Ten to Fourteen, 2011 List
Crisp archival illustrations, photographs, maps, and extensive back matter complement an absorbing, well-woven narrative revealing how humanity’s desire for sugar enriched many, enslaved millions, and ultimately fueled revolutions and a new concept of “freedom”. A thought-provoking history.
This dispassionate, well-researched history filled with powerful archival images and individual stories from the members as well as the victims of this terrifying group offers invaluable insight into human nature. Appended material including a bibliography, source notes, and time line underscore the author's meticulous scholarship.
Fearful and superstitious townsfolk drive orphaned Kate from her home. Alone except for Taggle, her cat, she joins the Roamers in a desperate quest to reclaim her shadow, having traded it to the dangerous witch, Linay, in exchange for the unspoken desire of her heart.
In 1963, someone killed four little girls in a racially-motivated bomb attack. Who were they, and what events led to that tragic day? Black and white photos, thorough research, and a moving narrative provide context for this chronological account of a horrific event.
Because agriculture depends on bees to pollinate crops, a sudden drop in the bee population alarmed scientists and bee keepers. They began studying "colony collapse disorder," a phenomenon where bees mysteriously disappear from their hives. Excellent color photographs enhance this clear demonstration of the scientific process.
Not until she receives a communication board does Melody reveal her brilliant mind, silenced since birth by cerebral palsy. This poignant novel explores the challenges and triumphs of living with a disability and dealing with the prejudices and convictions of others.
Caitlin is a fifth grader with Asperger's Syndrome. The death of her older brother in a school shooting launches her on a journey not only to identify her emotions but also to feel them so that she and her grieving father can find closure.
Historical photographs and vignettes of German and Allied soldiers with excerpts from their letters and diaries unflinchingly and elegantly portray the senseless waste and horror of war in the first global conflict to use modern weapons.
Vivid period reproductions and primary source documents lend an exciting immediacy to this portrait of the young, idealistic Lafayette who matured into a savvy tactician and passionate ambassador for freedom. Appended timeline, source notes, and bibliography inspire further acquaintance with this dashing figure.