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Upfront Health (21st Century Skills Library)

For young people, leading a healthy lifestyle requires education and empowerment. In the Upfront Health series, readers will explore the social aspects and health effects of common issues they and their peers are facing, and ways to make healthy choices. Side bars challenge and expand readers' thinking while relating topics to 21st Century skills and themes--from creativity and innovation to financial literacy.

Vaccine Wars:When Science and Politics Collide

Vaccines have been one of the most important public health breakthroughs of the last century. Yet despite their ability to save lives, vaccines have become the objects of fear-mongering and fake science. From the groundbreaking polio vaccine to the COVID-19 vaccines produced in record time, Vaccine Wars: When Science and Politics Collide examines why these remarkably successful drugs remain so controversial.

Vaping: Considering the Risks

Vaping has been promoted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, yet e-cigarettes are far from safe. This book explores the addictive nature of vaping and the health dangers e-cigarettes pose to teens. It examines the evolution of vaping and the tactics used to circumvent regulations and keep vapes on the market. It provides information for teens who need to think critically about these products and how they impact their health.

Versus

All sports fans have their heroes, and part of the fun of watching sports is debating which athletes are the best. This series pits classic stars against contemporary champions, comparing them on various skills to see which fares better. While chapters will name winners based on these specific skills, it will up to the reader to decide who is the all-time great.

Vidcode Coding Hacks

Create filters, use special effects, and more, while learning building blocks of code. Page Plus links to hands-on coding activities are included. These project-based titles are created in partnership with Vidcode, an online coding platform for grades 4 and up.

Viewpoints and Perspectives (Perspectives Library)

A historical event does not look the same to everyone. It often depends on one's perspective. In the Viewpoints and Perspectives series, more advanced readers will come to understand different viewpoints by learning the context, significance, and details of key historical events through the eyes of three different people, while engaging with text through questions sparking critical thinking.

Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Autocratic Ruler

For more than two decades, Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, has nurtured his goal of restoring Russia’s global power and influence. A longtime opponent of the West, he has mouthed support for democracy while at the same time ruling Russia with an iron fist. And then, in early 2022, Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine. His willingness to use crushing violence against his supposed enemies-including even threats of nuclear strikes-makes him one of the most dangerous leader

Voices in Poetry

Combining biographical profiles with poetry selections, this selection of Voices in Poetry highlights the extraordinary lives and talent of some of the world's most influential poets. This series introduces readers to unique poetic voices from multicultural perspectives by featuring full-length poems or excerpts from larger works and examinations of the author's style and thematic material.

Voices of the People

Through poems that capture the essence of each person’s life, acclaimed Native American writer Joseph Bruchac introduces readers to famous indigenous leaders from The Peacemaker in 1000 A.D. to modern day dancer Maria Tallchief and Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller. Each poem is illustrated by a modern-day tribally enrolled artist.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukrainian President and Unlikely Hero

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, Ukraine’s relatively young and inexperienced president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, immediately marshalled his nation’s military forces. From that moment forward, Zelenskyy has displayed remarkable courage and resolve in the face of a brutal and larger, more well-equipped foe. He speaks nightly to his people, millions of whom have been displaced by the war. He visits Ukrainian soldiers on the frontlines. He reaches out to nations worldwid