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Word Wisdom: Unlocking Vocabulary in Context [Grade 5]

by Jerry Zutell

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Crushed (Happily Ever Afterlife #2)

by Orli Zuravicky

Lucy is ready for her next challenge at Limbo Central Middle School: joining a club. Or actually, forming one. Lucy and her best friend Cecily were awesome ballet dancers in life, so obviously they can start a Dance Club in the afterlife! Not according to Georgia Sinclaire. The head of the Cheerleading squad wants to forbid cheerleaders from even trying out for Lucy and Cecily's club. Who knew starting a Dance Club would be all about drama?

Ghostcoming! (Happily Ever Afterlife #1)

by Orli Zuravicky

Lucy has just joined the afterlife, and as a brand-new ghost she's mostly see-through, not able to stand or sit normally, stuck in the ballet clothes she was wearing before she crossed over...and stuck in middle school. Can't a ghost get a break? But then the cutest (ghost) boy she's ever seen turns out to be her very own guide to school, and things start looking brighter. Maybe she's not quite solid yet, but Lucy is definitely going to make this the best afterlife ever!

The True Story of the Battle of Lexington and Concord

by Amelie Von Zumbusch

This book presents an overview of the first battle of the American Revolution in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775.

Heroes of Pearl Harbor (Ten True Tales)

by Allan Zullo

A massive bomb explosion destroys the battleship USS Arizona and pitches Cassin Young, captain of the nearby USS Vestal, overboard into a flaming oil slick. The dazed commander must find a way back to his ship and save her before she sinks too. <p><p> Julio DeCastro and Joe Bulgo can hear sailors trapped inside the capsized USS Oklahoma, which is rapidly filling with water. After toiling all day and all night with their pneumatic hammers, can the exhausted workers cut through the steel hull and save their comrades in time? <p> Despite suffering serious wounds, Chief Petty Officer John Finn continues to stand out in the open, firing his machine gun at a swarm of Japanese fighter planes while yelling to his fellow sailors, "No one attacks America and gets away with it!" <p> These and other real-life heroes risked their lives during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which forced America into World War II. You will never forget their courageous true stories

Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust (Survivors)

by Allan Zullo

Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

Picture Perfect #3: Best Frenemies

by Claire Zulkey Cari Simmons

Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business--and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.Alice Kinney shouldn't be nervous about starting middle school. She's got her best friend, Cassidy, by her side, so it can't be that bad, right? Except, Cass isn't at her side. For the first time since kindergarten, Alice and Cassidy aren't in any of the same classes, and Alice is stuck with a brand-new crew in honors class! The girls try to stay in touch from across the hallway with the help of a shared notebook--but when Alice accidentally befriends not-so-nice Nikki from Cassidy's dance class, she keeps it to herself. Cass will never understand.Alice juggles both friendships, waiting for the right moment to tell everyone the truth. But then, disaster strikes: Cass's play and Nikki's math competition are fall on the same night. Neither girl will ever forgive Alice if she misses their big day. What is Alice supposed to do when her two best friends are total enemies?

Swordbird

by Mark Zug Nancy Yi Fan

The blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. According to legend, only Swordbird, son of the Great Spirit, has the power to conquer evil and restore peace to the land. But is he real or just a myth? Can Swordbird arrive in time to save the forest . . . or will it be too late? Twelve-year-old author Nancy Yi Fan has woven a captivating tale about the birds of Stone-Run Forest and the heroism, courage, and resourcefulness in their quest for peace.

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars

by Gregory Zuckerman Elijah Zuckerman Gabriel Zuckerman

Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more! Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.Praise for Rising Above"An easy pitch for middle school sports lovers."--School Library Journal"So many of the obstacles that these athletes share are retold using personal interviews and primary source material that young readers will find very relatable. Though the people chronicled are all athletes, their stories have morals that are easily transferred to life off the court or the field. The highly relevant message is that no situation is too dire or insurmountable with the right attitude and that young people shouldn't allow setbacks to define them."--BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports

by Gregory Zuckerman Elijah Zuckerman Gabriel Zuckerman

Behold the power of women! These are the inspirational real-life stories of female superstar athletes Serena and Venus Williams, Simone Biles, Carli Lloyd, and more -- role models all. For sports fans, aspiring athletes and readers of sports biographies.Growing up in a crime-plagued, gang-infested neighborhood, Venus and Serena Williams were led to believe their environment was not a place where dreams could come true. It took a relentless determination, a burning desire to be the best, and a willingness to conquer racial barriers for them to emerge as tennis legends. Simone Biles was raised by a single mother with addiction issues, forcing her grandparents to intervene. But Simone soon discovered balance beams and gymnastics mats, setting her on a path toward Olympic greatness. Carli Lloyd, meanwhile, believed her youth soccer career was really starting to take off, only to be cut from her team. Instead of quitting the sport she loved, Carli rebuilt her confidence from the ground up, ultimately becoming one of the leaders on the World Cup Champion US Women's Soccer team. The athletes featured in this book met earth-shaking challenges head on, and through hard work and perseverance, went on to conquer the sports world. This collection of mini biographies, complete with first-hand content drawn from interviews, is a source of inspiration and self-empowerment for kids and sports fans of all ages.Also included in the book: Wilma Rudolph (track and field), Mo'ne Davis (Little League baseball), Swin Cash (basketball), Elena Delle Donne (basketball), Bethany Hamilton (surfing), Ronda Rousey (mixed martial arts), and Kerri Strug (gymnastics).Praise for Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports:"An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve." --Kirkus Reviews"This is a good choice for libraries where biographies about current newsmakers are in demand." --School Library Connection"What will inspire athletes of any ability or gender is how these women turned to help when needed and learned to accept themselves inside and out." --Booklist

Crash Course #1

by Keith Zoo Landry Q. Walker

Guardians of the Galaxy meets Minecraft in this hilarious sci-fi series for middle grade readers. TERRAFORMING 101 - Learn the basics of FARMING IN SPACE!! Open to first year students. For eleven-year-old Elara, life at the Academy of Terraforming Arts is a lot tougher—and stranger—than she expected. Her latest experiment accidentally blew up the moon. Her roommate, Clare, is a mute intergalactic sponge. And no one at her new school knows what it's like to grow up on a planet called "Nowhere." But if the greatest Planetary Designers in the galaxy made it through their first year, then so can she.Based on the real science behind terraforming, this action-packed story mixes world-building adventures with side-splitting humor, plus a dash of intergalactic madness.

NIrV Kids' Quest Study Bible: Real Questions, Real Answers

by Zonderkidz

How come people lived so long back then? Why did God allow the flood? Is Jesus real? Kids have LOTS of questions about the Bible and God. The NIrV Kid’s Quest Study Bible is a great resource for kids eager to learn more. • Over 500 real questions and answers from kids • Quest Challenges help kids apply the Bible’s teachings to their own lives by pointing to Scripture • Book introductions help explain what each book of the Bible is about • A dictionary and subject guide help kids find what they’re looking for • Fresh, colorful design with cartoons makes the Bible fun to look at and use • The complete NIrV translation—the NIV for kids! Real Questions, Real Answers. Isn’t it exciting to discover the world, ask how things work, and learn about God and the Bible? Now, your questions can be answered in the NIrV Kid’s Quest Study Bible. This Bible includes over 500 real questions and real answers from real kids like you. You’ll also enjoy the book introductions, subject index, and dictionary making it easier to find important information about the Bible. With cartoons and a bright, colorful design, reading and using the Bible will be fun. General Editor Rick Osborne is a bestselling author and speaker committed to equipping parents and churches to reach and teach children. He was a key contributor in the development of the Luke 2:52 series and wrote The Legend of the Christmas Tree published by Zonderkidz. Hey Grownups! This Bible has an edition for adults too! The popular Quest Study Bible contains in-text notes and articles answering nearly 7,000 of the most commonly asked questions about specific Bible passages. Developed by the editors at Christianity Today International, along with over 100 respected Bible scholars and pastors, this engaging and straightforward study Bible guides adults in their understanding and application of Scripture.

Foxheart

by Jaime Zollars Claire Legrand

Foxheart is a classic fantasy-adventure about the danger of lies and the power of truth, the strength found in friendship, and the value of loving and being loved . . . even if it means risking your heart. Full of magic, adventure, and an original and compelling cast of characters, Foxheart is a fast-paced fantasy reminiscent of Howl's Moving Castle.Orphan. Thief. Witch. Twelve-year-old Quicksilver lives as a thief in the sleepy town of Willow-on-the-River. Her only companions are her faithful dog and partner in crime, Fox--and Sly Boots, the shy boy who lets her live in his attic when it's too cold to sleep on the rooftops. It's a lonesome life, but Quicksilver is used to being alone. When you are alone, no one can hurt you. No one can abandon you. Then one day Quicksilver discovers that she can perform magic. Real magic. The kind that isn't supposed to exist anymore. Magic is forbidden, but Quicksilver nevertheless wants to learn more. With real magic, she could become the greatest thief who ever lived. She could maybe even find her parents. What she does find, however, is much more complicated and surprising. . . .Acclaimed author Claire Legrand's stunning and original novel will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones.

Soccer World: South Africa (Explore the World Through Soccer)

by Ethan Zohn David Rosenberg Shawn Braley

Demonstrating how the world's most popular sport also serves as a common language across all cultures, communities, and ages, this unique handbook explores the diverse country of South Africa through the game of soccer. Documenting the experiences of real-life professional player Ethan Zohn, this guide follows Ethan and his soccer-playing friend Tawela through the home of the 2010 World Cup, as they study ancient cave art and wildlife preserves, observe the migration of whales, and view a professional soccer game at one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Generating engaging, culturally specific activities in math, science, language, geography, and art, this exciting overview includes mask making, hot air experiments, and even learning how to say "hello" in the 11 official languages of the country. Highlighting a beautiful corner of the planet, this reference also provides a chance to choose an actual help project in South Africa, encouraging kids to share their experiences at the Soccer World website.

Soccer World: Mexico (Explore the World Through Soccer)

by Ethan Zohn David Rosenberg

Following professional soccer player Ethan Zohn on another global adventure, this entertaining and educational handbook explores the cultures and customs of Mexico. From a walking tour of Mexico City and visits to the ruins of the country's ancient civilizations to a once-in-a-lifetime butterfly migration sanctuary and colorful Lucha Libre wrestling, this investigation explores the real Mexico, avoiding the commonplace tourist traps and border towns. Activities presented in each chapter include learning Spanish, science and math projects based on Mayan cultures, creative writing and art exercises inspired by Mexican folk art and celebrations, and even simple traditional recipes. Staying true to its series, this installation provides the opportunity to research a charitable project in Mexico and make a difference in this wonderful country.

Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures)

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Jim Nelson

IN 1902, WILLIAM HORNADAY handed a map to the famous paleontologist Barnum Brown. It was Hornaday's hand-drawn directions to a remote area of the Montana Badlands, where he believed amazing dinosaur fossils lay buried. Following the map, Brown dug up a jawbone edged with six-inch long teeth, the remains of a monstrous creature no one had ever seen before. But one bone wasn't enough, and Brown soon found himself in a desperate race to discover the skeleton of the mystery carnivore!From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Curse of King Tut's Mummy (Totally True Adventures)

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld James Nelson

When the pharoahs of Egypt died, they were mummified and buried in pyramids and tombs with all their riches. But as centuries passed, the tombs were looted and the pharoahs' gold stolen. Then Howard Carter found the greatest Egyptian treasure trove of all--the tomb of King Tut's mummy! But did the amazing treasure come with a deadly curse?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Monster Fish!: True Stories of Adventures With Animals (National Geographic Kids Chapters)

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Zeb Hogan

For Zeb Hogan, bigger is better – especially when it comes to fish. <P><P>From sawfish to alligator gars to giant stingrays, Zeb's on a mission to save the world's freshwater giants. <P><P>In this cool Chapter book, you'll join Zeb on amazing – and TRUE – adventures with supersize swimmers.

Adventure Cat! (National Geographic Kids Chapters)

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Join three fantastic felines as they embark on the adventures of their (nine) lives in this colorful Chapters book, filled with photos and fun facts. <P><P>Meet Dusty, a Siamese cat who gives the phrase "cat burglar" new meaning. Take to the seas with Skatty, a sailor and cat hero. And trek across the United States with Vladimir, a real-life cat explorer! <P><P>These amazing--and TRUE--stories are sure to keep cat lovers and adventure fans on the edge of their seats.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

by Ibi Zoboi

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed. <P><P>Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. <P><P>But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem. Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. <P><P>But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer's end, Ebony-Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars. <P><P><b> A New York Times Bestseller </b>

The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English

by Jack Zipes Peter Hunt Lynne Vallone Lissa Paul Gillian Avery

A collection of fairy tales, picture books, nursery rhymes, fantasy, alphabets, chapbooks, and comics published in English since 1659, representing 170 authors and illustrators, and including more than ninety complete works and excerpts from others.

Loch

by Paul Zindel

Loch and his sister are with their father on a scientific expedition to track lake monsters. Their father's boss, Anthony Cavenger, a ruthless publishing mogul, is determined to prove that the legends are fact. Until now, it has been a fruitless exercise. But suddenly, on a routine exploration, a hideous water beast explodes out of the water, and a photographer, hoping to get the picture of a lifetime, loses his life instead. The plesiosaurs terrorize the secluded lake community, but Loch encounters a baby plesiosaur and realizes that the monsters only attack when threatened. So he risks his life-and the lives of his family and friends-to save the prehistoric creatures from destruction.

All the Colors of Magic

by Valija Zinck

Penelope has always been different from other children. Her hair has been gray since she was born. It rains every year on her birthday. And she knows what her mother is going to say before the words even come out of her mouth. But one day, Penelope wakes up with sparkling red hair and her mother confesses the truth: Her father is not only still alive, he's a wizard! Penelope has inherited his powers, and must embark on a journey to find him.

The Rosemary Spell

by Virginia Zimmerman

Part mystery, part literary puzzle, part life-and-death quest, and chillingly magical, this novel has plenty of suspense for adventure fans and is a treat for readers who love books, words, and clues. Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem--a spell. When Adam's older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.

Go For The Gold, Atalanta! (Myth-o-mania #8)

by Denis Zilber Kate McMullan

The story about Atalanta losing a race because she stopped to collect the golden apples Melanion threw in her path is completely wrong. The myth most people know is a lie created by that myth-o-maniac Zeus. In reality, Atalanta could have won that race no matter what! Hades is back to reveal the truth behind another Greek myth.

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