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Women’s History: Adventurers & Daredevils

Women’s History: Adventurers & Daredevils

The Flying Girl

The Flying Girl is a biography of Aída de Acosta. She was the woman to fly a powered aircraft, and she even did it before the Wright brothers! This page includes biographies of several other women who broke ground being the first. They dared and they went on adventures and became role models for persistence and determination.

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


Books

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Kate Warne Pinkerton DetectiveAmelia Earheart Built a Roller CoasterAnything But Ordinary AddieFearless FlyerLighter Than AirThe Flying GirlSoar ElinorBrave HarrietBarreling Over Niagara FallsMrs Harkness and the PandaFly HighAmelia LostDaredevilFlying SoloUncommon TravelerSky High
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Survival

Survival

Tools of NavigationWhen you’re talking survival you’re talking many different things. Can you read a map? Can you use a compass? Could you find food in the woods? How about bears…do you know how to keep one from attacking you? You live in Indiana, do you know how to keep yourself safe during tornadoes? These books will show you all the skills you need to survive all kinds of anxious situations. You can even learn how to protect yourself from piranhas…not a likely attack here in Indiana…but good to know!

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Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

The Boys Book of Outdoor SurvivalThe Boys Book of SurivalUsing Math to Survive in the WildAlone in the WildernessCan You Survive in the Jungle?Defying Death in the DesertDisaster in the Mountains!Everest You Decide How to SurviveHow to Survive in AntarcticaLeft for Dead!Survive Alive Finding Your WaySurvivor Kid Wilderness SurvivalTrue Mountain Rescue StoriesTrue Wilderness Rescue StoriesThe World's Most Amazing Survival Stories

And while you’re getting your own skills up to par try some of these survival stories that put characters to the test.  Put yourself in their place. Could YOU do it? For me…dangling from rock outcroppings, dodging poisonous lizards, eating spiders…no! Living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse…yes!

Alabama MoonCall it CourageThe Girl Who Owned a CityThe CayHatchetHolesIsland of the Blue DolphinsJulie of the WolvesMy Side of the MountainPoppyRobinson CrusoeSign of the BeaverMaroonedShipwreck at the Bottom of the WorldThe Swiss Family RobinsonTrue Confessions of Charlotte DoyleA Girl Named DisasterA Long Walk to WaterNight of the Howling DogsSmall as an Elephant
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The Dungeoneers

The Dungeoneers

The Dungeoneers

Colm Candorly has eight sisters. Eight’s a bunch of anything, but that’s a whole lot of sisters! They call him cutesy names and steal his underwear and giggle all the time. Colm copes by hiding when he can using superior stealth skills and by teasing them mercilessly, like stealing their brushes and hair pins.

Colm’s dad has it worse – he has to feed and clothe them all. But Colm’s parents make do and are happy doing it, until Colm’s sister Seysha gets sick and their  meager stack of coins isn’t enough to pay for food as well as a doctor. Colm might get annoyed at his sisters, but he can’t stand the thought of any of them suffering. He turns his stealthy brother skills to shady but necessary use heading to the Village Square and “acquiring” a rich man’s purse with his nimble fingers. Colm justifies his actions like Robin Hood would – stealing from the rich to give to the poor. When Colm’s father sees the money he doesn’t see it that way at all and is determined to have Colm confess to the Village Magistrate and return the money. Colm’s father wants him to confess, hoping to save Colm from a more severe punishment – like the removal of his thieving hand!

At just the right moment, in steps Finn Argos, a mystery man who observed Colm’s pickpocket skills in the Village Square and has an idea for how best to use them. Mr. Argos is a teacher; a mentor, looking for an apprentice. He thinks Colm is perfect for the job. Stealthy. Quick. Nimble Fingers. What does Mr. Argos teach? “The Aquisition of Resources.”  In other words, “Thievery.” Finn Argos recruits talent for a guild lead by one Tye Thwoden. The  guild practices dungeoneering, a kind of treasure hunting that pits teams of raiders against the trolls, goblins, and other assorted monsters that guard treasure hidden in dungeons – treasure protected further by sinister booby traps, diabolical wizardry and complex locks. Finn agrees to pay off Colm’s debts in exchange for Colm’s talents – Finn wants Colm to come live at the guild and learn to be part of a dungeoneer team, because all good teams need a crack lockpick wiht nimble pickpocket fingers.

Colm takes Finn up on his offer. Arriving at the guild, Colm is put on a team specifically chosen to work together. Colm’s role is to be the Rogue, picking locks & outsmarting traps. His teammates are:

  • Lena, a warrior girl (who can’t stand the sight of her own blood)
  • Quinn, a stuttering wizard (who has major confidence issues)
  • Serene, a druid who can talk to animals (who is too afraid to talk to animals with teeth)

The four of them, with their talents and fears, become a team in Thwoden’s Legion.

Friends. Adventure. Challenges. Treasure. Glory.

It is as exactly as fun as it sounds.

“Now I’m not sure how a stuttering mage, a swooning barbarian, a timid druid, and a fledgling rogue will play out in the bards’ songs, but I’ve shaped the most brittle iron into a blade so strong it can cut through a behemoth’s hide. So as long as you are members of this guild, we will turn you into dungeoneers, or my name’s not Tye Thwodin.” (page 145)


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The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

LostHero2I really like the new characters: Jason and Piper and Leo. (Especially Leo!)  I loved the mechanical dragon Festus. Personally, I’d rather ride a mechanical dragon than a hippogrif, I mean, if anybody ever gives me the choice.

This one opens with Jason, Piper and Leo on a bus on a field trip. Jason has amnesia and doesn’t even know who Leo and Piper are. Monsters attack (of course!) and hey, don’t you know, these three are demi-gods and their teacher is their satyr/guardian. If you don’t have the book yet look inside at the first few chapters and then take a look at what other kids have to say about it. (Although beware spoilers!) Author: Rick Riordan

 

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Science Fiction

Science Fiction

Cosmic

Science fiction is a story that imagines what life might be like experiencing future advances in science and technology. In Cosmic the main characters are kids who win a trip into space!

Liam is taller than average. Much taller. In fact he’s so tall he often gets mistaken for an adult, which can be annoying when you’re only twelve. Liam gets really tired of hearing, “You should know better, big lad like you.”

On the other hand, it can come in really handy, like when you need a chaperone. Liam enters a contest to win a trip to a new amusement park in China. To claim the prize he wins, Liam has to impersonate his own father and takes along his friend Florida as his “kid.”

At the amusement park Liam has to act like a dad. What does that mean? Florida, for one, thinks he needs a few tips. “Get me presents, and ice cream; don’t sit there telling me about history and stuff.” And don’t even try telling her what to do, afterall, Liam isn’t a REAL Dad! When the ultimate thrill ride at the park turns out to be a real rocket, Florida and the other kid contest winners are trained for the inaugural flight. Liam is chosen to be the one adult chaperone allowed on the rocket. Why is Liam chosen? For his “kid like qualities” of course! When an accident sends the rocket hurtling through space, the kids turn to the onlygrownup they’ve got, Liam, to lead them back to earth. The situation sends Liam scrambling to answer the question “what would a dad do?” Liam gets a crash course in “dadliness”. It turns out it isn’t much about buying presents and supplying ice cream and telling kids when to go to bed!

Listed below are more science fiction stories that make this leap of imagination. These stories often involve space travel, time travel, artificial intelligence or extraterrestrial life.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

A Problematic ParadoxAliens on VacationA Wrinkle in TimeCaptain Raptor and the Perious PlanetThe City of EmberFoundLarklightLucy and the Rocket DogThe Dead GentlemanThe House of the ScorpionThe Search for WondlaThe Tomorrow CodeThe True Meaning of SmekdayTransformers Dark of the MoonWhen the Tripods CameWhen You Reach Me
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