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The American Revolution: From Bunker Hill to Yorktown

by Deborah Kent

The book examines the American Revolution, including the causes of the conflict, the major battles, the leaders of the fight for independence, daily life for soldiers and civilians, and the American victory.

The American Revolution: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!"

by Deborah Kent

This is an overview of the American Revolution, from the mounting tensions which led to war to the ratifying of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The book covers the major action of the war and introduces such key figures as George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and General Cornwallis. Quotes from British and Continental eyewitnesses help to bring the story to life.

American Sign Language

by Deborah Kent

This book gives young readers a brief overview of American Sign Language (ASL). The book focuses on the history of ASL and the controversies which have surrounded it since its inception.

Animal Helpers for the Disabled

by Deborah Kent

Written for children in the middle grades, this book gives a brief history of the assistance-dog movement and the many ways in which dogs (as well as, in some instances, other animals) work as partners with people with disabilities. Chapters explore how assistance dogs are trained, living with an assistance dog, and legislation regarding access to public accommodations.

Belonging

by Deborah Kent

After years in a special class for blind students, fifteen-year-old Meg persuades her parents to let her attend the local high school. Afraid that she will have a hard time, her parents agree to let her try for a semester. Meg longs to join the in crowd at school, and struggles for a way to fit in. Some new friends and an inspiring, though troubled, teacher help her gain a deeper understanding of who she is.

Blackwater Creek (Saddle the Wind series)

by Deborah Kent

While her father and brother pan for gold, 14-year-old Erika Nagy works for the wife of their greedy landlord, Hart Latham. She forms a deep bond with Arany, a sorrel filly Latham plans to sell. Arany leads Erika to an amazing discovery, but Latham suspects what she has found and wants it for himself. A book in the Saddle the Wind series.

Chance of a Lifetime

by Deborah Kent

After the bloody Battle of Vicksburg, Jacquetta May Logan is separated from her family. She returns to the family plantation to find that it has been turned into a hospital for Yankee soldiers, and the Yankees plan to commandeer her father's herd of Morgan horses for the army. In this tumultuous situation Jacquetta turns for help to Peace, one of her family's slaves. Through a week of adventures she and Peace form a bond based on their love of horses and the fact that each of them is searching for lost family. This is the first of four novels in the Saddle the Wind series.

The Courage to Live (Why Me #2)

by Deborah Kent

A Stolen Life One minute Chloe Peterson was a happy, busy teen, going to school, working at a vet's office, and trying out for The Sound of Music. Then her world fell apart. It began with headaches, fever, and aching stiffness that left her weak and dizzy. Then Dad was laid off from his job. And Mom began working overtime, so they rarely saw her anymore. The doctor said Chloe's problem was stress. But the vitamins he recommended didn't work. There was never a right time to approach Mom or Dad. . . until she collapsed. Todd Bowers, the cute guy she met at the vet's, had seen it coming. He tried to help. She almost let herself believe they could be a couple. But when Chloe landed in the hospital, everything changed. Suddenly she was fighting for her life -- against the greatest enemy of all: herself. Who could help her now? Was Todd's feeling for her real -- or pity? Could she dare take the ultimate risk and believe that he really cares?

The Disability Rights Movement (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

According to 1990 census figures, about 43 million Americans, or one person out of every seven, have some form of disability. A disability is defined as any condition that limits a person's capacity to work or to perform tasks of daily living such as dressing, bathing, cooking, driving an automobile, or using a telephone. Judy Heumann, Paul Miller, and Ruth Sienkiewicz have widely varied disabling conditions. Yet they share one common bond. Each of them experienced the pain of discrimination. Though many challenges lie ahead, people with disabilities are becoming more visible on the streets, in the workplace, and in the media.

Don't Cry for Yesterday (Why Me #1)

by Deborah Kent

High schooler Amber Novak's life is changed forever when a date with hunky Eric Moore ends in a car crash. Now Amber will never walk again. When she begins rehab at Hamilton Hospital, she meets others who understand her pain, and they warn her that nothing can prepare her for reality. Can she find the courage to rebuild her life and dream again?

Dorothy Day: Friend to the Forgotten

by Deborah Kent

Written for teens, this biography recounts the life of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), crusader for justice and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Day's work combined political activism with spiritual purpose. In New York City soup kitchens and on communal farms she sought to create communities that made all comers welcome. She also founded and edited a radical Catholic newspaper, the Catholic Worker, which has sold for a penny a copy since 1933.

Extraordinary People with Disabilities

by Deborah Kent Kathryn A. Quinlan

This book tells the stories of 54 historical figures with disabilities. From people who were known for their disability like Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder and Heather Whitestone to people who made an impact on the world and not just amongst the disabled community, like FDR, Harriet Tubman and Thomas Edison. In addition to the biographies there are short histories of legislation that changed history for Americans with Disabilities.

The Freedom Riders (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

The "Cornerstones of Freedom" books detail important events in United States history. In this book, the civil rights movement during the 20th century is explored with regard to race relations in the Southern states.

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (Cornerstones of Freedom, 2nd Series)

by Deborah Kent

History of the levee breaks on the Mississippi River in 1927, and the subsequent flood.

How We Lived in Colonial New England

by Deborah Kent

Written for children in grades 3-6, this book describes life in the New England colonies - the houses people lived in, what they wore, what they ate, what they believed, how they cared for the sick. It contains many quotes from letters and diaries of the time. A bibliography and index are also included.

Jane Addams and Hull House (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

A biography of the social worker who defended the oppressed, promoted education for the poor, worked for world peace, and founded Hull Houses, a settlement house in the industrial slums of Chicago.

Living with a Secret (Why Me #3)

by Deborah Kent

15-year-old Cassie Mullins is fed up with her parents, who think she can't be trusted to manage her diabetes. Just because she cheated on her diet and landed in the hospital. Just because she wants to be a normal kid. Only Aunt Liz seems to understand, and she urges Cassie to take a job as counselor at a camp for diabetic children. Camp Caribou seems like the perfect solution. Cassie's free and her parents think she's safe. There's only one problem: she's the only counselor who is diabetic. And she has decided to keep it a secret. It's not easy to conceal the truth. Cassie can't even tell Jason, the cute counselor who has become a special friend. Her world falls apart when her parents show up unexpectedly and reveal her secret. Cassie's furious and ashamed. And Jason feels betrayed that she hadn't told him. Suddenly, nothing seems to matter. Why be careful when nobody trusts her anyway? Cassie is about to learn the lesson of her life. About love, compassion, responsibility. . . and the real meaning of friendship and self-respect.

The Only Way Out

by Deborah Kent

Fourteen-year-old Shannon Thomas is horrified when she learns that she will have to endure another round of chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin's disease. Then she overhears a girl in the doctor's waiting room talking about a woman in New Orleans who heals people by the laying on of hands. Shannon knows her parents would never consider such a treatment, but she is determined to give it a try. After making her plans in secret she slips away from home and embarks upon her journey. Along the way she has a series of adventures and makes some unexpected discoveries.

Riding the Pony Express

by Deborah Kent

When her father dies suddenly, 15-year-old Lexie McDonald is left an orphan in the Wyoming territory. Her brother, Callum, is on the run, accused of a crime he didn't commit, and plans are in place to send Lexie to live with an aunt in New York City. Rather than be separated from her beloved horse Cougar, Lexie disguises herself as a boy and sets out along the dangerous Pony Express trail to find Callum and clear his name.

Salem, Massachusetts

by Deborah Kent

Part of a series on "Places in American History," this book is a short history of Salem, Massachusetts, and a look at points of interest in the town today. It begins with the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, and then covers Salem's history as a port for sailing ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. Various museums and monuments are described.

Snake Pits, Talking Cures, and Magic Bullets: A History of Mental Illness

by Deborah Kent

This book gives a historical overview of how society has perceived and treated people with mental illness, from shamanistic rituals to electroshock and psychotropic medications. The book includes firsthand accounts by patients and professionals.

The Star-Spangled Banner (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

TAn account of how, during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key came to write the poem that became the national anthem.

Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

Narrates the life of the first African-American to serve as a judge on the United States Supreme Court.

The Titanic (Cornerstones of Freedom)

by Deborah Kent

Describes the disastrous 1912 sinking of the world's largest ocean liner after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage.

Too Soon to Say Good-bye

by Deborah Kent

When she is diagnosed with leukemia, 13-year-old Jill Marino does not want to hear the truth. Her doctor and parents urge her to co-operate, but she finds ways to resist her treatment - secretly hiding some of her pills, and slipping away when it is time to go back to the hospital. Jill's resistance heightens the tension in the family. Finally her little sister Crysti, ignored in all the turmoil, decides to run away.

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