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Vietnam War, The

The Vietnam War constitutes a defining moment in modern history. Starting from 1945 and lasting to 1975, The war pitted the Communists of Vietnam, supported by China and the USSR, against a number of opponents, including first the French and second the South Vietnamese and Americans, the latter supported by a number of allies. U.S. involvement began when the anti-Communist government of South Vietnam sought American aid, and this grew steadily from technical support, weapons, and equipment to th

View From Who I Was, The

On a cold Colorado night, Oona Antunes leaves Crystal High's Winter Formal, walks deep into the woods, and lies down in the snow to die. She awakens in the hospital, suffering the effects of frostbite and hypothermia. But her physical injuries aren't nearly as painful as the wound she can't name, the one she feels cutting deep into the core of who she is. While recovering from her suicide attempt, Oona discovers that the roots of her problems go beyond herself. To fully understand what happened

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.

War on ISIS, The

For nearly four years the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spread war and terror across the Middle East. ISIS saw itself as the ruler of the world?s 1.8 billion Muslims who would be forced to live under a caliphate based on beliefs and laws common in the 7th century. In 2015 the United States and some forty other nations launched a war against ISIS, making a stand against one of the most vicious terrorist groups known on earth.

Were Native Americans the Victims of Genocide?

European destiny in the Americas came at the expense of the Native peoples. On this point, most knowledgeable people would agree. Where there is disagreement is in determining the intent of the white Europeans who sought to make the Americas their new home. The question of intent, still contentious today, is the focus of the book Were Native Americans the Victims of Genocide?

Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species

Decades of commercial whaling nearly decimated a variety of species of this charismatic megafauna. Modern international conventions—starting in the mid-twentieth century—banned most commercial whaling, with the exception of indigenous whale hunting. But Japan, Iceland, and Norway rejected the moratorium and continue to slaughter whales. Science writer Karen Roman Young interviews experts in the field to explore whale biology, habitat, and behaviour. She discusses threats to whale populations, in

What Remains

In less than a second . . . . . . two of the things Cal Ryan cares most aboutùa promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friendsùare gone forever. In the hours that follow . . . . . . Cal's damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same. Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on. But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just . . . won't . . . stop. Cal thought he

Where Silence Gathers

For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she's found a best friend in Revenge. He's her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate's release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family. But there's one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choiceùmoving on or getting even.

Where You End

Miriam Feldman was attracted to the artists, the musicians, the boys who wore broken-down cardigans. Boys like Elliot. Their relationship was intense, passionate, all consuming. When they were together, Miriam knew who she was, in the way you can only know when you're deeply in love. Now that it's over, Miriam has to pick up the pieces. Even when Elliot starts seeing someone else. Even when she impulsively knocks over a priceless work of art. Even when she's blackmailed by the mystery girl who s

Whisper  

Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with three other young "rejects" and their caregiver, Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. Whisper?s mother visits once a year. When she dies, she leaves Whisper a violin, which Nathanael teaches her to play. Whisper?s father comes to claim her, and she becomes his house slave, her disfigurement hidden by a black veil. But when she proves rebellious,