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Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World

Jane Yolen (2008), 112 pages
Illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Historical, Nonfiction
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It's no secret that pirates are thieving, murdering scallywags that take what they want no matter the cost. And pirates are all men, right? Wrong! This book contains the scandalous stories of 13 lady pirates, and they were just as notorious and naughty as any male pirate. Some of these women turned to pirating because they were poor and despairing, while others were motivated by simple greed. They thumbed their noses at the law and seized power in a world that had very different expectations for women. The woodcut inspired illustrations lend power and a sense of history to these exciting stories.
Similar books: The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen; Women of the Sea: Ten Pirate Stories by Myra Weatherly
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 3/29/2013
ISBN-10: 1580891314
ISBN-13: 9781580891318
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Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering

Martin W. Sandler (2009), 96 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Read the fascinating story of New York City's first subway. In the 1860s, New York City was a center of manufacturing, transportation and entertainment with a population of more than one million people and many more tourists. Unfortunately, traffic was so bad that it took hours to go a few miles and crossing the street was a hazard. The hundreds of horses that pulled wagons, buses, and trolleys produced as much as ten pounds of manure every day! Gross! Something had to be done! Enter Alfred Ely Beach, an inventor and entrepreneur. He thought an underground railway, which he would invent and build, was the only way to relieve the congestion, and the manure, on the streets. The challenges of designing and manufacturing the subway were daunting enough. But because Boss Tweed would not allow the city to give Beach permission to build the subway, his men dug the tunnel for the subway at night, storing the dirt in an empty building, so no one would know what they were doing. This story is so amazing that you won't believe it really happened.
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 8/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1426304625
ISBN-13: 9781426304620
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Seeing Red: The Planet Mars

Nancy Loewen (2008), 24 pages
Illustrated by Jeff Yesh
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Did you know that Mars orbits the sun in an oval-shaped path? -or that dust storms are common on Mars, sometimes covering the entire planet? If not, read Seeing Red: The Planet Mars by Nancy Loewen to find out exciting facts about the smallest planet in our solar system. In this book, the author combines easy-to-understand text with clear and colorful illustrations to engage readers as they travel through space to explore the red planet!
Similar authors: Hena Khan; Eve Hartman;James Lincoln; Conrad J. Storad; David Baker
Similar books: Mars, You Decide How to Survive! by Hena Khan; Mission to Mars by Eve Hartman; Mars: The Red Planet by James Lincoln; Mars by Conrad J. Storad; Journey to Mars: Exploring Space by David Baker
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/25/2012
ISBN-10: 1404839534
ISBN-13: 9781404839533
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Shepherd's Trail

Cat Urbigkit (2008), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Sheepherders are hired to tend the sheep herd or band of sheep in the American West. Each band of female sheep has one thousand to two thousand sheep, while the male sheep are in smaller bands. The ranch owner hires one or two shepherds to tend the whole herd. Many of them come from sheepherding cultures that include Mexicans, Basques, Native Americans, Mongolians, and Nepalese. The sheep are moved from one place to another as the shepherds ride horses, and use herding dogs to help them. The unique lifestyle of a shepherd, as he lives today, has been mostly the same for a century. The rams, ewes, and guardian dogs live together in a fascinating way.
Similar books: Cattle Kids by Cat Urbigkit and Ranch by Roxie Munro
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 1590785096
ISBN-13: 9781590785096
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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackeleton and the Endurance

Jennifer Armstrong (1998), 120 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Imagine setting out on a voyage to explore Antarctica, having the goal of being the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica on land from one side to the other. This is what the crew of The Endurance did in August, 1914. Five months later, and only 100 miles from their destination, they ran into a bit of trouble, and their ship became trapped in ice, broke apart, and sank. They were so close to their goal when tragedy struck. Now, they were 1,400 miles away from help, and living in extreme weather conditions with dwindling supplies. Jennifer Armstrong has written an account of the unbelievable events of this voyage.
Similar books: Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0517800136
ISBN-13: 9780517800133
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