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Addiction and Overdose: Confronting an American Crisis

Drug overdosing and death from prescription painkillers and heroin are at epidemic levels in the United States. How do people become addicted to opioids and other dangerous drugs, and why?… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1160
  • Dewey: 362.290973

Artificial Intelligence: Building Smarter Machines

In 2011 a computer named Watson outscored two human competitors on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! and snagged the million-dollar prize. Watson isn't the only machine keeping up with humans. The… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1170
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Dewey: 006.3

Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

In 2015 two powerful telescopes detected something physicists had been seeking for more than one hundred years—gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This announcement… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1090
  • Dewey: 523.8/875

Geoengineering Earth's Climate: Resetting the Thermostat

Most scientists agree that Earth is warming rapidly. Glaciers are melting and rising seawaters are submerging islands and coastal cities. In the coming decades, millions will likely have to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1140
  • ATOS: 8.2
  • Dewey: 551.68

ISIS: The Global Face of Terrorism

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, emerged in the Middle East during the first decade of the 2000s. The group vows to wage violent jihad, or holy war, on those who do not adhere to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1070
  • Dewey: 363.325

Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut

On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmless—landfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1200
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Dewey: 363.72/85

Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species

Decades of commercial whaling nearly decimated a variety of whales considered a keystone species. Keystone species are indicators of the overall health of Earth's habitats. While whales have… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • ATOS: 8.0
  • Dewey: 599.5

Camp So-and-So

The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter… Read More →

  • Lexile: 960
  • ATOS: 6.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

A Little Princess

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

Young Sara Crewe grew up with her rich father in India, surrounded by servants and luxury. She's not royalty, but when she arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school in London, everyone… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

De-Extinction: The Science of Bringing Lost Species Back to Life

In the twenty-first century, because of climate change and other human activities, many animal species have become extinct, and many others are at risk of extinction. Once they are gone, we… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1140
  • ATOS: 8.2
  • Dewey: 591.68

Dogs at War: Military Canine Heroes

While in a war zone, a military working dog (MWD) and its handler live together, eat together, play together, sleep together, and risk their lives for each other every day. The dogs work with… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1170
  • ATOS: 7.9
  • Dewey: 355.4/24

Exoplanets: Worlds beyond Our Solar System

Until the mid-1990s, scientists only guessed that the universe held exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system. But using advanced physics and powerful telescopes, scientists have since… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1120
  • ATOS: 7.7
  • Dewey: 523.2/4

Find Your Style: Boost Your Body Image through Fashion Confidence

Style can be a flag we wave, a declaration of who we are. Discover awesome tips about understanding your body type so you can build flattering outfits, using colors, shapes, patterns, and… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1050
  • Dewey: 646/.3083

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, and Other Stories

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have inspired, frightened, and amused readers since they were first published in 1835. Readers will recognize the little mermaid who makes a deal… Read More →

  • Lexile: 960
  • ATOS: 8.1
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Ninja Plants: Survival and Adaptation in the Plant World

What can communicate but has no mouth, and can attack but has no hands? A plant! You might love the beauty and fragrance of flowers, but plants are far more complex than meets the eye. Some… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1100
  • ATOS: 7.6
  • Dewey: 581.4/7

Prom: The Big Night Out

Prom is about more than corsages and boutonnieres, promposals and after-parties. It's an event that teens are claiming as a way not only to have fun with friends but to also express their… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1140
  • ATOS: 7.7
  • Dewey: 793.3/808837318

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality

In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions—such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools—routinely… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1310
  • ATOS: 9.6
  • Dewey: 363.2/308900973

Sonia Sotomayor: A Biography

Arguably one of the most prominent US Supreme Court Justices at the moment, Sonia Sotomayor has paved her own way to enact profound changes and reforms, despite the obstacles that stood in… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1040

The Factory Girls: A Kaleidoscopic Account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The twentieth century ushered in a new world filled with a dazzling array of consumer goods. Even the poorest immigrant girls could afford a blouse or two. But these same immigrant teens… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1040

The Scarlet Pimpernel

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

At the beginning of the French Revolution, a group of Englishmen form a secret society to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. Their mysterious leader is the elusive Scarlet… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1140
  • ATOS: 8.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

The Swiss Family Robinson

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

When a storm wrecks their ship off the coast of a deserted island in the East Indies, William, Elizabeth, and their four sons must rely on each other for survival. Stranded like Robinson… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1270
  • ATOS: 9.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

The Yellow Wallpaper

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

Doctor's orders confine a woman suffering from anxiety and depression to her bedroom, in an effort to prevent mental stimulation of any sort. Despite her forced "rest cure," she continues to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 920
  • ATOS: 9.3
  • Dewey: 813/.4

Caravaggio: Painter on the Run

Caravaggio was on a defiant mission to change the art world. Before him, there were pastel-colored idealized visions, polite paintings for a polite society. After him, there were slews of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 780
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Incognita

From the Series The Tabula Rasa Saga

In the wake of an experimental procedure that almost wiped out her memory forever, Angel has a chance for a fresh start. She's recovered most of her memories, rebuilt her physical strength… Read More →

  • Lexile: 730
  • Dewey: [Fic]