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Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Changed the World

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Copies: 6

"Bertha, Richard, and Eugen pushed a strange machine out of the shop and into the alley. They were sneaking away with Papa's invention!"

Bertha Benz is no ordinary woman. She's determined to show the world a revolutionary invention: the automobile.

With her two young boys, Bertha defies Germany's law against motor vehicles and sets out to drive nearly sixty miles in her husband's Benz Motorwagen. The vehicle hits many bumps in the road, but nothing can stop Bertha - she's fearless and resourceful, and a savvy hands-on mechanic.

Lexile: 
NC940L

Threads of Blue

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Copies: 6

A war took Mathilde away from her family when she was chosen to serve her country, Sofarende, with other children working on a secret military project.

But now the other children—including her best friend, Megs—have fled to safety, and Mathilde is all alone, determined to complete her mission.

Lexile: 
500L

Science Comics: Dogs, From Predator to Protector

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Copies: 6

How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What's the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to.

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Higher Steeper Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

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Discover the daring aviation pioneers who made the dream of powered flight a reality, forever changing the course of history.

Aviator Lincoln Beachey broke countless records: he looped-the-loop, flew upside down and in corkscrews, and was the first to pull his aircraft out of what was a typically fatal tailspin. As Beachey and other aviators took to the skies in death-defying acts in the early twentieth century, these innovative daredevils not only wowed crowds, but also redefined the frontiers of powered flight.

Lexile: 
1150L

Moto and Me: My Years as a Wildcat's Foster Mom

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Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. When a grass fire separates the serval from his family, a ranger asks Suzi, who is living in a bush camp and is skilled with animals, to be the serval’s foster mom.

Lexile: 
860L

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R. B. G. vs Inequality

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Copies: 6

When Ruth Bader was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and 1040s, women were not encouraged to work outside the home or go to college. But Ruth loved to read and learn. She went to Cornell University, where men outnumbered women four to one. There she found her calling as a lawyer, a job where she felt she could make a difference in the world.

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900L

The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming

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Copies: 6

High-spirited young Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s plan to bring Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory—but life out west isn’t at all what she expected.

Washington Territory is just the place for men of broad mind and sturdy constitution—and girls too, Jane figures, or Mr. Mercer wouldn’t have allowed her to come on his expedition to bring unmarried girls and Civil War widows out west.

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860L

The Secret Sheriff of the Sixth Grade

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Copies: 6

You don't need to be big or loud to be a hero. You just need to be brave.

In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really you didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids.

Lexile: 
760L

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

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Copies: 6

In this unique guide for young readers who dream of becoming writers, award-winning author Jack Gantos reveals his tried-and-true approaches to storytelling and shows you how to turn on your Writing Radar and use the everyday world around you for inspiration.

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Lexile: 
940L

When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World

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Copies: 5

Simon Winchester is an avid weather watcher. He’s scanned the skies in Oklahoma, waiting for the ominous “finger” of a tornado to touch the Earth. He’s hunkered down in Hong Kong when typhoon warning signals went up. He’s visited the world’s hottest and wettest places, reported on fierce whirlpools, and sailed around South Africa looking for freak winds and waves.

He knows about the worst weather in the world.

Lexile: 
1180L

The Secret Project

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Copies: 5

Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book.

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NC790L

John Deere, That's Who!

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Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who!

Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please?

Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!

Beautiful illustrations―including spectacular landscapes―reflect the time period and bring John Deere's remarkable story to life.

Lexile: 
860L

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine.

When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!

Lexile: 
780L

The Magician and the Spirits

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Copies: 6

A century ago, the curious idea that spirits not only survive death but can be contacted on the “other side” was widespread. Psychic mediums led countless séances, claiming to connect the grieving with their lost relations through everything from frenzied trance writing to sticky expulsions of ectoplasm.

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1250L

Apex Predator: The World's Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present

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The Siberian tiger, the great white shark, and many other present-day apex predators are powerful and deadly. But in the past there were even more lethal killers - animals that stalked their prey thousands or millions of years ago.

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1020L

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