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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its…

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The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

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“I pray that God forgive them...” Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,” Betsie…

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The Visual Geography Series reveals the history and government, economy, people, geography, and cultural life of countries around the world. Supports the national curriculum standards Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments;…

The Mad Trapper

by Rudy Wiebe

|January 29, 2003

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When it began, he was just another stranger without a name. When it ended, he was the most notorious criminal in North America, the object of the largest manhunt in RCMP history. This is the story of Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper, a silent man of superhuman…

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Collecting the most incisive and influential writings of one of Rome's finest orators, Cicero's Selected Works is translated with an introduction by Michael Grant in Penguin Classics. Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a…

Greener Grass

by Caroline Pignat

|October 1, 2008

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Kit Byrne's family is a strong one, but their strength and unity are being severely tested, as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland. Lord Fraser is the wealthy landowner, from which the Byrne's and many other families rent their…

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From the Gallows The Lost Testimony of Louis Riel   Louis Riel was one of Canada's most misunderstood heroes. Vilified by the government and worshipped by the people who sought his help, Riel was a truly outstanding figure in Canadian history.   The…

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"A triumphantly moving book."  — Kirkus Reviews , starred review Hannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the…

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They Call Me Sacagawea is rich and classic storytelling. The history of the astounding expedition of Lewis and Clark leaps off the page when told here by their teenage Shoshone interpreter--Sacagawea. Readers learn about this young mother's extraordinary travels…

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by Ruth Minsky Sender

|August 1, 1997

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As long as there is life, there is hope After Mama is taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers cling to their mothere's brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto. Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated.…