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This graphic novel tells the legend of Yu the Great, a Chinese hero from the twenty-first century B.C. Some scholars believe Yu actually existed and that he founded the Xia Dynasty, the first Chinese empire described in historical records. Some later Chinese texts describe Yu as a kind and strong emperor whose engineering projects saved China from frequent floods. But in Chinese legend, as in this book, Yu is descended from the gods and born from a golden dragon. He saves China from floods by using magical soil to plug underwater springs, with the help of a tortoise, an owl, and a dragon
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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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