Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) #ad - Charles and emma is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. This same debate raged within darwin himself, was quite religious, Emma, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.

Deborah heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. Charles darwin published the Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith #ad - Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country.

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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) #ad - Printz honor book • yalsa nonfiction award winner • boston globe-horn book award winner • SCBWI Golden Kite Winner • Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award WinnerFrom the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love. The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives.

Confidant, sympathizer, champion, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

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Double Helix

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Puffin Books #ad - Eighteen-year-old eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.

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Nonfiction Notebooks: Strategies for Informational Writing

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Stenhouse Publishers #ad - Helpful reproducible forms are included both in the book and as downloads online. Writer’s notebooks help students capture their thoughts, refine a research strategy, explore mentor texts, develop ideas, and play with multiple outcomes—all of which lead to stronger concepts and better first drafts.

Now, memoirs, articles, aimee explains how writer’s notebooks can help students improve their nonfiction writing—reports, essays, using the same format, and so forth—which has taken on even greater importance because of the emphasis the Common Core State Standards place on informative/explanatory writing.

Nonfiction Notebooks: Strategies for Informational Writing #ad - As aimee explains, the prewriting work a student does is particularly important when writing informational pieces. Greater emphasis on the front end of the writing process also saves time and energy at the revision and editing stages. In doing so, we actually are doing a lot of the “revision” on our “vision” before we write the draft.

From exploring topics to gathering information to assessment, Nonfiction Notebooks takes teachers step-by-step through the process of how best to use notebooks for informational writing. In my classroom, i have found that through the support of notebook work, students can grow their writing and strengthen their ideas.

The work we do in notebooks before rushing into a draft gives us time to envision our work, to find mentor texts we love, and to study those texts. Nonfiction notebooksaimee buckner has introduced writer's notebooks to hundreds of classrooms through her popular book Notebook Know-How, thereby helping students everywhere learn to improve their overall writing by focusing on essential prewriting strategies.

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They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - A yalsa award for excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist. Boys, let us get up a club. With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, pulled pillowcases over their heads, Tennessee in 1866. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, this account from Newbery Honor-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a book to read and remember.

. The six friends named their club the ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South. This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy.

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Witch Baby Weetzie Bat Book 2

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HarperTeen #ad - Once upon a time in the city of Shangri-L. A. Someone left a baby on a doorstep. She had wild, dark hair and purple eyes and looked at the world in a special way. The family that took her in called her Witch Baby and raised her as their own. But even though she tried to fit in, Witch Baby never felt as though she truly belonged.

So one day she packed her bat-shaped backpack, put her black cowboy-boot roller skates, and went out into the real world to find out who she really was.

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

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Flash Point #ad - Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing American Revolution battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale from history. Sheinkin sees arnold as america's ‘original action hero' and succeeds in writing a brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel.

. The author's obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find. Kirkus reviews starred review“several complex political, often simplistically depicted as single-minded patriots, one of the most prominent being that within the Continental army, and military themes emerge, social, beat hearts scheming with political machinations that are completely familiar today.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery #ad - . Arnold's inexorable clash with Gates and his decision to turn traitor both chill and compel. Horn book magazine starred reviewalso by steve sheinkin:bomb: the race to build—and steal—the world's most dangerous weaponthe port chicago 50: disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rightsundefeated: jim thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football TeamMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam WarWhich Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward ExpansionKing George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American RevolutionTwo Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil WarBorn to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America.

Few know that he was also one of its greatest Revolutionary War heroes. Steve sheinkin's accessible biography, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, heroic, introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, and driven.

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The Liberation of Gabriel King

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Puffin Books #ad - Gabriel king is afraid of everything: spiders, the rope swing over the lake, andmost of all, going to fifth grade. Frita wilson, his best friend, decides Gabriel needs some liberating from his fears, so they make a list and plan to tackle each one. Hollowell, georgia in 1976 isn't exactly the most integrated place, and Frita's the only black student in school in a town with an active Ku Klux Klan.

. But one of the reasons Frita is so determined to help Gabe is that she needs his help too.

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Crawling Out of the Darkness a sequel to The Star and the Cross

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The Wild Rose Press, Inc #ad - Yet her brother the priest is the only one she believes can save her. One man is determined to destroy Katarina and her loved ones, while another is there to rescue her every time. Is she forever doomed? Katarina von rahmel fights ongoing fears caused by her experiences during World War II, but she still volunteers for risky expeditions into East Berlin with her brothers, to help those who need to escape the new Communist regime.

While between missions to the other side of the Berlin Wall, she goes from husband to husband to lover.

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Bodega Dreams Vintage Contemporaries

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Vintage #ad - In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie Bodega is king. Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes.

Lyrical, a smart, and darkly funny, inspired, this powerful debut novel brilliantly evokes the trial of Chino, promising young man to whom Bodega turns for a favor. Chino is drawn to bodega's street-smart idealism, but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.

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Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) #ad - In september 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board. When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children's Ship. From award-winning author deborah heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.

Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story. This title has Common Core connections. Amid the constant rain of german bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB.

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