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ARTEMIS FOWL THE TIME PARADOX In his sixth adventure, boy genius Artemis is faced with his toughest challenge yet: traveling back in time to save an endangered species from his younger self. This entry in the popular series will grab and keep readers' attention, as magical devices, duplicate characters, and time paradoxes combine to create complex situations and adventures. War-torn Afghanistan could not seem farther from Newfoundland, but it is about to change twelve- year-old tomboy Jack Cooper (or Jacqueline, as her mother insists on calling her) forever. When her father is killed in the war, she watches helplessly as her mother crumbles under sorrow and depression. Jack and her younger sister and brother, Tessa and Simon, end up across the country, living on a run-down farm in a small town on the Prairies with a great-grandmother they didn’t know existed. Worried that they will be abandoned again if Gran moves into a retirement home, Jack puts on a brave face and encourages Tessa and Simon to take on the challenges of their new life. In the process, she learns that families come in many different forms and that love, trust, and faith can build a home anywhere. Something’s rotten in the heart of apple country. By: Joan Bauer Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core, she’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just cover school issues, Hildy’s drawn to the town’s big story—the haunted old Ludlow house. On the surface, Banesville, USA, seems like such a happy place, but lately, eerie happenings and ghostly sightings are making Hildy take a deeper look. Her efforts to find out who is really haunting Banesville isn’t making her popular, and she starts wondering if she’s cut out to be a journalist after all. But she refuses to give up, because, hopefully, the truth will set a few ghosts free. HOW WE CAN SAVE THE PLANET PREVENTING GLOBAL CLIMATE CATASTROPHY Climate change is the single biggest problem that humankind has ever had to face, as we continue with lifestyles that are way beyond the planet’s limits. Here Mayer Hillman explains the real issues: what role technology can play, how you and your community can make changes, and why governments must act now to protect our planet for later generations. This book takes us out of the problem and into the solution of our global crisis. By: Margaret Peterson Haddix Around her the workers were screaming out prayers and curses.... She herself was sobbing tearlessly.... Her only prayer was still, "I don't want to die.“ Oh, please, God, don't let me die, she thought. I've never even had a chance to live. UPRISING continued Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in a strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved with their cause. Bella and Yetta are at work -- and Jane is visiting the factory -- on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever. Margaret Peterson Haddix draws on extensive historical research to bring the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to tangible life through her thrilling story of Bella, Yetta, and Jane. angel By: Cliff McNish This is a captivating tale of friendship, teen angst, and loyalty. Freya, at the age of nine,develops an obsession with angels that leads her family to commit her to a hospital. She locks her mind into this fantasy world for several years believing that she is an angel. Now, at 14, Freya is recovering from her delusions, and is trying to make a new start when Stephanie enters her life. Stephanie believes strongly in angels. When their lives intertwine, the story really starts. The friendship theme is most prevalent in this novel, and as the story unfolds we learn about true friendship. Cliff McNish has created a very original story. THEY WAY WE WORK: GETTING TO KNOW THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body • Macaulay turns his prodigious curiosity and formidable talents to anatomy and physiology. • The opening chapter introduces basic concepts of cellular biology and chemistry while subsequent chapters take us through the body systems. • Humor occasionally leavens the information, which, though often complex and technical, is clearly and succinctly presented in double- page spreads, accompanied by an illuminating array of illustrations.
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