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  Cover Art: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets : Six-word Memoirs By Teens Famous & Obscure : from Smith Magazine I Can't Keep My Own Secrets : Six-word Memoirs By Teens Famous & Obscure : from Smith Magazine
184 p. 2009
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Game for Swallows : to Die to Leave to Return Abirached, Zeina
A Game for Swallows : to Die to Leave to Return
When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it's just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. Together they try to make it through a dramatic evening in the one place they hoped they would always be safe--home.
187 p. 2012
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Frederick Douglass : a Noble Life Adler, David A.
Frederick Douglass : a Noble Life
When, in 1879, a bust in his likeness was placed at the University of Rochester, Frederick Douglass wrote: "Incidents of this character do much amaze me. It is not, however, the height to which I have risen, but the depth from which I have come that amazes me." This biography tells the story of his ascent from slavery.
138 p. 2010
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: An Unspeakable Crime : the Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank Alphin, Elaine Marie
An Unspeakable Crime : the Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank
Leo Frank, a factory superintendent and a Jew, was falsely accused of raping a 13-yr-old girl. While in prison, a mob stormed the prison and lynched him.
152 p. 2010
Teen Nonfiction Book 364.1523 A 2010
  Cover Art: Janis Joplin : Rise Up Singing Angel, Ann
Janis Joplin : Rise Up Singing
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story--told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel--is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It's the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it's the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.
120 p. 2010
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Steve Jobs : the Man Who Thought Different Blumenthal, Karen
Steve Jobs : the Man Who Thought Different
From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.
310 p. 2012
Teen Nonfiction Book 921 J579 2012
  Cover Art: His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg : Courage Rescue and Mystery During World War II Borden, Louise
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg : Courage Rescue and Mystery During World War II
An amazing and inspirational World War II story about how one man saved the lives of many, written in verse.
135 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book 940.5318 B 2012
  Cover Art: A Street Cat Named Bob : and How he Saved My Life Bowen, James, 1979-
A Street Cat Named Bob : and How he Saved My Life
When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.
viii, 279 pages 2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Year We Disappeared : a Father-daughter Memoir Busby, Cylin
The Year We Disappeared : a Father-daughter Memoir
Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.
329 p. 2008
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Leaving Glorytown : One Boy's Struggle Under Castro Calcines, Eduardo F.
Leaving Glorytown : One Boy's Struggle Under Castro
When Eduardo Calcines was three years old, Communists took control of Cuba. Eleven years passed before Calcines and his family were finally able to leave the country. Now sixty-three, Calcines, a successful American businessman, recounts what it was like to grow up under Fidel Castro's rule.
221 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Double Take : a Memoir Connolly, Kevin Michael
Double Take : a Memoir
Connolly's account of his life as someone born without legs. This is his story of his journeys around the world and his discovery of what it truly means to be human.
227 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Sir Charlie : Chaplin the Funniest Man in the World Fleischman, Sid
Sir Charlie : Chaplin the Funniest Man in the World
A Newbery Medalist presents one of the most compelling rags-to-riches stories of modern times, in this biography of the legendary Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin. Includes archival prints and photos.
268 p. 2010
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Trouble Begins at 8 : a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West Fleischman, Sid
The Trouble Begins at 8 : a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West
Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West. Mark Twain was a rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time.
224 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 T911
  Cover Art: The Great and Only Barnum : the Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum Fleming, Candace
The Great and Only Barnum : the Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum
Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.
151 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future : Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned Fox, Michael J.
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future : Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches.
100 p. 2010
Teen Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Stolen into Slavery : the True Story of Solomon Northup Free Black Man Fradin, Judith Bloom
Stolen into Slavery : the True Story of Solomon Northup Free Black Man
The true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and spent 12 years as a slave on deadly Louisiana coastal plantations.
120 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 N798 2012
  Cover Art: Hole in My Life Gantos, Jack
Hole in My Life
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
199 p. 2002
Teen Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy Giblin, James
The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy
Who was the real Joe McCarthy? Was he an American hero who alerted the country to the threat of Communist subversion or a demagogue who played cynically on the nation's fears?
294 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book (Biography) 921 M124 2009
  Cover Art: Andy Warhol : Prince of Pop Greenberg, Jan
Andy Warhol : Prince of Pop
Andy Warhol, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, is well known for his Pop Art masterpieces. But there is more to Warhol than that: he also made films, launched 'Interview' magazine, and forsaw the convergence of art, Hollywood fashion and business as the trend of the future.
193 p. 2004
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 W22
  Cover Art: Rapture Practice : a True Story Hartzler, Aaron
Rapture Practice : a True Story
In this funny and heartfelt coming of age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family who loves him. It's a story about losing your faith, finding your place, and learning your very own truth- which is always stranger than fiction.
390 p. 2013
Teen Nonfiction Book
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