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He wanted nothing more than to live in peace, until a petty tyrant forced him into a cruel choice: Swiss hunter William Tell is famous for his great skill with a crossbow. A mild-mannered husband and father, he just wants a quiet life for his family. Yet his homeland's brutal foreign rulers are making such an existence impossible. Then, one day, a ruthless official forces Tell into a terrible choice: Shoot an apple off his son's head--or be killed along with his son. Will he accept this awful challenge?
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Albert Einstein's restless intelligence drove him to ponder the biggest topics in the universe: light, time, mass, energy, and more. His conclusions changed the way people thought about the laws of physics.
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Charles Darwin's scientific work transformed the way people think about life on Earth. He took every opportunity to study the natural world. And he helped shape a new understanding of how life forms change over time.
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Isaac Newton's youth was marked by constant curiosity. Throughout his life of research and experiments, he turned this curiosity into major insights about the workings of Earth and the universe, developing three laws to explain the motions of objects.
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At the start of the twentieth century, Marie Curie, a Polish physicist and chemist, stunned the scientific world. Her research led to the discovery of two elements--polonium and radium--which held the most unusual property: radioactivity.
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1931. Jackie Mitchell is a girl pitcher on a minor-league baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. In her day, few women played sports. But her skill earned her a spot on a men's team. When the New York Yankees come to town, Jackie must face Babe Ruth at the plate. Can she strike out one of the greatest players in baseball?
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The Connecticut countryside, 1777. A messenger arrives at Sybil Ludington's farm with bad news. British soldiers are starting to burn villages in the area. Someone must alert the colonial militia, and the messenger is too tired. Sybil volunteers to ride from farm to farm through the dark forest. Can she rouse the soldiers in time?
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The men at the lifesaving station in North Carolina's Outer Banks make fun Sam's pony, but Sam know she's a worthy steed. When a ship begins to sink on a stormy night, Sam and Ginger prove their strength.
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Moingona, Iowa, 1881. Kate Shelley lives on a farm near Honey Creek with her mother and younger brothers and sisters. When a terrible storm makes the creek flood, the railroad bridge is washed out. Kate fears that the Midnight Express will crash into the raging waters. Kate sets out into the storm to give warning. Will she reach the station in time to stop the train?
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Nebraska, 1888. Sisters Sarah and Annie arrive at school on an unusually warm January day. When the worst blizzard in memory descends without warning, their teacher must make a decision. Should they stay in the schoolhouse after the roof caves in, or should they brave the storm in search of safety?
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James Forten is a free African American sailor on an American ship during the Revolutionary War. When the British capture his ship, he becomes a prisoner. Will the British sell him as a slave?
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Stenny Green loves to build model airships. He's excited to see the Hindenburg land in his town. But the night turns to tragedy when the Hindenburg explodes in the sky. Can Stenny help the wreck's survivors?
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Best friends Minnie and Tessa work together at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Suddenly, a fire breaks out. But the doors are locked, the elevator is full, and fire blocks the stairway. Will Minnie and Tessa get out?
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California, early 1860s. Julius loves horses so much that he leaves his job as a sailor to work on a ranch. He is so good at taming horses that the other men at the ranch call him Bronco Charlie. He wants to become a pony express rider, but everyone tells him he's too young. When a pony express horse gallops into town without its rider, Charlie volunteers to take his place. Can Charlie deliver the mail and prove his worth as a rider?
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The snowstorm of the century has buried Milton Daub's town under ice and snow. Milton bundles up and sets out into the blizzard to get food and medicine.
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Matinicus Rock, Maine, 1856. Seventeen-year-old Abbie Burgess lives with her family on a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Her father, the lighthouse keeper, must clean and light the lighthouse lamps every day without fail. Otherwise ships could crash into rocks and sink. Abbie's father leaves to buy supplies, but a storm hitsbefore he can return. Can Abbie keep the lights burning until her father returns?
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1777. John Darragh's family has sided with the rebel colonists during the Revolutionary War. But the family lives across the street from the headquarters of the British army, their enemies. The Darragh family spies on the British, and John takes messages to his brother in the rebel camp. Can John sneak past the British soldiers this time?
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Young Arly Dunbar loves exploring caves with his grown-up friend Floyd Collins. When Floyd becomes trapped in Sand Cave, the entire town comes to the rescue. Can Arly find a way to help his friend?
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