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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dao X Tran
Publisher: Haymarket Books (2012, Nov 6th).
In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a peoples’ history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, César Chávez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. 101 Changemakers aims to provide young students with new ways of understanding how history is written and made. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Bob Shea
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2013, Feb 19th).
It's race day, and once and for all, it's time to determine the better feline: little cats or big cheetah.Cheetah might be bigger, taller, stronger, faster . . . but the little cats have some tricks up their sleeves, so don't count them out!With his signature wit and bold, graphic art, Bob Shea brings us an irresistible story about the difference between brains and brawn. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Candlewick (2013, Mar 12th).
Lily fears she has lost her favorite stuffed toy forever in Shirley Hughes’s wonderfully reassuring follow-up to Don’t Want to Go!It starts out as a regular trip to the store with Mom, but then Lily does a dreadful thing: she flings her beloved stuffed toy, Bobbo, high in the air, only to have him land on top of a school bus just as it’s pulling away! Lily is inconsolable. What if she never sees Bobbo again? Little does she know (though the reader can see) that Bobbo is having an exciting adventure at school — and will be well cared for until he finds his way back to Lily. In her deft portrayal of a preschooler’s worries, Shirley Hughes offers a comforting peek into an appealing world to come. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Josh Wilson
Format: Audio CD
Publisher: Sparrow Records (2013, Apr 9th).
Rising Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson returns with a highly anticipated new studio album, 'Carry Me'. Known for being one of the top pop Christian songwriters and author of 3 No. 1 Christian hit singles and over 200,000 career album sales, Wilson has been living up to his well-earned reputation as the future of Christian pop since his 2008 debut 'Trying to Fit The Ocean in a Cup'. Wilson's albums consistently pop up on Year-End Top Ten lists. Once again teaming up with acclaimed producer Matt Bronlewee, 'Carry Me' features first single, 'Carry Me' which goes for adds at Christian radio this coming January and once again exhibits Wilson's gift of relating the challenges of life and the need for a Savior like no one else. The song is a simple, honest prayer asking God to hold on to our fragile hearts a prayer Wilson has voiced repeatedly since first experiencing severe anxiety and panic attacks. moreMore Info | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robert G. Kaiser
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Knopf (2013, May 7th).
An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works—and doesn’t—that follows the dramatic journey of the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008.The founding fathers expected Congress to be the most important branch of government and gave it the most power. When Congress is broken—as its justifiably dismal approval ratings suggest—so is our democracy. Here, Robert G. Kaiser, whose long and distinguished career at The Washington Post has made him as keen and knowledgeable an observer of Congress as we have, takes us behind the sound bites to expose the protocols, players, and politics of the House and Senate—revealing both the triumphs of the system and (more often) its fundamental flaws. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tom Brokaw
Publisher: National Geographic (2013, May 7th).
A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he became a credentialed war correspondent, preparing to leave her behind to go overseas. The couple spent months apart in the summer and fall of 1942, as Cronkite sailed on convoys to England and North Africa across the submarine-infested waters of the North Atlantic. After a brief December leave in New York City spent with his young wife, Cronkite left again on assignment for England. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lucas Mann
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Pantheon (2013, May 7th).
An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of the story of the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings. Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Their coaches, some of whom have spent nearly half a century in the game, watch from the dugout. In the bleachers, local fans call out from the same seats they’ve occupied year after year. And in the distance, smoke rises from the largest remaining factory in a town that once had more millionaires per capita than any other in America. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Josh Hanagarne
Publisher: Gotham (2013, May 2nd).
An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when—while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Weight Watchers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Anv edition (2013, Apr 30th).
We’re having a celebration of food for cooks who love to eat well—and eat smart!Weight Watchers cookbooks are trusted by anyone who is excited about cooking delicious, healthy food. And with the more than 280 recipes in Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook, healthy cooks (and anyone who aspires to be one!) everywhere now have the opportunity to sample a collection of many treasured favorites. These delicious dishes have been updated, featuring fresh ingredients, how-to tips, Weight Watchers lore, and nutritional info and PointsPlus® values for the newest program, Weight Watchers 360˚. Inside you’ll find…• Classics like Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese and Garden Vegetable Soup • Savory Italian fare such as Sausage Focaccia and Pizza Margherita• Healthy takes on hearty dishes such as Buffalo Chicken Wings and Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie• Bold-flavor favorites such as Asian Noodle Soup with Tofu and Shrimp; and Ham, Pepper and Onion Calzones• Hearty salads that make a meal, like Caesar, Chef, and Cobb• Retro faves such as Deviled Eggs and Fudgy Brownie Pudding CakeWeight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook is a great resource, whether you’re in search of a quick-fix dinner for tonight or planning a week’s worth of menus. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Zondervan (2013, Apr 23rd).
Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes? When life doesn't go as expected, it's easy to feel like a victim. We look at the events that have gone wrong and view our lives as impaired. What if we could see our future as God sees it? Would our view radically change if we understood we are indeed victims rather than of happenstance? God, the Relentless Lover, has vigorously sought you. He has instilled dreams in your heart that are grander than you can imagine. But the route to their fulfillment often is through a path you wouldn't seek. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability