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Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the blink of an eye, the world as we know it has changed. Friends and loved ones have died lonely, painful deaths. Once-robust economies have disintegrated, costing millions their jobs. Schools, forced to close their doors, have resorted to distance learning. Social interaction has been replaced with social distancing. The new series Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic examines the origins of the virus that causes the disease; how different countries responded; how the virus spreads, sickens,

Understanding the Holocaust

Between 1938 and 1945 Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime murdered more than 6 million Jews. This virulent campaign, Hitler’s so-called Final Solution, began with hatred and exclusion but steadily escalated to encompass persecution, expulsion, and, finally, annihilation. Understanding the Holocaust presents an unstinting look at the people and events that lie at the heart of this dark period in human history. Individual titles explore specific topics such as the death camps and killing centers, res

Understanding World History

This series surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.

Understanding World Religions

To truly understand the world's major religions one needs to understand what people within each faith believe, how they practice their faith, and what rules they live by. The Understanding World Religions series explores these important aspects of religion as well as the origins of each faith and some of the challenges faced in the modern age.

Unseen, The

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor, a shapeshifter dealing with her new body, finds herself targeted by rumors, superstition, and religion. As a dangerous predator stalks her hometown, she is forced to decide if she should cling to hope, or follow her instincts and run.

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.

Video Games and Society

Advances in video game technology have fueled a growing appetite for video games of all sorts. Gaming at its core is a form of entertainment but for some it has also become an obsession. Video Games and Society explores the highs and lows of this most ubiquitous technology—how video games have influenced people and daily life.

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

Vinyl Underground, The

A Vietnam-era Breakfast Club bonds over music and their distaste for the Vietnam War and decides to take a stand against the US government and the violent racism in their own town.

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.