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Woven on the Wind

Woven on the Wind

Focuses on the friendship bonds between women and highlights the beauty, sturdiness, and symbiosis that characterizes the American West.

The Demon in the Freezer

The Demon in the Freezer

Now in paperback--the timely and terrifying investigation into the dark underworld of biological weapons from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Hot Zone."

City by City

City by City

A collection of essays—historical and personal—about the present and future of American cities Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb, City by City is a collection of essays—historical, personal, and somewhere in between—about the present and future of American cities. It sweeps from Gold Rush, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, encompassing cities large and small, growing and failing. These essays look closely at the forces—gentrification, underemployment, politics, culture, and crime—that shape urban life. They also tell the stories of citizens whose fortunes have risen or fallen with those of the cities they call home. A cross between Hunter S. Thompson, Studs Terkel, and the Great Depression–era WPA guides to each state in the Union, City by City carries this project of American storytelling up to the days of our own Great Recession.

Fatal Fever

Fatal Fever

In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate. This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. With glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author’s note, and source notes.

God's Bankers

God's Bankers

A deeply reported, New York Times bestselling exposé of the money and the clerics-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican—the world’s biggest, most powerful religious institution—from an acclaimed journalist with “exhaustive research techniques” (The New York Times). From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, God’s Bankers traces the political intrigue of the Catholic Church in “a meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican’s legendary, enabling secrecy” (Kirkus Reviews). Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this book is about the church’s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine financial entanglements across the world. Told through 200 years of prelates, bishops, cardinals, and the Popes who oversee it all, Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in one of the world’s most influential organizations. God’s Bankers has it all: a revelatory and astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, and mysterious deaths written off as suicides; a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church’s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger tensions of more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed: to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican’s Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. “As exciting as a mystery thriller” (Providence Journal), this book reveals with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.

How to Be a Kid

How to Be a Kid

A compendium of silly ideas for annoying adults and friends while having fun, such as pretending to be asleep to avoid work and overhear conversations, proper spitball launch techniques, and ways to avoid eating anything green.

Place Value

Place Value

Introduces place value and numeration in counting, explaining how to count past ten and the significance of comparing the value of two numbers.

Wild Boy

Wild Boy

Presents the story of the feral boy known as the Savage of Aveyron, discovered in the mountain wilderness of Southern France in the late 18th century, and describes the attempts led by Paris physician Jean Marc Gaspard Itard to civilize him.

Ovals

Ovals

Simple text and illustrations show ovals in everyday objects. Includes an activity.

The Lincolns

The Lincolns

Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other.

Stronger Than Steel

Stronger Than Steel

An introduction to the field of genetics is told through the story of Randy Lewis and his work with golden orb weaver spiders as well as his subsequent creation of artificial spider silk that can be used to save and improve lives. 20,000 first printing.

Successful Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas

Successful Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas

Improve content-area reading with a variety of strategies and a wealth of information to help readers in Grades 6-12 improve their comprehension of nonfiction text. This book includes essential reading skills and strategies grouped into 8 categories including: Monitor Comprehension, Activate and Connect, Infer Meaning, Ask Questions, Determine Importance, Visualize, Summarize and Synthesize, and Developing Vocabulary. All of the skills and strategies are covered by providing practical teaching guidelines as well as motivating learner activities. The included Resource CD features graphic organizers and activities pages that can be reproduced and modified. 280pp. + Resource CD