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  • Pro Basketball Records: A Guide for Every Fan

    Matt Chandler

    Paperback (Compass Point Books, Feb. 1, 2019)
    This comprehensive look at pro basketball records covers everything from Wilt Chamberlain's list-topping 100-point game to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats mark for fewest wins in a season. Among the record highs and lows, budding fans will find loads of epic accomplishments and eye-popping numbers. And discovering basketball's record book only multiplies the fun and wonder of following the game.
  • Thomas Alva Edison: Great American Inventor

    Michael Burgan

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Sept. 1, 2006)
    As a young boy, Thomas Alva Edison was fascinated with technology and chemical experiments. Later, his attempt to improve the telegraph led to his first creation, the phonograph, that set the stage for his life of discovery and invention. His incandescent light bulb made him a popular hero, and many dubbed him the Wizard of Menlo Park. Driven by his curiosity and desire to make life easier for everyone, Edison ended up changing the world.
  • Exposing Hidden Worlds: How Jacob Riis' Photos Became Tools for Social Reform

    Michael Burgan

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Aug. 1, 2017)
    President Theodore Roosevelt called Jacob Riis "the best American I ever knew." The pioneering photojournalist, an immigrant from Denmark, drew attention to the poverty and evils of slum life in the late 1800s. Riis won national acclaim when his photos illustrated his bestselling book How the Other Half Lives. The book focused on the difficult time immigrants faced as thousands of newcomers flooded into the United States each year. Riis called for reform and hoped to prod government officials to help the poor people who were forced to live under horrible conditions. The impact of Riis' photos came from capturing the poor and homeless as they lived and worked, with the subjects' eyes often staring directly into the camera. The great photographer Ansel Adams called them "magnificent achievements in the field of humanistic photography." But the reforms that came from Riis' work have not eliminated urban poverty and homelessness, and important work remains to be done.
  • The Wonders of Water

    Melissa Stewart

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Jan. 1, 1879)
  • Getting Out and Getting Along: The Shy Guide to Friends and Relationships

    Karen Latchana Kenney

    Paperback (Compass Point Books, Feb. 1, 2019)
    Some people are comfortable being alone most of the time. Others wish they had more courage and confidence to make more friends. Maybe you're somewhere in between or just want to have better social skills out in the world. This book provides coping skills, advice, and real-life examples to navigate through both daily life and unusual social situations. It even helps you deal with the times you have to talk and be social even when you don't want to be.
  • You Are Eating Plastic Every Day: What's in Our Food?

    Danielle Smith-Llera

    Paperback (Compass Point Books, Aug. 1, 2019)
    Scientists have recently started studying plastic pollution and our food supply. And, make no mistake, you are eating microscopic pieces of plastic everyday. What does it mean for our health? And what can you do about it? Students will get practical tips on how they can get involved and become part of the solution.
  • Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression

    Don Nardo, Kathleen Baxter, Alexa L. Sandmann Ed.D.

    Paperback (Compass Point Books, Feb. 1, 2011)
    In the 1930s, photographer Dorothea Lange traveled the American West documenting the experiences of those devastated by the Great Depression. She wanted to use the power of the image to effect political change, but even she could hardly have expected the effect that a simple portrait of a worn-looking woman and her children would have on history. This image, taken at a migrant workers' camp in Nipomo, California, would eventually come to be seen as the very symbol of the Depression. The photograph helped reveal the true cost of the disaster on human lives and shocked the U.S. government into providing relief for the millions of other families devastated by the Depression.
  • Hats!

    Dana Meachen Rau, Paul Harvey

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Jan. 1, 2001)
    A young boy tries on many different hats while trying to decide which one to wear.
  • Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration

    Shelley Marie Tougas

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, July 1, 2011)
    Nine African American students made history when they defied a governor and integrated an Arkansas high school in 1957. It was the photo of a young girl trying to enter the school being taunted, harassed and threatened by an angry mob that grabbed the world's attention and kept its disapproving gaze on Little Rock, Arkansas. In defiance of a federal court order, Governor Orval Faubus called in the National Guard to prevent the students from entering all white Central High School. The plan had been for the students to meet and go to school as a group on September 4, 1957. But one student didn't hear of the plan and tried to enter the school alone. A chilling photo by newspaper photographer Will Counts captured the sneering expression of a girl in the mob and made history. Years later Counts snapped another photo, this one of the same two girls, now grownup, reconciling in front of Central High School.
  • Chickens Have Chicks

    Lynn M. Stone

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Sept. 1, 2000)
    An introduction to the life cycle of chickens from birth as chicks, to adults, describing their appearance, feeding habits, and growth.
  • Bridget "Biddy" Mason: From Slave to Businesswoman

    Jean Kinney Williams

    Library Binding (Compass Point Books, Sept. 1, 2005)
    A biography profiling the life of Bridget "Biddy" Mason, a former slave who won her freedom in California, and later worked as a nurse and helped others. Includes source notes and timeline.
  • The Jamestown Colony

    Brendan January

    Paperback (Compass Point Books, Sept. 1, 2000)
    An account of the first permanent English settlement in North America, with all its tragedies and disasters, established in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia.