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Calculating stars, The
(Kowal, Mary Robinette)
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
Genre(s):
Women astronauts -- Fiction
Space colonies -- Fiction
Science fiction

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429 p

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Caleb's crossing
(Geraldine Brooks)
Once again, the author takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, she has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of the story is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. Like the author's beloved narrator Anna, in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart
Genre(s):
Historical fiction
Indian scholars United States -- Fiction

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318 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Catherine the Great: portrait of a woman
(Massie, Robert K.,)
Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs
Genre(s):
Nonfiction; Biography - Russian History (1700's)

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625

Kit Level: Adult

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Catherine, Called Birdy
(Karen Cushman)
Young Adult Fiction (212 pages) Recommended for Grades 6-9. Catherine keeps a journal during her fourteenth year. Her descriptions of life on a 13th-century English manor reach through time to speak to modern readers. (Newbery Honor 1995) [Kit added 9/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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212 p

Kit Level: Teen

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Chasing Fireflies
(Charles Martin)
A woman on a suicide run kicks her abused son out of the car. The little boy, apparently mute, is an artistic prodigy who excels at chess. When paramedics find the malnourished six-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is and why he won't talk. Chase, a small-town journalist, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions about his own history? [Fiction 342 pages] [Added 4/10] [39093047156823]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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342 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Chasing Vermeer
(Blue Balliett)
Junior Fiction (254 pages) Recommended for Grades 5-8. When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. [Kit added 09/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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254 p

Kit Level: Kids

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Circuit, The
(Francisco JimeĢnez )
Juvenile Non-Fiction, Biography. (246 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-6. Offers a look at a migrant family, detailing their daily life and the struggles they endured to build an existence on the small opportunities they were given. [Kit added 12/2015]
Genre(s):
Juvenile Non-Fiction
Biography

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134 p

Kit Level: Kids

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Citizens of London: the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour
(Olson, Lynne.)
The behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant
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Nonfiction; World War, 1939-1945 Diplomatic history
Alliances History 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 United States
World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain
Great Britain Foreign relations United States


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City of Ember, The
(Jeanne DuPrau)
Junior Fiction (270 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-7. This post-apocalyptic page turner tells the story of two twelve year olds that uncover vital clues to escaping the rapidly deteriorating city where they and previous generations have lived for hundreds of years. [Kit added 09/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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270 p

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
(Jenny Han)
Young Adult Fiction (149 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-7. Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition. [Kit added: 11/2014]
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Korean Americans -- Juvenile fiction

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149 p

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Clementine
(Sara Pennypacker)
Junior Fiction (136 pages) Recommended for Grades 2-4. While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. [Kit added 09/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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136 p

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Conquistadora: a novel
(Santiago, Esmeralda.)
Drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Le?on, Ana Cubillas becomes involved with enamored twin brothers Ram?on and Inocente before convincing them to claim a sugar plantation they have inherited.
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Historical Fiction, Sugar Plantations, Spaniards, Puerto Rico

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414 p

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Cosmic
(Frank Cottrell Boyce)
Junior Fiction (311 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-7. 12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good. [Kit added 10/2011]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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311 p

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