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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic (2011)
Robert  Burleigh
Vivid paintings and words detail Amelia Earhart’s first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932 from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Ireland. Amelia wants to make this crossing because “women must try to do things as men have tried”. Her skills, passion, courage and stamina are clearly seen as she struggles to navigate the red Vega through night thunderstorms, broken altimeter, icy wings, and natural human drowsiness as night passes. 
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: TL540.E3 B874 2011
 
Talk Talk Squawk: a Human's Guide to Animal Communication
Talk Talk Squawk: a Human's Guide to Animal Communication
Nicola Davies
This is an entertaining guide to the ways in which animals use methods such as scent, appearance, sound, and vibrations to send messages to each other, as well as the messages that they are sending. 
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: QL776.D376 2011
 
Titanic: Voices from the disaster
Titanic: Voices from the disaster (2012)
Deborah  Hopkinson
Read about the tragic sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in the words of the people who survived.  Read it with a couple of tissues.  Read it and let the words grab your attention and pull you into the experience.  Maybe read it with a life jacket on...
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: G530.T6 H66 2012
 
Just a Second
Just a Second (2011)
Steve  Jenkins
Did you know that moose antlers can grow 6 inches in one week?  Find out what can happen in one second, one minute, one hour, one week, one month, and one year.
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: QB209.5.J456
 
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Addams, and the True Story of an American Feud
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Addams, and the True Story of an American Feud
Suzanne Jurmain
Thomas Jefferson and John Addams had very different personalities and opinions about how the United States should be governed, and these differences almost ended their friendship.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: E332.2J86
 
The Lowdown on Denim
The Lowdown on Denim
Tanya  Kyi
Learn how jeans have changed through time, starting as a sturdy type of clothing for gold miners, then becoming a symbol of rebellion, and evolving into a personal statement.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: GT2085.K95 2011
 
Hatch!
Hatch!
Roxie Munro
Learn fascinating facts about nine different kinds of birds, including the "tigers in the sky" and the "crybabies of the world."  Large illustrations depict the eggs, habitat, young and adults for each kind of bird.
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: QL675.M86
 
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (2007)
Peter Sis
While growing up in Czechoslavakia, Peter Sis was told what to draw in school.  He writes a very personal account of the effects of Communism, the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall on the development of  a much beloved artist.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: NC975.5.S57 A2
 
Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson
Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson (2007)
Sue Stauffacher
Stauffacher tells the inspiring story of the first African American champion tennis player. In her childhood, Althea Gibson was a true tomboy and all-around athlete in Harlem. As an adult, she competed and won the Wimbledon Cup.
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: GV994.G53 S72
 
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