recyle with this fact-filled book about respecting the earth. Fun facts called “Bug Bites” are presented by a silly bug that encourages kids to think about the importance of recycling aluminum, glass, and paper. Did you know that aluminum beverage containers can be recycled into new cans and put back onto the store shelves within 60 days? Or, did you know that the average home uses around 107,000 gallons of water each year? Bold, captivating illustrations and fun sound effects will keep kids learning and entertained as they listen to “Go Green!” Practical ideas are presented in a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about respecting our planet for future generations. Also, “Go Green” is a great way to celebrate “Earth Day”!

Disconnect

Lois Peterson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459801455

Since moving hundreds of miles to a new school, Daria has become increasingly dependent on her cell phone. Texts, Facebook and phone calls are her only connection to her friends in Calgary, and Daria needs to know everything that is going on at home to feel connected to her old life. Her cell phone habit looks a lot like addiction to her mother and to her new friend Cleo. Daria dismisses the idea of technology addiction as foolish until her habit puts a life in danger.

Forgotten Americans Who Made History

Tammy Gagne (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632357045

Brings to light 12 forgotten Americans who made history such as Mary Elizabeth Bowser who pretended to be a slave so she could spy on a powerful Confederate family; Dave Kopay who was the first professional athlete to publicly declare he was gay; Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were used to create treatments for cancer, HIV, and many other diseases; and more. The book features historic photos, interesting sidebars, and thought-provoking prompts.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Arts Great

Tristan Poehlmann (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356871

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose art contributions made our country great. From Jamaica's Claude McKay whose poetry sparked an art movement, to Greece's Chryssa whose neon sculptures lit up New York, to Venezuela's Tina Ramirez who created a new voice in the dance world, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Medicine Great

Meg Marquardt (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356895

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose medicine contributions made our country great. From Australia's Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered an enzyme in chromosones, to England's George Clowes who worked to establish chemotherapy as a treatment for cancer, to Lithuania's Andrew Schally who studied the growth of nerve cells in cancerous tumors, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies,.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Technology Great

Tristan Poehlmann (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356932

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose technology contributions made our country great. From Scotland's Alexander Graham Bell, founder of Bell Telephone and AT&T, to South Africa's Elon Musk, founder of aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and auto company Tesla, to Austria's Maria Telkes, best known for her invention of the first solar-powered heating system, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Politics Great

Diane Gimpel (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356901

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose political contributions made our country great. From Austria's Felix Frankfurter who served on the Supreme Court and started the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), to Czechoslovakia's Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the postion of Secretary of State, to Thailand's Tammy Duckworth, who became the first woman elected to Congress who was hurt fighting for America, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies,.

12 Immigrants Who Made the American Military Great

Paige Smith (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356949

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose american military contributions made our country great. From Sweden's John Ericsson who was a naval engineer and inventor of the first armoured turret warship and screw propeller, to Russia's Igor Sikorsky who was an engineer and inventor known for crafting the first four-engine plane and the first working helicopter, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Sports Great

Janet Slingerland (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356925

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose sports contributions made our country great. From Nigeria's Hakeem Olajuwon who made his 7 foot mark playing basketball for the Houston Rockets, to Panama's Mariano (Mo) Rivera who became baseball's greatest closer, to Czechoslovakia's Martina Navratilova who was one of the world's top tennis players, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Science Great

Tristan Poehlmann (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356918

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose science contributions made our country great. From Croatia's Nikola Tesla who helped design electrical systems, to Germany's Maria Goeppert Mayer who studied the atomic nucleus, to Austria's Hedy Lamarr who invented a radio guidance system for torpedos, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Entertainment Great

Brandon Terrell (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356888

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose entertainment contributions made our country great. From England's John Lennon who changed rock and roll music forever, to Mexico's Salma Hayek whose talents go beyond the camera, to South Africa's Trevor Noah who made his mark as comedian and late night TV host, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

The 12 Worst Fires of All Time

Laura Perdew (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356543

Presents readers with the 12 most devastating fires of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each fire started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a fire.

The 12 Worst Health Disasters of All Time

Susan E. Hamen (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356567

Presents readers with the 12 most devastating health disasters of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each health disaster started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a health disaster.

The 12 Worst Human-Made Disasters of All Time

Susan E. Hamen (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781632356581

Presents readers with the 12 most devastating human-made disasters of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each human-made disaster started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a section on avoiding future human-made disasters.

I Am a Good Citizen

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179257

What does it mean to be a good citizen? What can kids do to become one? In this book, beginning readers will learn how they can help out to make their community a better place!

I Am Helpful

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179264

Helpful people make life easier! From doing chores to carrying groceries, there are many ways to help people around you. Beginning readers can learn about being helpful, from benefits to examples for everyday life in this informative title.

I Am Honest

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179271

It can be tempting to tell a white lie to avoid getting in trouble. But what would that tell others about the type of person you are? This title for early readers explores the benefits and results of being honest, and how readers can show their character in everyday life!

I Am Kind

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179288

Kindness is one of the top traits we look for in friends. What makes this quality so important? What happens when we aren’t kind? Young readers can explore this meaning of this virtue and learn how to exhibit it themselves in this helpful title.

I Am Respectful

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179295

How do we show respect to one another? It might be as easy as listening carefully or having good manners. This book teaches early readers about being respectful and how important it is to our lives and relationships.

I Am Responsible

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179301

Sometimes doing the right thing might seem boring. Why do homework when video games are much more fun? Beginning readers will learn all about the importance of responsibility and how they can be responsible, too, in this low-level title.

Kasey & Ivy

Alison Hughes (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815759

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

Shark

Jeff Ross (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459816831

Seventeen-year-old Mark "Shark" Hewitt is good at playing pool. Really good. When he, his mom and sister move to a new town, Mark immediately seeks out the local pool hall. He loves to play, but even more than that, he just loves hanging out with the regulars. It reminds him of good times with his dad, who is no longer in the picture. When one of the patrons notices Mark's natural gift for the game, he forces Mark to use his talent for profit. Now Mark has to find a way to get out from under this sleazeball's thumb and protect his family.

Swimming With Seals

Maggie De Vries (author) Janice Kun (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459813229

Ally isn't able to live with her mother. Instead she lives far, far away, on the other side of the country, with her gram and great-aunt. But one summer Ally goes to stay with her aunt and uncle in the "big city by the ocean" and gets to spend time with her mom. While exploring the shore, watching whales from the boat dipping into the salty water, Ally finds out something important: her mother loves to swim as much as she does. This is a very personal story. Ally is based on the author’s niece, Jeanie, and Ally's mother is based on the author's sister, Sarah, who went missing from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in 1998. Jeanie is like a seal in the water, and Sarah was just the same, but they never got to swim together. In this story, they do. Swimming with Seals is a story that was written for the thousands of children who long to live with their birth parents and will never fully understand why they can't.

Escalate

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459814851

Team Retribution has been contacted by a teen who is being blackmailed into handing over secrets from the family business. Jace, with the help of his brother, Bentley, start to investigate and soon learn that the teen's family, like his own, is not what it appears to be. Jace, after learning he was switched at birth, then sets out to track down his birth family. The Retribution series is made up of six books, the original three, Burned, Exposed and Unleashed, and the three sequels, Terminate, Infiltrate and Escalate, by authors Natasha Deen, Judith Graves and Sigmund Brouwer.

Learning Seventeen

Brooke Carter (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815544

New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive. Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you're wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the "prison" walls. Jane soon learns, though, that Hannah is quietly battling some demons of her own.