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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

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Copies: 6

In this emotional and thought-provoking book of poetry, bestselling author Nikki Grimes finds inspiration from poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Moved by the evocative verse of legendary writers from the era, Grimes has composed gorgeous new poetry with timely themes for today. By using the "Golden Shovel" poetic form, she has created wholly original poems based on the works of master poets like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jean Toomer, and others who enriched history during the Harlem Renaissance.

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Not As We Know It

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Copies: 6

Twins Jamie and Ned do everything together, from watching their favorite show, Star Trek, to riding their bikes, to beachcombing after a storm. But Ned is sick with cystic fibrosis, and he may someday leave Jamie behind. One day the boys find a strange animal on the beach: smooth flesh on one end, scales at the other, and short arms and legs with long webbed fingers and toes. Could it be a merman, like in the old stories Granddad tells?

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550L

Beautiful Blue World

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Copies: 6

Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.

But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

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540L

The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection

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Based on the popular book series by Suzanne Collins.

In this fictional dystopian future, teenager Katniss Everdeen finds herself taking the place of her younger sister as a "Tribute" for her district. Each of the 12 districts of Panem are under the authority of the Capitol, and are forced to select a boy and a girl to compete in a nationally televised death match called the Hunger Games. Throughout this series, Katniss must rely on her instinct and wits to survive.

This 4-film DVD set includes:

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Middle
High
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09:08

Sojourner Tales

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Tracy & Laura Hickman's storytelling board game that turns your e-reading device into a portal of adventure and imagination.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
Play Time: 
90 min.

Snake Oil

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In the Old West, the wily snake oil salesman had a special talent, getting the most skeptical customers to buy the most dubious products. Now it's your turn! Invent your own zany two-word products – Rumor Mirror! Burp Balloon! – and sell them to all types of wacky customers.

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
Family/Consumer Science
Play Time: 
30 min.

Spooky Castle

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In more detail, the player who is Spooky is blindfolded by donning a mask, then they start poking around Geisterburg with a magnetic pole, with their fellow players offering advice on where to move and (possibly) what to avoid given that adult ghosts can also be found within the castle and the ki

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Content Area: 
ELA
Other
Play Time: 
20 min.

Marrying Mr. Darcy

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Marrying Mr. Darcy is a role-playing game where players are one of the female characters from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Players work to improve themselves and become more desirable as potential wives for the available Suitors.

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
Play Time: 
45 min.

Mood X

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Mood X is a storytelling and lateral thinking game in which your playmates' personality is part of the game.

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
LOTE
Special Education
ELL
Play Time: 
20 min.

Stowaway 52

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You've sneaked aboard an alien ship that's about to attack Earth and it's up to you to stop it! Set a course for sabotage with this unique "Cardventure" – an interactive story that puts you at the controls. Do you reprogram the flight computer, or do you destroy the engine room?

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Content Area: 
ELA
Library
Play Time: 
15 min.

The Outsiders

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This two-disc special edition is Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel about two rival teen gangs in rural Oklahoma. When the gangs get into a brawl, and it ends with the death of one of the members, they have to face the consequences and come to terms with their violent ways of life.

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Middle
High
Length: 
01:53

The Best Worst Thing

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Copies: 6

Front door locked,
kitchen door locked,
living room windows closed.
Nobody in the closet,
nobody under the beds.

Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere--on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing.

Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe?

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820L

Dara Palmer's Major Drama

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Copies: 6

"'The lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music goes to ..."
I could practically hear her say "Dara Palmer." This was going to be my big break! But what really came out of my teacher's mouth was "Ella Moss-Daniels."
My heart went huuuuggggggghhhhht.

Dara Palmer longs for stardom-but when she isn't cast in her middle school's production of The Sound of Music, she get suspicious. It can't be because she's not the best. She was born to be a famous movie star. It must because she's adopted from Cambodia and doesn't look like a typical fraulein. (That's German for girl.)

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760L

Every Single Second

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Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

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HL580L

Seven and a half Tons of Steel

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There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, a steel beam from the World Trade Center towers was given to the United States Navy.

The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana.

Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature.

Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months.

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AD820L

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