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Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam by Alvin Townley

Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam by Alvin Townley tells the story of Jeremiah Denton, an United States Prisoner-of-War in a North Vietnamese prison. While on a mission to drop bombs in North Vietnam, the plane that Jeremiah Denton was piloting exploded, giving Denton no choice but to eject from his plane. While on the ground, he was spotted by North Vietnamese soldiers, who accused him of relaying secrets to the enemy. He was placed in solitary confinement and refused to provide any identifying information even though his oppressors frequently tortured him.

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Call of Duty: Vince Zampella, Grant Collier, and Jason West by Jennifer Culp

Call of Duty: Vince Zampella, Grant Collier, and Jason West by Jennifer Culp tells the story of the Call of Duty Video Game franchise. Vince Zampella, Grant Collier, and Jason West wanted to revolutionize the video game industry through high-quality graphics, realistic characters, and in-depth plots. They succeeded in their mission, but left a legal mess in their wake. The legal mess resulted from the creators’ decision to operate under Activision but determination to work on their own.

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Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz tells the story of Jasmine, an overachieving young individual with dreams of obtaining the National Scholarship; when this becomes a reality, however, she finds out that her parents are undocumented immigrants (illegal, so to speak). Jasmine realizes that all her hard work was for nothing, and her parents, who regret not having told her earlier, are already packing their bags for the event that they get deported.

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Pythagoras: Mathematician and Mystic by Dimitra Karamanides and Louis C. Coakley

Pythagoras: Mathematician and Mystic by Dimitra Karamanides and Louis C. Coakley tells the life story of Pythagoras, an Ancient Greek philosopher most known for his Pythagorean Theorem. He was born on the wealthy island of Samos but traveled far and wide in order to acquire the knowledge of numerous ancient civilizations. When he returned to Greece, he wanted to set up a school there, but many people resisted his ideas. As a result, he traveled to Croton to set up a school. The school was shrouded in mystery and obtained more influence over time on the local government.

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Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery by Abby Sher

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery by Abby Sher is divided into three sections. Each of these sections tells the tale of an individual who escaped modern slavery, also known as human trafficking. Each person’s story is different, but there are some startling similarities. For one, the victims were those who had low self-confidence and were willing to accept strangers’ words as true, no matter how sketchy they may have sounded. Or they may have been undocumented immigrants running the fear of deportation.

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Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Flush by Carl Hiaasen tells the story of Noah Underwood (the main character) and his attempt to catch an environmental offender red-handed. Noah first becomes suspicious of the environmental offender when he notices that the beaches near his house are often closed due to contaminated water. Upon closer inspection, he realizes that a mysterious individual is illegally dumping hundreds of gallons of sewage into the ocean. Noah quickly hatches a plan, nicknamed “Operation Royal Flush”, which attempts to track the repeat environmental offender through a brightly colored dye.

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Straight Boy by Jay Bell

Andrew is gay but the love of his life Carter is straight. So what does Andrew do? Should their love for Harry Potter bind them closer together as friends and stay just friends or should Andrew put moves on Carter and make him change his mind like he reads in books. And is Carter's love interest a threat to Carter and Andrew love story or is Andrew going to have to let him go and accept that he is straight and never love Andrew the way Andrew wants him to? 

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Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt

Meryl Lee has gone through tremendous life changes. Her friend dies and she suffers a personal loss. Then, she has a school chance and goes to a private school. Starting was hard. Making friends and meeting teachers was a nervous moment. She has new activities like afternoon tea and biscuits. After that, she has new friends and she meets Matt, the nicest person. Will her story ever be claustrophobic again?

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Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice by L. E. Carmichael

Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice by L. E. Carmichael details the history of forensic science, describes recent advancements in the industry, and presents an eye-opening view as to where the field may be going in the future. Numerous sidebars within the book provide brief biographies of the people who made forensic science possible, while beautifully written captions beneath each illustration accurately explain what is going on. This book is intended to introduce individuals to the concept; thus, it may not be as comprehensive.

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John Lewis: Civil Rights Champion and Congressman by Alison Morretta

John Lewis: Civil Rights Champion and Congressman by Alison Morretta tells the story of John Lewis’s life and struggle to effect meaningful change against the injustices faced by minorities throughout the world. The book is a powerful testimony to the actions of one individual, who began his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. After witnessing the murder of Emmett Till and the murder of three of his most loyal friends from gun violence, Lewis became a vocal protestor; he was anti-war, pro-LGBTQ, pro-immigrant, etc.

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The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 [The Young Readers Adaptation] by Rick Atkinson

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 [The Young Readers Adaptation] by Rick Atkinson tells the story of Operation Overlord. This was the largest military attempt to push back Nazi Germany during World War II. As readers might have guessed, months of planning formed the core of the plan, and soldiers who survived mainly on pre-rationed foods carried out the plan. Women played a significant role, too, as they were often pushed to enter jobs that had previously been held by men. At the last minute, the offensive was postponed due to bad weather.

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The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum

The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum tells the story of James Meredith’s 1966 200+ mile march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. The purpose of the march was to represent the determination of African Americans in a discriminatory society, yet Meredith was shot by a gunman about a week into the march. As a result, other African American leaders (such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael) decided to hold the march on his behalf.

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Hybrid & Electric Vehicles by L.E. Carmichael

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles by L.E. Carmichael tells the history of cars that do not use the traditional source of power (gasoline). Today, these types of cars are advertised as more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient, but Carmichael goes beyond these claims to present a relatively unbiased view of the topic. He explains how ideas for hybrid vehicles have been around for decades and describes the progression of each of the major types of electric vehicles.

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Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World, by Anna Crowley Redding

Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World by Anna Crowley Redding tells the story of Elon Musk, one of the world’s greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs. While it may surprise many to know that he started out in South Africa as a young boy who was constantly bullied, Musk found refuge in the books that he read. Many of his favorite books were superhero comics that encouraged his interest in the Land of Opportunity. Not only did Musk find a way to get to America, he went on to found companies like Tesla and SpaceX, with a mission to save the planet from certain doom.

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