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Edison 64: A Tragedy in Vietnam and at Home
Richard Sand
EDISON 64: A Tragedy in Vietnam and at Home - Edison High School in Philadelphia sent more young men to their deaths in the Vietnam War than any other school in the nation. Award-winning author Richard Sand has compiled the stories of their lives, their sacrifice, and their service. Following them from their inner-city neighborhood, where violence and poverty were a way of life, to the jungles of Vietnam, Richard Sand weaves together their lives and the lives of Edison surviving Veterans, forming a memorable tale of tragedy, part poetry and part pathos. With moving forewords by former Secretary of Homeland Security and decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Tom Ridge, as well as former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Ron Castile, also a decorated and wounded, Vietnam Combat Veteran, this is truly one of the most heart-rending tomes on this chaotic and tragic period in American history.
Edison 64: A Tragedy in Vietnam and at Home
Oaf in Ophir
Daniel G Linsteadt
A highlight of every summer for Emory and his little sister Faye was their special annual visit to their grandmother. At Baba’s house, the kids played by the streams, ate blackberries, watched deer, and ran through the woods to their heart’s desire. This summer, Emory was particularly intrigued by the rumor of a magical Oaf living near Baba after discovering his dad’s Ophir newspaper clippings. Emory was alert as he explored the streams and wandered through the woods. A flash of light up the hillside began the magical summer he hoped for. A voice floated through the air, the sound of wood twisting in the trees, and a glimpse of a ragged piece of cloth were the first hints of the Oaf. Baba was delighted by Emory’s adventures and urged him to offer a sandwich along with a note to the mysterious being who was revealing itself for Emory. The Oaf revealed his magic with nature after Emory was mysteriously protected from a mountain lion attack. Baba finally shared her encounters with the irresistible Oaf and his ways in the woods. Tantalizing encounters ensued when Faye arrived and the Oaf slowly befriended the children. The Oaf helped them discover their own personal relationship with nature and their own innate gifts of magic with the plants, trees, and wildlife.
Oaf in Ophir
Different
Janet McLaughlin
Twelve-year-old Izzy wants to be like everyone else, but she has a secret. She isn’t weird or angry, like some of the kids at school think. Izzy has Tourette syndrome. Hiding outbursts and tics from her classmates is hard enough, but when a new girl arrives, Izzy’s fear of losing her best friend makes Izzy’s symptoms worse. And when she sees her crush act suspiciously, runaway thoughts take root inside of her. As the pressure builds and her world threatens to spin out of control, Izzy must face her fear and reveal her secret, whatever the costs. Authentic and perceptive, Different shines a light on the delicate line of a child’s hopes and fears and inspires us all to believe that perhaps we are not so different after all.
Different
Other People's Crazy
Gregory Fletcher
In suburban Arizona, the biggest kid in his high school sophomore class is being bullied by the smallest. With no dad, best friend, or girlfriend, Brandon's life feels like pure hopeless chaos. But thanks to his crazy single mom, a stray dog, a bronco-busting hairdresser, a random left turn, and boomerang karma from the Universe, Brandon has a chance to turn his life in a new direction. Chaos, or Choice? They're both in the mix of crazy at Mesa Grande High!
Other People's Crazy
K.I.D.S. Stuff: The Mostly, Probably True Adventures...
Garrett Dane
After years as the top agent in a secret squad of school-aged monster hunters, Wesley stumbles upon a mystery that might change everything. He and his team have to work quickly to solve it, as soon the Forgetting will come for Wesley, forcing him to leave behind the only world he's ever known.
K.I.D.S. Stuff: The Mostly, Probably True Adventures...
White Australia Has A Black History
Barbara Miller
This is not your typical Australian History book or biography. Behind the dominant story is the black history of white Australia as seen through the eyes and life of William Cooper and other First Nations People. Let me introduce you to William Cooper, a pioneer of the Aboriginal movement for basic human rights who shaped Australia’s political activism. He was a leader in political activism for basic human rights who stood up for Australian Aborigines. He also led Aborigines in a protest march to the German Consulate in Melbourne against the persecution of Jews at Kristallnacht in 1938. But Cooper’s contribution to Australia does not stop there. In this eye-opening political memoir or biography, you will learn William Cooper’s story from the very beginning and gain an in-depth understanding of his everlasting influence on future political activism. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Miller and this book is the embodiment of my dream to make William Cooper’s heart and achievements known to the future generations. We live in a highly-divided world where political and human rights are endangered by religious fundamentalism, discrimination racism, autocracy and worldwide terrorism. That’s why it is important to: ✔️ LEARN from our past mistakes & use history as a valuable lesson ✔️ UNDERSTAND William Cooper’s political activism & human rights watch ✔️ APPRECIATE the work of one of the Christian pioneers of the First Nations Peoples movement In Australia What’s In It For You? The First Nations Peoples movement has often been an enigma for white Australia. It’s finally time to shed light on these issues and follow the footsteps of one of the most influential leaders of Indigenous political action in the black history of white Australia who I have called a “gentle warrior.” By the end of this eye-opening Australian black history book, you will be able to: ✔️ FIND OUT more about William Cooper’s inspiring journey & the obstacles he had to overcome ✔️ DISCOVER little-known facts about the origins of the White Australia Policy ✔️ COMPREHEND the political status quo In Australia during William Cooper’s life and how It affects current events
White Australia Has A Black History
The Truth Keeper
C.T. Knight
Fritz Braun longs to honor the memory of his dead parents and be the best Aryan possible, but his grandfather spouting old-world religion, a crime in Nazi Germany, thwarts his path to success. His grandfather is murdered by SS Officers for refusing to surrender his copy of a special book, catapulting Fritz into a biblical world and anointing him as God’s Truth Keeper. He is charged with protecting The Book he once resented and sharing God’s word with his people in a difficult time. A job he feels unworthy to accept. Protecting God’s word proves to be an insurmountable task when the Gestapo discover The Book, and Fritz is forced to choose between saving the only family and friends he has left or saving The Book from Nazi fire.
The Truth Keeper
Ghost Girl - A Mystery
Steve Schatz
The Ghost - Mattie died horribly nearly 100 years ago, swept away in a flood while her pa tried to kill her with a huge axe. Now she is stuck in the little town with buckets of water pouring over her all the time. She’s not even allowed in the graveyard. She’s spunky, pushy and has as much fun as she can - given her situation - being 11 years old forever. The Boy - Nate was dragged to live in the little, hick town by his mother. All he wants is to get back to his friends and his dad back in Boston. He doesn’t have any friends here and doesn’t want any. The Mystery - Mattie can’t find her body. She only has eight days to find it or she is banished to the Badlands forever. The Weird Thing - Nate can see Mattie. He’s the first person in a long time who can. He’s not that thrilled about it. In fact, he refuses. Mattie knows he’s her last chance to find her body. She rips half her face off and shakes it at him (ghosts can do things like that) to convince him to help. To make her stop, he agrees. The Others - A crazy, old cat lady, some old lady ghosts, a friendly librarian. Time is running out and Mattie’s Pa is back from the grave, swinging his axe and trying to stop Mattie and Nate.
Ghost Girl - A Mystery

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