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The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

Examines the origins of America's debate over gun control sparked by a practical gun intended for military use that became a weapon of choice for outlaws before Congress attempted to remove it from the streets.

Breaking Stalin's nose by Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

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Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

A single shard by Linda Sue Park
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Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

For kids or grown-ups who geek out about monsters and mythical creatures.

Monster trouble! by Lane Fredrickson

Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.

If I had a gryphon by Vikki VanSickle

A story about the perils of mythological pet ownership finds Sam, initially unimpressed by her humble pet hamster, considering an array of exciting, fantastical pets that would ultimately prove to be rather troublesome.

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Cupcake runs a successful bakery with help from his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.

Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot join three young adventurers on a culinary quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients, and identify monsters to invite to, or eat for, dinner.

Stuck with doing most of her father's work, Decomposia struggles to keep up with her responsibilities to her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, until charming chef Count Spatula steps in to help.

 

To earn eLectrified badges, follow the links to various media formats of each title, or read the print book to earn your bookworm badges. In the list of people below you will find that all of them have made history, but some are animal lovers, others creative types, and some explore the great outdoors.

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Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.

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Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold decides to take a walk in the moonlight, but first he must create a moon with his purple crayon..

Despite the admonitions of his friends, a straight line enjoys expressing himself by twirling in whirls, pointing his joints, and creeping in heaps.

Lines that wiggle by Candace Whitman

A variety of monsters and other creatures demonstrate some of the different things that lines can do, from curve and curl to zig-zag.

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Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin-despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one university to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.

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A species-by-species tour of the interactions that have occurred between scientists and animal subjects explains what is being discovered about animal communication and awareness and how new findings are raising related moral and ethical issues.

 

In the midst of the 2016 presidential contest, learn more about the U.S. government, presidents, and candidates.

Introduces ten United States presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and JFK.

U.S. Presidents by Ken Jennings

A trivia book combines engaging facts about the American presidents with illustrations and skill-reinforcing quizzes.

Nonfiction Book Group July 2016

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The idea that "home" is a special place, a separate place, a place where we can be our true selves, is so obvious to us today that we barely pause to think about it. But, as Judith Flanders shows in her most ambitious work to date, "home" is a relatively new idea. Flanders traces the evolution of the house from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century across northern Europe and America, showing how the homes we know today bear only a faint resemblance to homes though history. Flanders uncovers the fascinating development of ordinary household items--from cutlery, chairs and curtains, to fitted kitchens, plumbing and windows--while also dismantling many domestic myths. 

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