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    Wasted by Suzy Spencer
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    A Crime That Shocked A City. . .

    In 1995, Austin, Texas was rocked by the brutal murder of a lesbian princess named Regina Hartwell. Even though Regina’s body was burned beyond recognition, within days police had two suspects. One was the beautiful ex-cheerleader who was the object of Regina’s desire. The other was a man who would take the fall for murder. . .

    A Killer’s Heinous Acts . . .

    In this new edition of her bestselling book Wasted, true crime master Suzy Spencer chronicles a fatal love triangle–and lives driven out of control by sexual desire, drugs, and shocking childhood demons.

    A Twisted Road To Justice. . .

    Four years after Regina Hartwell’s murder, a new charge was brought against one of her suspected killers. Now, Suzy Spencer adds a new chapter to Wasted–detailing a killer gone wild, a nerve-wracking legal standoff, the shocking twists that would take place in a second, explosive trial. . .

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    The Rescuers: Kids Who Risked Everything to Save Others by Allan Zullo
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    Have you heard about the babysitter who ran into a burning house to save young children?

    How did a boy rescue his entire family from a terrible hurricane?

    ISBN:  978-0-545-36281-8

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    Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum
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    The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War 1

    ISBN: 978-0-545-60693-6

     

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    Show-Offs (Animal Behavior Series) by Bernard Stonehouse
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    Throughout the animal kingdom generally, showing off is widespread. Many animals for many different reasons need to draw attention to themselves. They may shout, sing from the treetops, wear bright colors, dance up and down, or emit clouds of perfume. Biologists call it “display,” but that is just another name for showing off. Displays have functions and advantages as well as dangers. Some are essential for courtship. Among animals, it is usually the males who posture and decorate themselves, and the females who select from among them. Some decorations, however, are simple warnings. Just a few are lies, as when harmless animals are dressed to look like more dangerous ones. We like animals that show off. As is demonstrated in this book, showing off adds much to the interest and excitement of life.

    ISBN:  0-439-1534-8

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    How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
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    Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.

    In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

    Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers and family members. Before the day is over, you’ll see how Felix learns to be a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else’s bucket also fills his own.

    ISBN:  978-159562027-9

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    Kingfisher Knowledge: The Middle East By Phillip Steele
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    The Middle East captures the richness and diversity of Middle Eastern culture and places the region in its global context in a way that no other reference has done for this age group. The Middle East dominates global news and politics, and its many historical and sociological complexities are difficult to understand. By examining a wide range of themes, including religion, resources, history, politics, and current affairs, and then embarking on a country-by-country examination, The Middle East is an excellent companion to any discussion of current news or social and political events.

    ISBN: 978-7534-5984-3

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    In search of the Dark Ages by Michael Wood
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    The dark ages remain mysterious–but not quite so mysterious as they were. Michael Wood has discovered some astonishing new facts about the period and the people who lived through it.  In this book, which is based on the BBC TV In Search of… series, some of the most famous names in British history are placed in sharper focus than ever before.

    ISBN:  0-8160-1686-0

     

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    Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas: Print and Oral Skills for All Students, K–College by Rita and Marco Portales
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    As educators and legislators across the country debate how to improve public schools, the most vital factor often disappears from the equation—the relationship between the teacher and the student. According to veteran educators Rita and Marco Portales, this relationship is the central issue in the education of students, especially Latino/a students who often face serious barriers to school success because of the legacy of racism, insufficient English-language skills, and cultural differences with the educational establishment.

    To break down these barriers and help Latino/a students acquire a quality education, the Portaleses focus attention on the teacher-student relationship and offer a proven method that teachers can use to strengthen the print and oral skills of their students. They begin by analyzing the reasons why schools too often fail to educate Latino/a students, using eloquent comments from young Latinos/as and their parents to confirm how important the teacher-student relationship is to the student’s success. Then they show how all educational stakeholders—teachers, administrators, state education agencies, legislators, and parents—can work together to facilitate the teacher-student relationship and improve student education. By demonstrating how teachers can improve students’ reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills across the curriculum, they argue that learning can be made more relevant for students, keeping their interest levels high while preparing them for academically competitive colleges.

    ISBN:  0-292-70664-2

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    And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule
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    On June 27, 1996, thirty-year-old Anne Marie Fahey, who was the scheduling secretary for the governor of Delaware, had dinner with a man she had been having a secret affair with for more than two years. “Tommy” Capano, forty-seven, was perhaps the most politically powerful man in Wilmington. Son of a wealthy contractor, former state prosecutor, partner in a prestigious law firm, advisor to governors and mayors, Tom Capano had a soft-spoken and considerate manner that endeared him to many. Although recently estranged from his wife, he was a devoted father to his four beautiful young daughters, the trusted son of his widowed mother, and the backbone of his extended family. But sometime after 9:15 that night when Anne Marie and Tom left a Philadelphia restaurant, something terrible happened to Anne Marie. It would be forty-eight hours before her brothers and sisters realized that she had disappeared entirely.

    Ann Rule brilliantly traces the lives of both Fahey and Capano as she discloses the intimate details of their ill-fated bonding. A vulnerable, trusting woman becomes spellbound by a charming, duplicitous married man, and what begins as a seemingly unremarkable affair is slowly transformed into an obsessive, convoluted, and deadly relationship.

    Through her impeccable research, Rule peels away layer after layer of deception to reveal a man who lived a secret life for decades, a man so greedy that he would sacrifice anyone to gain what he desired. One of his many mistresses—all of whom were unknown to one another—was Deborah MacIntyre, an attractive and wealthy member of one of Wilmington’s oldest families and an administrator of an elite private school. She, too, would become part of the mystery surrounding Anne Marie’s disappearance.

    As three prominent families are destroyed to satisfy one man’s jealous obsessions, this unfathomable tragedy becomes a tale that few would believe if it were presented as fiction. Shockingly, it is all true. Destined to become a classic, And Never Let Her Go is a riveting account of forbidden love and murder among the rich and powerful, and a chilling insight into the evil that sometimes hides behind even the most charming façade.

    ISBN:  0-671-86871-3

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    National Geographic Index: One Hundred Years, 1888-1988 by Wilber E. Garrett
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    1989 National Geographic Society publication, 1,216 pages, illustrated with dust jacket, red cloth-bound book.

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    One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None of This Will Matter
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    In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

    With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

    ISBN: 978-1-68331-414-1

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    That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
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    That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

    America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them―and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations.
    In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face―globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption―and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China’s educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which “that used to be us.” They explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs.
    And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach. They show how America’s history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. They offer vivid profiles of individuals who have not lost sight of the American habits of bold thought and dramatic action. They propose a clear way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, a way that includes the rediscovery of some of our most vital traditions and the creation of a new thirdparty movement to galvanize the country.
    That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

    ISBN: 978-0-374-28890-7

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