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Walden and civil disobedience
(Thoreau, Henry David)
Presents the texts of American writer Henry Thoreau's "Walden," his reflections on living alone among nature for two years on Walden Pond in Massachusetts, and "Civil Disobedience," a treatise on nonviolent resistance and protest.
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Nonfiction; Wilderness areas Massachusetts Walden Woods
Natural history Massachusetts Walden Woods
Authors, American 19th century -- Biography
Civil disobedience

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323 p

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Wanderers, The
(Howrey, Meg)
"In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they're the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Retired from NASA, Helen had not trained for irrelevance. It is nobody's fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter can't help placing blame. The MarsNOW mission is Helen's last chance to return to the only place she's ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, it's an opportunity to prove himself worthy of the wife he has loved absolutely, if not quite rightly. Sergei is willing to spend seventeen months in a tin can if it means traveling to Mars. He will at least be tested past the point of exhaustion, and this is the example he will set for his sons. As the days turn into months the line between what is real and unreal becomes blurred, and the astronauts learn that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space."-- Provided by publisher
Genre(s):
Astronauts Training of -- Fiction
Space flight to Mars -- Fiction

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368 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Washington Black: a novel
(Edugyan, Esi)
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life.
Genre(s):
Slavery -- Fiction
African American / Historical
Action & Adventure

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383 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Watsons go to Birmingham--1963, The
(Christopher Paul Curtis)
Junior Fiction (210 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-12. The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. (Newbery Honor, 1996 & Coretta Scott King Award Honor, 1996) [Kit added 09/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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210 p

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We are not like them: a novel
(Pride, Christine)
"Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event--a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives. Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia. But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen's husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband's freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty.
Genre(s):
Interracial friendship -- Fiction
Race -- Fiction
Police shootings -- Fiction
Domestic fiction

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315 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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Westing Game, The
(Ellen Raskin)
Junior Fiction (216 pages) Recommended for Grades 5-8. The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (Newbery Award, 1979) [Kit added 09/2009]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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216 p

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What's mine and yours: a novel
(Coster, Naima)
"When a county initiative in the Piedmont of North Carolina forces the students at a mostly black public school on the east side to move across town to a nearly all-white high school on the west, the community rises in outrage. For two students, quiet and aloof Gee and headstrong Noelle, these divisions will extend far beyond their schooling. As their paths collide and overlap over the course of thirty years, their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that shape the trajectory of their lives. On one side of the school integration debate is Jade, Gee's steely, single, black mother, grieving for her murdered partner, and determined for her son to have the best chance at a better life. On the other, is Noelle's enterprising mother, Lacey May, who refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but white. The choices these mothers make will resound for years to come. And twenty years later, when Lacey's daughters return home to visit her in hospital, they're forced to confront the ways their parents' decisions continue to affect the life they live and the people they love. WHAT'S MINE AND YOURS is a sweeping, rich tapestry of familial bond and identity, and a sharp, poignant look at the ways race affects even the closest of relationships. This is not just one love story, but many: It's the all-consuming volatile passion of young lovers and the quieter comfort of steady companionship; it's the often tenuous but unbreakable bond between siblings; and it's the unconditional love that runs between parent and child and encompasses adoration, contempt and forgiveness. With gorgeous prose, Naima Coster explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together"-- Provided by publisher
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School integration -- Fiction
Race relations -- Fiction
Mother and child -- Fiction
Families North Carolina -- Fiction
Parents of racially mixed children -- Fiction

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341

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When Two Feathers fell from the sky
(Verble, Margaret)
"A deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries. Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, is determined to find her own way in the world. Two's closest friend at Glendale is Hank Crawford, who loves horses almost as much as she does. He is part of a high-achieving, land-owning Black family. Neither Two nor Hank fit easily into the highly segregated society of 1920s Nashville. When disaster strikes during one of Two's shows, strange things start to happen at the park. Vestiges of the ancient past begin to surface, apparitions appear, and then the hippo falls mysteriously ill. At the same time, Two dodges her unsettling, lurking admirer and bonds with Clive, Glendale's zookeeper and a World War I veteran, who is haunted--literally--by horrific memories of war. To get to the bottom of it, an eclectic cast of park performers, employees, and even the wealthy stakeholders must come together, making When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky an unforgettable and irresistible tale of exotic animals, lingering spirits, and unexpected friendship."-- Provided by publisher
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Zoos -- Fiction
Cherokee Indians -- Fiction
Nineteen twenties
Horses -- Fiction
Indians of North America
Nineteen twenties

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365 pages

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Where the Red Fern Grows
(Wilson Rawls)
Junior Fiction (212 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-8. A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. [Kit added 09/2009]
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Fiction

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212 p

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Whispering Pines
(Lang, Heidi)
Recommended grade 4-6, Age 9-11. When otherworldly forces descend on their town of Whispering Pines, conspiracy theorist Rae, who's searching for her lost father, and Caden, who's haunted by the ghost of his brother, must band together to save their home
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Children's Fiction
Ghost stories
Brothers Death -- Fiction
Paranormal fiction
Conspiracy theories -- Fiction
Missing persons -- Fiction

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312

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Woke: A young poet's call to justice
(Browne, Mahogany L.)
Recommended for grades 4-8. Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists. Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out. With Theodore Taylor's bright, emotional art, and writing from Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, kids will be inspired to create their own art and poems to express how they see justice and injustice. With a foreword by best-selling author Jason Reynolds
Genre(s):
Juvenile Nonfiction
Juvenile Literature
Poetry

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55 p.

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Women in the castle, The
(Shattuck, Jessica)
Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.."-- Provided by publisher
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Castles Germany Bavaria -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
Widows -- Fiction
FICTION Historical

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Wonder
(R. J. Palacio)
Junior Fiction. (315 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-7. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. [Kit added 10/2013]
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Fiction

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Wrinkle in Time, A
(Madeleine L'Engle)
Junior Fiction (202) Recommended for Grades 5-9. Meg and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. [Kit added 04/2011]
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Fiction

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