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  • Details about Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

    Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

    M. T. Anderson (Read by)

    A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. In September 1941, Adolf Hitler s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh wi……more

  • Details about Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

    Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

    M. T. Anderson

    National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history--almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943-1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recal……more

  • Details about Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

    Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

    Neal Bascomb

    Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction for young adults in this incredible true story of spies and survival. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler s very own nuclea……more

  • Details about Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

    Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

    Neal Bascomb

    The author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters returns with another thrilling true story of WWII espionage! April 9, 1940. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping up a silent fjord. Soon planes full of paratroopers roar over the mountains, and in two months, the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They cripple food supplies to the Norwegian people. And at the Vemork power plant, they gain access to an essential ingredient in the weapon that could end the war: Hitler's very own nu……more

  • Details about Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

    Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

    Caren Stelson

    "Read the true story of a young girl who survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb and her long journey to find peace. This compelling, well-researched narrative offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath."…more

  • Details about Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog

    Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog

    Ann Bausum

    Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his stray dog would become a war hero. He just liked the little guy……more

  • Details about The family Romanov : murder, rebellion, and the fall of imperial Russia

    The family Romanov : murder, rebellion, and the fall of imperial Russia

    Candace Fleming.

    "[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918." -- The Wall Street Journal Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs--at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping ac……more

  • Details about The Dark Game: True Spy Stories

    The Dark Game: True Spy Stories

    Paul B. Janeczko (Compiled by)

    From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Paul B. Janeczko uncovers two centuries' worth of true spy stories in U.S. history. Ever since George Washington used them to help topple the British, spies and their networks have helped and hurt America at key moments in history. In this fascinating collection, Paul B. Janeczko probes such stories as that of Elizabeth Van Lew, an aristocrat whose hatred of slavery drove her to be one of the most successful spies in the Ci……more

  • Details about Anne Frank: A Hidden Life

    Anne Frank: A Hidden Life

    Mirjam Pressler; Hugo Gryn (Foreword by)

    The most famous Holocaust victim, and her family's life in the Secret Annex, is remembered by surviving friends, neighbors, and the people who protected Anne Frank during the war. Sections from Anne's diary that were recently made public give readers a close look at the girl who wrote, I want to go on living even after my death Photos.…more

  • Details about Hidden Like Anne Frank

    Hidden Like Anne Frank

    Marcel Prins; Peter Henk Steenhuis; Laura Watkinson (Translator)

    Jaap Sitters was only eight years old when his mother cut the yellow stars off his clothes and sent him, alone, on a fifteen-mile walk to hide with relatives. It was a terrifying night, one he would never forget. Before the end of the war, he would hide in secret rooms and behind walls. He would suffer from hunger, sickness, and the looming threat of Nazi raids. But he would live. This is just one of the true stories told in Hidden Like Anne Frank , a collection of eye-opening first-person acco……more

  • Details about Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

    Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

    Laura Hillenbrand

    In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics. On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a ……more

  • Details about Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

    Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

    Laura Hillenbrand

    The #1 "New York Times"bestseller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults. On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So beg……more