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A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldierBeah, IshmaelThe devastating story of war through the eyes of a child soldier. Beah tells how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and became a soldier.226921 ISH
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A long way homeBrierley, SarooThis is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again.288 921 BRI
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A lucky life interrupted: a memoir of hopeBrokaw, TomOne of America's most beloved journalists takes us through his expereince with cancer as he faces his own mortality, looks back at his career, and examines the meaning of his life.240070 BRO
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A stolen lifeDugard, Jaycee LeeJaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.304 921 DUG
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A walk across AmericaJenkins, PeterA disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America, searching for himself and his country. He found both. And much more.320917.3 JEN
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All better nowSmith, Emily WingIn turns candid, angry, and beautiful, Emily Wing Smith’s captivating memoir chronicles her struggles with both mental and physical disabilities during her childhood, the devastating accident that may have saved her life, and the means by which she coped with it all: writing.304616.85 SMI
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All heart: my dedication and determination to become one of soccer's bestLloyd, Carli and Wayne CoffetA full and inspiring story of Carli's journey to the top of the soccer world, through her struggles with doubts and low confidence to her epic performance a the 2015 World Cup304921 LLO
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American sniperKyle, Chris with Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwenKyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.448 921 KYL
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Americanized: rebel without a green cardSaedi, SaraAt thirteen, Sara learns that her family fled Iran when she was 2 and they are all living illegally in the United States. This bok follows Sara's progress toward getting her green card and being an "American" teenager288
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Bad girls of fashion: style rebels from Cleopatra to Lady GagaCross, JenniferExplore the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood.205391 CRO
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Balcony on the moon: coming of age in PalestineIbtisam, BarakatThe award-winning Palestinain author takes us through her childhood and adolescence in Paletsine in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. We get a glimpse of pursuing dreams in the face of adversity.217921 BAR
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Basketball junkieHerren, Chris and Bill ReynoldsWhen the Boston Celtics acquired his contract, he lived the dream of every Massachusetts kid—but off the court Herren was secretly crumbling, as his alcohol and drug use escalated and his life spiraled out of control.288 921 HER
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Basketball's greatest starsGrange, Michael and Wayne EmbryDive in to see detailed profiles of the 50 greatest and most exciting players in basketball history and an examination of the sport and a compelling history of the great game.216
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Being JazzJennings, JazzJazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen.272 921 JEN
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Bill Gates: a twentieth-century lifeAronson, MarcAs a teenager, Gates realized how computers were about to change the world, and made his fortune by riding that wave; modern teens look to him as their model of how technology can be turned into wealth.192 921 Gat
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Born a crime: strories from a South African childhoodNoah, TrevorThe story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist.304921 NOA
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Born to runSpringsteen, BruceThis book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.528 921 SPR
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Boy meets depressionBreel, KevinIn a memoir that is both raw and real, Kevin explores what it means to grow up.  Dealing with dysfunction, loss and an intense battle with depression, Kevin brings the reader on a ride that is bumpy and brutally honest.224 921 BRE
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Boy on ice: the life and death of Derek BoogaardBranch, JohnAcclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death.384 921 BOO
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Brazen: rebel ladies who rocked the worldBagieu, PenelopeThe profiled lives of feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. Including Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Bakerto Naziq al-Abid. The stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.304920 BAG
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BreakawayMorgan, Alex (Alexandra Patricia)From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to her key role in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband320 921 MOR
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Courage to soar: a body in motion, a life in balaceBiles, Simon with Michelle BurfordHere, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.256 921 BIL
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Dare to disappoint: growing up in TurkeySamanci, OzgeTrying to balance the demands of her parents, the state of her country, and her own desires, a girl dreams of a life of adventure.190921 SAM
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Dawn of the new everytohing: encounters with reality and cirtual realityLanier, JaronThe father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology.304921 LAN
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Diary of a Tokyo teen: a Japanese-American girl draws her way across the land of trendy, high-tech toilets and maid cafesInzer, Christine MariJapanese-born, American raised Christine returns to Japan to get reaquanted with her birthplace.127
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Elena vanishingDunkle, Elena and ClaraThis is the story of seventeen-year-old Elena, whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.304 921 DUN
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Elon Musk and the quest for a fantastic future: young readers' editionVance, AshleeSouth African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior288921 MUS
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Endurace: a year in space, a lifetime of discoveryKelly, ScottA stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.369921 KEL
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Every falling star: the true story of how I survived and escaped North KoreaLee, Sungju and Susan McClellandThe intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a ang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains.336 921 LEE
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Eyes of the world: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the invention of modern photojournalismAronson, MarcA look at how photojournalism was born from two young Jewish reugees. Robert and Gerda took a stand against Fascism by depicting modern warfare.304920 ARO
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Fierce: how competing for myself changed everythingRaisman, AlyDiscover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games--and beyond.344796.44 RAI
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Florence Nightengale: the courageous life of the legendary nurseReef, CatherineThis riveting biography explores the exceptional life of a woman who defied the stifling conventions of Victorian society to pursue what was considered an undesirable vocation.192 921 NIG
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Future: rap rising star Higgins, MelissaThis biography highlights the life and accomplishments of Future. Readers learn about Future's early life, inspiration to pursue music, and successes as a hip-hop artist.112921 HIG
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Game changers: the unsung heroines of sports historySchiot, MollyA celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the twentieth century that features rarely seen photos and new interviews with past and present game changers including Abby Wambach and Cari Champion.320 920 SCH
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Get lit rising: Words ignite. Claim your poem. Clain your life.Lane, Diane Luby and the Get Lit PlayersGet to know the Get Lit Players—a group of teens who use poetry to take on the world—with this standards-based book that sheds light on teen issues through their own poetry and slam poetry performances.272 920 GET
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Girl code: gaming, going viral, and getting it doneGonzales, Andrea and Sophie HouserThe story of how two teen girls became world famous powerhouses in the tech industry after creating a viral video game. They share bonus content to help you get started coding, as well as what they've in about opportunities in science and technology and the value of discovering your own voice and creativity.272005.1 GON
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Ginger kid: mostly true tales from a former nerdHofstetter, SteveSteve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade . . . when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds.290792.7 HOF
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Hidden figures: the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space raceShetterly, Margot LeeHidden Figures takes us through time as it follows a group of women called "human computers" who answered America's cry for help for the aeronautics industry. Being black in a segregated society, they faced many challenges as they worked to change their country's future.349510.92 LEE
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Hidden girl: the true story of a modern-day child slaveHall, Shyima with Lisa WysockyAn inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery—and built a new life grounded in determination and justice.240 921 HAL
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Hillary Rodham Clinton: a woman living historyBlumenthal, KarenBelieving her parents words that she can do or be whatever she chose, as long she was willing to work, this former First Lady has always stood out from the pack. Here we get an intimate look at her life, politics, and what the futur holds in store.432921 CLI
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Hillybilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisisVance, J.D.A poor family moves from Kentucky to Ohio in hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Everyone struggles with the demands of their new middle class life and the demons of their chaotic family history. We get an inside view of this disintegrating demographic of the country who have last hope.264921 VAN
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How dare the sun rise: memoirs of a war childUwiringiyimana, Sandra and Abigail PestaA girl from the Democratic Republic, just ten years old, survived a massacre. With no money and no home, she and those of her family who survived stuggled to stay alive until they were able to immigrate to America. Here, Sandra overcame her trauma through art and activism.304921 UWI
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I am a secret service agent: my life spend protecting the presidentEmmett, Dan and Charles MaynardWhen President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, 8-year-old Dan knew he wanted to become a Secret Service agent. He did just that, eventually becoming one of the best and providing protection to three of our nation's presidents. This book is describes the duties and challenges of what it means to protect a president of the United States at all costs, as well as tells some of the inner workings of the White House.256
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I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the TalibanYousafzai, Malala with Christina LambTale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, the fight for girls' education, a father who championed and encouraged his daughter to write & attend school, and brave parents who love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.368 921 YOU
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I will always write back: how one letter changed two livesAlifirenka, Caitlin; Martin Ganda; and Liz WelchWhat started as an assignment to write letters to an unknown student somewhere else in the world blossomed into the friendship of a lifetime. 392305.235 ALI
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In the country we love: my family dividedGuerrero, Diane with Michelle BurfordA heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. 272 921 GUE
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In the shadow of liberty: the hidden history of slavery, four presidents, and five black livesDavis, Kenneth C.Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America.304 920 DAV
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Inferno: a doctor's tale of ebolaHatch, SteveSix months after arriving in Liberia to work at a hospital, the Ebola virus was named a world health emergency. Dr. Hatch saw first hand as it destroyed whole families in days. This is his memoir about the ravages of a terrible disease, the small hospital that fought to contain it, and the science and biology behind this fast-spreading disease, which he saw will inevitably return.320
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Invisible man, got the whole world watchingSmith, Mychal DenzelThis books gives us an account of how, politically and culturally, the existing script for black manhood has been rewritten for the milenial generation. Smith tells us of his own struggles to come into manhood at a time many black men do not survive into adulthood.224
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Jack & Jack: you don't know JacksGilinsky, Jack and Jack JohnsonTwo regular kids growing up in Omaha, Nebraska became Vine ingenues, YouTube megastars, and hip-pop senstation.256
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Lab girlJahren, HopeAcclaimed scientist Hope Jahren tells how she found a sanctuary in science, learned to perform lab work with both heart and hands, and her frienship with her lab partner Bill.290921 JAH
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Life in motion: an unlikely ballerinaCopeland, Misty with Charisse JonesMisty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.304 921 COP
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Lighter than my shadowGreen, KatieWhat started as normal behavior, a picky eater refusing food, turned into something sinister, something deadly. This is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness. 509921 GRE
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Longshot: the adventures of a deaf fundamentalist Mormon kid and his journey to the NBAAllred, LanceThe unlikely story of an unlikely athlete, who despite a lot of setbacks along the way, finally realized his dream of playing in the NBA, becoming the first legally deaf player in the league.272 921 ALL
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Makes me wanna holler: a young black man in AmericaMcCall, NathanAn African-American journalist recalls his own troubled childhood, his rehabitation while in prison, and his successful Washington Post career.448921 MCC
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Man's search for meaningFrankl, Viktor E.Based on his own experience and the experiences of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.184 921 FRA
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Mary's monster: love, madness, and how Mary Shelley created FrankensteinJudge, LitaA dark, intense, and beautiful account with over 300 pages of illustrations, of the profound author of Frankenstein320921 SHE
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Maus II: a survivor's tale: and here my troubles beganSpiegelman, ArtMaus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father.136 920 SPI
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Mountains beyond mountains: the quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the worldKidder, Trcy adapted by Michael FrenchFarmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.333 921 FAR
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Muhammad Ali: "I am the greatest"Micklos, JohnA biography of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, discussing his early struggles with racism, rise to fame as a world heavyweight champion, personal hardships, including his refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War, and legacy1607320BIO
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My brief historyHawking, StephenRecounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity.126 921 HAW
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No dream is too high: life lessons from a man who walked on the moonAldrin, BuzzA beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history.224623.45 ALD
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No summit out of sight: the true story of the youngest person to climb the seven summitsRomero, Jordan with Linda LeBlancThe story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At age 15, he reached the summits of the world's 7 highest mountains355 921 ROM
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Obsessed: a memoir of my life with OCDBritz, AllisonA brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir.368921 BRI
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On two feet and wingsKazerooni, AbbasClose to his 10th birthday, Abbas has to leave his parents and friends to flee Tehran or risk being sent to war256921 KAZ
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One the move: a lifeSacks, OliverOn the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer—and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.397921 SAC
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On writing: a memoir of the craftKing, StephenPart memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have.288 921 KIN
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One dog at a time: saving the strays of AfghanistanFarthing, PenAfter he intervened against the local practice of dog fighting, Marine Pen Farthing found himself slowly collecting stray dogs that would wander into ther compound until he housed a makeshift pound.308636.08 FAR
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Paradise general: riding the surge at a combat hospital in IraqHnida, DaveA family physician from Littleton, Colorado volunteered to be deployed to Iraq .304
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Positive: surviving my bullies, finding hope, and living to change the worldRawl, Paigew ith Ali BenjaminA teenager's memoir of the experinces of bullying, being HIV positive and surviving the experiences to become a force for positive change in this world272 921 RAW
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Ranger games: a story of soldiers, family and an inexplicable crimeBlum, BenAlex Blum was a good kid with one unshakeable goal in life: Become a U.S. Army Ranger. On the day of his leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery.432364.15 BLU
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Rest in power: the enduring life of Trayvon MartinFulton, Sybrina and Tracy MartinOn a February evening in 2012, 17 year old Trayvon was shot and killed while walking home by a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman. His story lives on, as does the rise of a movement,331921 MAR
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Restless spirit: the unconventional raising of a championFranklin, Missy and D.A. and Dick Franklin with Daniel PaisnerGold medalist Missy Franklin, along with her parents, tell the inspirational and heartwarming story of how Missy became both a legendary athlete and a happy and confident woman.320 921 FRA
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RG3: the promiseSheinin, DaveReporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of Griffin’s phenomenal rookie year—and offers a unique and intimate look inside the transformation one of the NFL’s brightest young stars.374 921 GRI
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Rise of the rocket girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to MarsHolt, Nathaliain the 1940s and 50s, an elite group of young women, known as "human computers" joined forces to help bring about the first American satellites and made the exploration of the solar system possible.338
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Rosalie Lighning: a graphic memoirHart, TomThis Eisner-nominated cartoonist takes us through his family's journey through the loss of his young daughter.272741.5 HAR
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Ryan Higa's how to write goodHiga, RyanAn unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one fo the top creators on YouTue. With pictures! And illustrations! And, y'know, words.224791 HIG
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Sachiko: a Nagasaki bomb survivor's storyStelson, Caren B.The true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath.120 921 YAS
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Samurai rising: the epic life of Minamoto YoshitsuneTurner, Pamlea S.This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.256 921 MIN
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Shaken: discovering your true identity in the midst of life's stormsTebow, TimThis once football star shares the vulnerable moments of his career that have shaken him to his core, but he also explains why the highs nor the lows of his life can define him. He reveals how you can find confidence in your identity, know who you are, and keep the faith.224248.4 TEB
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Shoot like a girl: one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home frontHegar, Mary JenningsMJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice. 368921 HEG
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Spaceman: an astronaut's unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universeMassimino, MikeMassimino tell of his unliley success to finally realize his childhood space dreams. He takes us through the surreal wonder and beauty of space.320629.45 NAS
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Speak a word for freedom: women against slaveryWillen, Janet and Marjorie GannThe commitment of women past and present to fight against human trafficking, slavery, and child slavery continues to leave a deep impact on the world. Here are the stories of fourteen of these women.216920 WIL
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SpinningWalden, TillieTillie captures, in this graphic memoir, what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. The world of ice skating.392
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Stealing Buddha's dinner: a memoirNguyen, Bich MinhFollow Bich Nguyen as she comes of age in the pre-PC-era Midwest.284 921 NGU
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Steve Jobs: insanely greatHartland, JessieCapturing his brilliance, as well as his many demons, this biography illuminates the meteoric successes, devastating setbacks, and myriad contradictions that make up the extraordinary life and legacy of the insanely great Steve Jobs.272 921 JOB
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Steve Jobs: the man who thought diffeentBlumenthal, KarenCritically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers. Framed by Jobs' inspirational Stanford commencement speech and illustrated throughout with black and white photos, this is the story of the man who changed our world.267921 JOB
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Sticking it out: chronicles of a percussionist from Julliard to the orchestra pitNiemi, PattiPatti Neimi chose the drums at age 10 and then stpent years mastering her craft as she struggles to make it in a cutthroat race to a coveted job in an orchestra264921 NEI
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Surprised by joy: the shape of my early lifeLewis, C.S.A partial autobiography describing Lewis' conversion to Christianity, his search for joy, and his early years.185921 LEW
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The amazing book is not on fire: the world of Dan and PhilHowell, Dan and Phil LesterFrom YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) comes a laugh-out-loud look into the world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the Internet.224 920 HOW
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The best we could doBui, ThiAn intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam329921 BUI
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The boy on the wooden boxLeon, LeysonThe tale of one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's List240921 LEY
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The boy who harnessed the wind: creating currents of electricity and hopeKamkwamba, William and Bryan MealerWhen famine caused his family destitute, William was unable to attend school to study science. Instead of letting go of his dreams, he built a crude yet operable windmill that would change the lives of his family and community.270921 KAM
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The boy who played with fusion: extreme science, extreme parenting, and how to make a starClynes, TomHow an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor 320539.7 CLY
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The boy who runs: the odyssey of Julius AchonAchon, Julius and John BrantThe inspirational true story of the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-renowned runner, then found his calling as director of a world-renowned African children's charity.248796.42 BRA
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The captain: the journey of Derek JeterO'Connor, IanMore than 200 interviews and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York's most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete.400 921 JET
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The dead insideEtler, Cyndy DrewCyndy Etler's gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called "a concentration camp for throwaway kids.304362.29 ETL
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The everything sotre: Jeff Bezos and the age of AmazonStone, BradThe revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.384384 STO
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The girl who escaped Isis: this is my storyKhalaf, Farida and Andrea C. HoffmanA rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence, and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors.321 921 KHA
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