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Empty Seats is about a boy, Jimmy, who he was 6 years old when he started to play baseball. His father was very good at baseball. He wanted his son to excel so he could make it to the pros, which his dad has never did. Jimmy was taught by his dad and ended up being the best pitcher in his high school. He went to the minors straight from high school and skipped college because he knew he could make it to the majors. While he was in the minors, his coach is harsh. Jimmy thinks he knew everything, but realizes there's a lot left to learn. 

 
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The book Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation is about the beginning of the railroads in the United States. Throughout the book, it gives us extremely vivid details about why the need for the railroads was paramount, as well as the benefits of the new form of transportation and/or industry and its role in the armed forces. There are specific details about the men who orchestrated the entire enterprise.

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Prince Jasper of Thisley and his father are fighting. Jasper is punished and hopes for a way out of his duties. However, as he works in the stables, he sees his punishment in a different perspective. Meanwhile, on the other side of the mountains, Jasper's sister is giving birth. Jasper's mom decides to visit her, after her daughter pleads for her to come to Concordia. To keep her husband and Jasper from fighting, she insists that Jasper tag along. Jasper doesn't like this idea but decides that it it's for the best.

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Roses in the Dragon Den is a book following Karina, Charlie, and their estranged uncle, Diego Rosas, on their incredible journey through another world. After seven years, the twins, Karina and Charlie, are meeting their famous, survival-expert-extraordinaire uncle for only the second time in their lives. Their memories of uncle Diego are warm ones, where they would be enraptured with Diego's tales about dragons. Diego is going to celebrate his birthday with his nephew and niece in Switzerland, where they are going to ski and eat Swiss chocolate.

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Seventeen-year-old Sherman Andrews wants nothing more than to be a great journalist. The Missouri Scholars' Academy accepts him, and he is determined to find the ultimate story. As a high school kid on a college campus, Sherman must face growing up quickly. He becomes involved with Charlie, a chubby yet cute librarian, and his journey to journalism begins.  

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Albert Einstein Chaudhury, also known as Al, has his twelfth birthday and gets two presents that lead to so much drama. He got a hamster and a letter from his dad, who died four years ago. The letter revealed a time machine, which is a zinc tub and a computer.

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Last of the Name is a well-researched story of an Irish brother and sister who have traveled to America to escape the Great Hunger of 1845. Their entire family has either perished or been sent to Australia, except for their grandmother who joined them on their trip to the U.S.A. Shortly before dying on the trip to the U.S.A, their grandmother gave them a family "treasure." Now the siblings have to make their way in the new world, which includes getting jobs, changing their names, and sadly for young Danny O'Carolan, pretending to be a girl.

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