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By Russell Freedman. 2016
Backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged… to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.<P><P> <P><b>Jane Addams Children's Book Award Medal Winner <P>Winner of the Sibert Honor</b>
World War II: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: World at War, 1944 (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker #36)
By Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Carlo Molinari. 2017
In the next Magic Tree House® Fact Tracker, track the facts about World War II—with Jack and Annie! When Jack… and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: World at War, 1944, they had lots of questions. How did World War II begin? Why were so many innocent people killed? What was D-Day? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie learn all about one of the darkest hours of history. Filled with up-to-date information, photographs, illustrations, and tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discover in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use the Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet Common Core text pairing needs. Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House website at MagicTreeHouse.com! Did you know there’s a Magic Tree House book for every reader? Find the perfect book for you: Classic: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just starting to read chapter books. F&P Level M. Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced Magic Tree House® reader. F&P Level N. Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure with Jack and Annie. F&P Level P. Fact Trackers: Non-fiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House® adventures
By Patrick Bishop. 2010
The Battle of Britain is the epic story of the fight for control of the skies over England in the… bitterly long summer of 1940. Bestselling author Patrick Bishop's compelling day-to-day chronicle is enhanced with eye-witness accounts, diary extracts and pilot profiles, as the horrific reality of air combat is vividly portrayed in this account of the life and death struggle between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe. This is the story Britain's "finest hour," a fight for national survival that had a profound impact on servicemen and civilians alike, and ultimately proved to be a key a turning point in the course of the war.
By Kelly Coyne, Erik Knutzen. 2008
The expanded, updated version of the best-selling classic, with a dozen new projects."A delightfully readable and very useful guide to… front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat."-BoingBoing.net"...the contemporary bible on the subject."-The New York TimesThis celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.Learn how to:Grow food on a patio or balconyPreserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheeseCompost with wormsKeep city chickensDivert your grey water to your gardenClean your house without toxinsGuerilla garden in public spacesCreate the modern homestead of your dreams
By Jeremy Dronfield, Lee Trimble. 2015
Near the end of World War II, thousands of Allied ex-POWs were abandoned to wander the war-torn Eastern Front, modern… day Ukraine. With no food, shelter, or supplies, they were an army of dying men.The Red Army had pushed the Nazis out of Russia. As they advanced across Poland, the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated. In defiance of humanity, the freed Allied prisoners were discarded without aid. The Soviets viewed POWs as cowards, and regarded all refugees as potential spies or partisans.The United States repeatedly offered to help recover their POWs, but were refused. With relations between the allies strained, a plan was conceived for an undercover rescue mission. In total secrecy, the OSS chose an obscure American air force detachment stationed at a Ukrainian airfield; it would provide the base and the cover for the operation. The man they picked to undertake it was veteran 8th Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert Trimble.With little covert training, already scarred by the trials of combat, Trimble took the mission. He would survive by wit, courage, and a determination to do some good in a terrible war. Alone he faced up to the terrifying Soviet secret police, saving hundreds of lives. At the same time he battled to come to terms with the trauma of war and find his own way home to his wife and child.One ordinary man. One extraordinary mission. A thousand lives at stake.This is the compelling, inspiring true story of an American hero who laid his life on the line to bring his fellow men home to safety and freedom.INCLUDES PHOTOS
By David Groff, Meg Belviso, Pamela D. Pollack. 2013
"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small… band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, young readers will relive this famous moment in Texas history.
By Patrick Wilson. 2015
Elite soldiers often operate in hard-to-reach locations or far behind enemy lines. If one of them is injured, medical attention… is rarely readily available. For this reason, soldiers must be trained to treat injuries themselves. This book will show you how to treat some of the most common injuries and illnesses that you're likely to get in the wilderness. Whether it's a small problem like a blister or a major health concern like a heart attack, it's important to know how to deal with any injury or medical problem. Learn how to: * treat someone who has eaten a poisonous plant. * set broken legs after a climbing fall. * deal with hypothermia, when the body's temperature drops dangerously low. * provide treatment for severe burns. * stop a person from bleeding to death.
National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan turns his historian s eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an… epic cautionary tale for our time On the afternoon of August 20 1910 a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington Idaho and Montana whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires but no living person had seen anything like those flames and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot that follows is equally resonant Pioneering the notion of conservation Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure owned by every citizen Even as TR s national forests were smoldering they were saved The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today
By Henry David Thoreau. 2001
Based on an 1839 boat trip Thoreau took with his brother from Concord, Massachusetts, to Concord, New Hampshire, and back,… this classic of American literature is not only a vivid narrative of that journey, it is also a collection of thought-provoking observations on such diverse topics as poetry, literature and philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friendship, sacred Eastern writings, traditional Christianity, and much more.Written, like Walden, while Thoreau lived at Walden Pond, and published in 1849, A Week (his first book) shares many themes with Walden, published in 1854. Both dramatize the process of self-renewal in nature and resolutely rail against the official culture and politics of the "trivial Nineteenth Century." Blending keen observation with a wealth of perceptive and informed reflections, Thoreau develops a continuous and lyrical dialogue between the past and present, as particular scenes on shore trigger reflections on the region's history and legends.Originally conceived as a travel book, A Week eventually became much more -- one of the most intellectually ambitious works of 19th-century America, and a requiem for Thoreau's brother John, who died from a sudden illness in 1842.Of Thoreau and this work, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "H. D. Thoreau is a great man in Concord, a man of original genius and character. . . . I think it [A Week. . .] is a book of wonderful merit, which is to go far and last long."
By Roger Hesketh. 2000
p Behind the astonishing success of D-Day was the most sophisticated deception scheme ever devised Its code name… was Fortitude and its objective was to persuade the enemy that the long-awaited landings would take place in the Pas-de-Calais and that any attack in Normandy could be safely ignored p The Nazis relied on aerial reconnaissance wireless intercepts news from London-based diplomats and reports from the Abwehr s extensive network of agents to predict the time and place of the Allied offensive and much of this misinformation was helpfully supplied by Roger Hesketh s team of deception specialists who coordinated the most complex conjuring trick of the century p The classified official history of the entire operation written by Roger Hesketh as Allied counter-intelligence experts were gathering the evidence of what had been accomplished in early 1945 has at last been declassified and released In i Fortitude i the intricate details of this fantastic diversionary scheme are disclosed with the type of immediacy that can only come from first-hand material p
By Dan van der Vat. 2010
The British Navy's catastrophic attempt to pass through the Dardanelles to Constantinople was a turning point in the history of… World War I, and its repercussions still affect us today. Acclaimed naval military expert Dan van der Vat argues that the disaster at the Dardanelles prolonged the war by two years, led to the Russian Revolution, forced Britain to the brink of starvation, and contributed to the destabilization of the Middle East. With never before published information on Colonel Geehl's mine laying operation, which won the battle for the Germans, The Dardanelles Disaster is essential reading for everyone interested in great naval history, Churchill's early career, and World War I.
By Andr s Ruzo. 2016
In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific study a young exuberant explorer and geoscientist journeys deep into… the Amazon--where rivers boil and legends come to life P P When Andr s Ruzo was just a small boy in Peru his grandfather told him the story of a mysterious legend There is a river deep in the Amazon which boils as if a fire burns below it Twelve years later Ruzo--now a geoscientist--hears his aunt mention that she herself had visited this strange river P Determined to discover if the boiling river is real Ruzo sets out on a journey deep into the Amazon What he finds astounds him In this long wide and winding river the waters run so hot that locals brew tea in them small animals that fall in are instantly cooked As he studies the river Ruzo faces challenges more complex than he had ever imaged P The Boiling River follows this young explorer as he navigates a tangle of competing interests--local shamans illegal cattle farmers and loggers and oil companies This true account reads like a modern-day adventure complete with extraordinary characters captivating plot twists and jaw-dropping details--including stunning photographs and a never-before-published account about this incredible natural wonder Ultimately though The Boiling River is about a man trying to understand the moral obligation that comes with scientific discovery --to protect a sacred site from misuse neglect and even from his own discovery
By Todd Hasak-Lowy, Michael Gruenbaum. 2002
Resilience shines throughout a boy's firsthand, present-tense account of life in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, an ideal… companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box.Michael "Misha" Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto in Prague. Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp. At Terezin, Misha roomed with forty other boys who became like brothers to him. Life in Terezin was a bizarre, surreal balance--some days were filled with friendship and soccer matches, while others brought mortal terror as the boys waited to hear the names on each new list of who was being sent "to the East." Those trains were going to Auschwitz. When the day came that his family's name appeared on a transport list, their survival called for a miracle--one that tied Michael's fate to a carefully sewn teddy bear, and to his mother's unshakeable determination to keep her children safe. Collaborating with acclaimed author Todd Hasak-Lowy, Michael Gruenbaum shares his inspiring story of hope in an unforgettable memoir that recreates his experiences with stunning immediacy. Michael's story, and the many original documents and photos included alongside it, offer an essential contribution to Holocaust literature.
By Nimrod Tal, Tatiana Prorokova, Iain A. MacInnes, Kenton Worcester, Emir Pasanovic, Harriet E.H. Earle, James Kelley, Joe Lockard, Christina M. Knopf, Peter C. Valenti, Silvia G. Kurlat Ares, Yasmine Nachabe Taan. 2018
Cultures of War in Graphic Novels examines the representation of small-scale and often less acknowledged conflicts from around the world… and throughout history. The contributors look at an array of graphic novels about conflicts such as the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), the Irish struggle for national independence (1916-1998), the Falkland War (1982), the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the Rwandan genocide (1994), the Israel-Lebanon War (2006), and the War on Terror (2001-). The book explores the multi-layered relation between the graphic novel as a popular medium and war as a pivotal recurring experience in human history. The focus on largely overlooked small-scale conflicts contributes not only to advance our understanding of graphic novels about war and the cultural aspects of war as reflected in graphic novels, but also our sense of the early twenty-first century, in which popular media and limited conflicts have become closely interrelated.
By Christopher J Gilbert, Claudia Breger, David Campbell, De Witt Kilgore, Diane Rubenstein, James Der Derian, Jeremy G Gordon, Jody Madeira, John Louis Lucaites, Jon Simons, Nina Berman, Purnima Bose, Rebecca A Adelman, Roger Stahl, Wendy Kozol. 2017
In/Visible War addresses a paradox of twenty-first century American warfare. The contemporary visual American experience of war is ubiquitous, and… yet war is simultaneously invisible or absent; we lack a lived sense that “America” is at war. This paradox of in/visibility concerns the gap between the experiences of war zones and the visual, mediated experience of war in public, popular culture, which absents and renders invisible the former. Large portions of the domestic public experience war only at a distance. For these citizens, war seems abstract, or may even seem to have disappeared altogether due to a relative absence of visual images of casualties. Perhaps even more significantly, wars can be fought without sacrifice by the vast majority of Americans. Yet, the normalization of twenty-first century war also renders it highly visible. War is made visible through popular, commercial, mediated culture. The spectacle of war occupies the contemporary public sphere in the forms of celebrations at athletic events and in films, video games, and other media, coming together as MIME, the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network.
By Henry David Thoreau. 2014
The oft-quoted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for two works: Walden and Civil Disobedience. Walden, first published in… 1854, documents the time Thoreau spent living with nature in a hand-built cabin in the woods near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. A minor work in its own time, Walden burgeoned in popularity during the counter culture movement of the 1960s. Civil Disobedience is thought to have originated after Thoreau spent a night in jail for refusing to pay taxes to a government with whose policies he did not agree. Assigning greater importance to the conscience of the individual than the governing law, Civil Disobedience is an internationally admired work that is known to have influenced writer Leo Tolstoy and political activist Mahatma Gandhi, and many members of the American Civil Rights Movement. Now available together in one chic and affordable edition as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, Walden and Civil Disobedience makes an attractive addition to any library
By Paul A. Johnsgard. 2017
With Paul A. Johnsgard, we follow the migration of the sandhill cranes from the American Southwest to their Alaskan breeding… grounds and back again, an annual pattern that has persisted over millions of years. By selecting four historic time frames of the migration between 1860 and 1980, Johnsgard illustrates how humans have influenced the flocks and how different American cultures have variously responded to the birds and perceived their value. Each section focuses on the interactions between children of four different American cultures and sandhill cranes, triggered by events occurring during the annual life cycle of the cranes. The story is enriched by the author’s exquisite illustrations, by Zuni prayers, and by Inuit and Pueblo legends. With a new preface and afterword and a new gallery of photographs by the author, Those of the Gray Wind is a classic story of a timeless ritual that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden… throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that's it--it's gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling--of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. This empowering book also calls young adult readers to action with suggestions as to how they can preserve the variety of one of our most valuable food sources through simple everyday actions. Readers of Michael Pollen will enjoy the depth and fascinatingly intricate social economy of seeds.
By Lola Kaufman, Lois Metzger. 2008
A gripping tale of one young girl's struggle to survive during the Holocaust. When her mother is killed by the… Gestapo, a Jewish girl named Lola is sent into hiding. At first, Lola secretly lives in the home of a Ukrainian woman. But when someone threatens to expose her to the Nazis, Lola must flee again, this time hiding with another family in a dirt hole beneath a barn for 9 months. Struggling against cold and hunger, the hidden family lives under the constant threat of discovery. Lola has lost everything--her home and her family. All she has left is one article of clothing, a dress lovingly embroidered by her mother. Will Lola ever find safety--or freedom?
By John Wilson. 2009
World War Two was the greatest conflict in human history. It gave birth to the Atomic Age, the Cold War… and the economic boom of the 1950s and 60s, and planted the seeds of today’s Middle East crises. But it is not distant history. Most Canadians have relatives who were part of this world-wide tragedy. Bitter Ashes puts these events in context for them. This book in the illustrated historical series Stories of Canada is a companion to Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI. A clear and concise text leads the reader though the major military and political events and issues of the war. Sidebars add detail and a personal element. Every page is illustrated with either photographs or maps.