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New Books October to January

Mesmerized: how Ben Franklin solved a mystery that baffled all of France by Mara Rockliff

1776: Paris was abuzz about Dr. Mesmer, who claimed to have discovered a remarkable new force. The king of France asked a visiting Ben Franklin to investigate. Great book to introduce the scientific process.
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Think Outside the Box by Gareth Moore

Pit your wits against these super-cool puzzles and see where they take you!

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Never Smile at a Monkey: and 17 other important things to remember by Steve Jenkins

Discover how dangerous an animal can be when it feels threatened or trapped.

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I Survived Nature Attacks: four terrifying tales of disaster and survival by Lauren Tarshis

Gripping true stories of real kids who have survived horrifying disasters from the author of the New York Times-bestselling I Survived series! The author of the New York Times-bestselling I Survived series brings us four more harrowing true stories of real kids in the midst of horrible disasters. From 14-year-old Joseph Dunn who was the lone survivor of the Shark Attacks of 1916, to 9-year-old Mike Kramer who, with the help of his quick-thinking parents, survived the Peshtigo fire of 1871 (which took place on the very same day in history as the Great Chicago Fire!), to the 13-year-old girl who survived a terrifying attack by a box jellyfish, this is a collection of unforgettable narrative non-fiction stories of unimaginable destruction -- and, against all odds, survival.591.6 Tar

Neighborhood Sharks: hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

An up close look at the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them - just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Thirsty!: could you find water in the world's wildest places? by Stephanie Turnbull

Explains the dangers, and tells you how you can be prepared. It shows how you can safely find water in the terrain or in the plants around you. And it includes real life stories of people who have survived extreme thirst

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Simple Pattern Building Techniques by Carolyn Franklin

Art doodling stimulates creativity and develops drawing skills. Discover the thrill of using simple shapes and lines to build up complex patterns. Step-by-step guides lead you from first sketch through to finished artwork. Learn how to deconstruct complicated patterns. Packed with inspirational ideas and designs that show how easily patterned artwork can be created.

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Masterpiece by Grace Tran

Winner of the Scholastic Kids are Authors contest for 2016.


What Makes Sports Gear Safer? by Kevin Kurtz

This book uses engineering, science, and common sense to examine the clothing and sports equipment technology we have in place to keep us safe.

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Game Changer: John McLendon and the secret game by John Coy

Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever.

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When Jackie and Hank Met by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

Relates the moment when baseball players Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg met at a collision at home plate, and, despite being encouraged by the crowd, decided not to engage in a fight, and discusses the challenges the two men overcame throughout their lives and their legacies.

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--Provided by publisher.811 Woo

I am Roberto Clemente by Jim Gigliotti

I was a baseball hero and an inspiring humanitarian. I am Roberto Clemente. A unique hero, Roberto Clemente is not only famous for his impressive baseball career, but also for his generous humanitarian efforts. Nearly 40 years ago, the same year he swung his 3,000th major league baseball hit, he died in an airplane accident on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims. His heroics on the field earned him a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the first Latin American to be granted access. Just in time for Hispanic heritage month, learn all about this legend's life from his inspiring beginnings to his tragic end. This book will feature a full-color illustrated cover, one-color illustrations throughout, a detailed time line, introductions to other notable people from the story, a map, sidebars, and a top-ten list of important things to know about Roberto Clemente.

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Portraints of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera

"Showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics."--Provided by publisher.

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Through Jane's Eyes: lessons learned from Dr. Jane Goodall

Winner of the Scholastic Kids are Authors contest 2015. This book was written by a group of elementary students and would be a great resource to introduce the biography to students.

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Gingerbread for Liberty!: how a German baker helped win the American revolution by Mara Rockliff

A stirring picture book biography about a forgotten hero of the American Revolution who rose to the occasion and served his country, not with muskets or canons, but with gingerbread! Includes a gingerbread recipe.

Who is/Who were series

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. This is a verse novel that won the Newbery Award for 2015.

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The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

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Lilliput by Sam Gayton

She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits below her, writing in a leather-bound book. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping.

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