Bestselling Education & Reference Books for Teen & Young Adults

Here are the top 30 bestselling education & reference books for teen & young adults. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

by: Rachel Ignotofsky
Release date: Jul 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 128
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It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
 
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
 
Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!
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Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Scientists

2. Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

by: Kate SchatzMiriam Klein Stahl
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 112
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Educational and inspirational, this New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.
 
Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. From 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, the book features an array of diverse figures, including Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica). This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. 

Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

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Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women

3. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

by: Edward Fiske
Release date: Jul 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 880
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“The best college guide you can buy.”-USA Today

Every college and university has a story, and no one tells those stories like former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske. That’s why, for more than 30 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has been the leading guide to 320+ four-year schools, including quotes from real students and information you won’t find on colleges’ websites. Fully updated and expanded every year, Fiske is the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents. Helpful, honest, and straightforward, the Fiske Guide to Colleges delivers an insider’s look at what it’s really like to be a student at the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, plus Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland?so you can find the best fits for you.

In addition to detailed and candid stories on each school, you will find:

?A self-quiz to help you understand what you are really looking for in a college
?Lists of strong programs and popular majors at each college
?”Overlap” listings to help you expand your options
?Indexes that break down schools by state, price, and average debt
?Vital information on how to apply, including deadlines, fees, and test requirements
?Exclusive academic, social, and quality-of-life ratings
?All the basics, including financial aid stats, SAT/ACT scores, and acceptance rates

Plus a special section highlighting the 44 public and private Best Buy schools?colleges that provide the best educational value

“I send students to Fiske before I send them anywhere else.” ?Director of College Counseling, Los Olivos, CA

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Teen & Young Adult > Education & Reference > Study Aids > College Entrance

4. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by: Malala YousafzaiChristina Lamb
Release date: Jun 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 368
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A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

5. Sharks (Discovery Kids)

by: Parragon Books
Release date: Jun 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 80
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Discover the underwater world of sharks. Using stunning photography and incredible actions shot, Sharks takes you on a fascinating the visual journey of theses ocean greats, revealing their incredible secrets along the way. Satisfy the curiosity of the most inquisitive minds and uncover sharks and their amazing story with this concise reference book for all the family. Features key information on the habitats, behavior, and feeding habits of sharks. Profiles the key species, including the Great White and the Hammerhead sharks. Discover how sharks have adapted to perfectly suit their surroundings. Learn about the dangers sharks encounter and how we can protect and conserve shark populations.
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Teen & Young Adult > Education & Reference > Reference

6. This Is Where It Ends

by: Marieke Nijkamp
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 288
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

#1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List
Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month
Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January
Bustle.com 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels
BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now

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Reference

7. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

by: Harlan Cohen
Release date: Apr 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 560
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For 10 years (and counting), The Naked Roommate has been the #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience!

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from making friends to managing stress. Hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses cover the basics, and then some, including topics on

College Living
•Dorm dos, don’ts, and dramas
•Lying, noisy, nasty roommates

Finding People, Places, & Patience
•Social network dos and don’ts
•Friend today, gone tomorrow

Classes
•To go or not to go?
•How to get an A, C, or F

Dating
•17 kinds of college hookups
•Long distance = BIG concerns

The Party Scene
•The punch in the “fruit punch”
•Sex, drugs, and safety first

Money
•Grants, loans, and loose change
•Credit cards and campus jobs

In college, there’s a surprise around every corner. Luckily, The Naked Roommate has you covered!

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Health, Fitness & Dieting

8. The ABC’s of LGBT+

by: Ashley Mardell
Release date: Nov 08, 2016
Number of Pages: 190
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Beyond Binary

The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights in the last few years – the overturning of DOMA, SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of how people identify is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more, Mardell’s book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding. In Mardell’s own words, “This book is also for allies and LGBT+ people simply looking to pack in some extra knowledge… a critical part of acceptance. Learning about new identities broadens our understanding of humanity, heightens our empathy, and allows us different, valuable perspectives.”

Whether you are a questioning teen, a teacher or parent looking for advice or anyone wanting to learn the language of respect, this book is an essential guide for you.

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Self-Help > Self-Esteem

9. English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language & Culture in the U.S. w/Audio CD & MP3 (English as a Second Language Series)

by: Sheila MacKechnie Murtha M.A.Jane Airey O’Connor M.Ed.
Release date: Dec 17, 2010
Number of Pages: 288
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REA’s English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language & Culture in the U.S. with Audio CD + MP3

A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner!

The warm and witty authors of Celebrate the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S. get you started on your ESL journey with English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language & Culture in the U.S.

English the American Way is your companion to everyday life in the United States. Engaging, easy-to-follow chapters highlight important topics in American culture, such as: making friends, getting around, dining out, dealing with money, buying a home, what to do in an emergency, visiting the doctor, handling a job interview, and more.

Our ESL author experts (Sheila MacKechnie Murtha and Jane Airey O’Connor) give English language learners must-know vocabulary, commonly used phrases, wacky idioms, and sample dialogues that illustrate everyday American life. You’ll have fun along the way as you improve your English language and grammar skills with sentence completions, quizzes, and helpful tips.

Practice speaking English like an American until you’re perfect! Improve your listening and speaking skills with the dialogues included on our audio CD and MP3 download.

English the American Way is an excellent resource for ESL students and teachers, English language learners, and professionals of all ages and all nationalities.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!

Don’t miss the second book in the series… Celebrate the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to English Language and Culture in the U.S.

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Reference > Words, Language & Grammar > Etymology

10. 900 Practice Questions for the Upper Level SSAT & ISEE: Extra Preparation for an Excellent Score (Private Test Preparation)

by: Princeton Review
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 544
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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT … and The Princeton Review brings you all the practice you need to ace the Upper Level SSAT or ISEE and get into the private school of your choice.

The Secondary School Aptitude Test (SSAT) and Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) are crucial parts of the application process for private schools. Give yourself or your student a leg up in the competitive admissions race with this workout book full of practice problems and explanations to help hone your areas of strength, improve your areas of weakness, and drill your way to success.

Practice Your Way to Perfection.

• 2 full-length practice tests (1 for SSAT & 1 for ISEE), plus nearly 600 additional questions
• Alternating SSAT & ISEE drills that provide a clear comparison of specific
• Verbal, Math, Reading, and Writing question types

Academic and Strategic Explanations.

• Solve questions “your teacher’s way” using a fundamental-skills approach
• Learn when to apply The Princeton Review’s test-cracking techniques

Take Control of Your Prep.
• Assess your current knowledge and use the drills included to hone in on
the areas where you need improvement
• Customize your study plan for a higher score

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Teen & Young Adult

11. The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the ‘Write’ Side of Your Brain

by: Jamie Cat Callan
Release date: Apr 26, 2007
Number of Pages: 64
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Designed by a longtime creative writing teacher, this innovative kit includes a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a “right-brain” approach to writing. Sixty exercise sticksFirst Sentences, Non Sequiturs, and Last Strawswill get stories off the ground, 60 cards fuel creative descriptions, and four spinner palettes will ignite unexpected plot twists. For any aspiring writer, thiskit is the perfect first step on the path to literary greatness!
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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video

12. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition

by: Michael Geier
Release date: Oct 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 416
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A Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and Repair

Repair all kinds of electrical products, from modern digital gadgets to analog antiques, with help from this updated book. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition, offers expert insights, case studies, and step-by-step instruction from a lifelong electronics guru. Discover how to assemble your workbench, use the latest test equipment, zero in on and replace dead components, and handle reassembly. Instructions for specific devices, including stereos, MP3 players, digital cameras, flat-panel TVs, laptops, headsets, and mobile devices are also included in this do-it-yourself guide.

  • Choose the proper tools and set up your workbench
  • Ensure personal safety and use proper eye and ear protection
  • Understand how electrical components work and why they fail
  • Perform preliminary diagnoses based on symptoms
  • Use test equipment, including digital multimeters, ESR meters, frequency
    counters, and oscilloscopes
  • Interpret block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble products and identify sections
  • Analyze circuits, locate faults, and replace dead parts
  • Re-establish connections and reassemble devices

 

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Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Reference

13. 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know: What to Do, What to Say, and How to Behave

by: Kay WestJohn BridgesBryan Curtis
Release date: Oct 31, 2011
Number of Pages: 240
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School, clubs, soccer practice, piano lessons, study groups, latte with friends, dinner with grandparents, sleepovers, birthday parties, shopping—young ladies today are always on the go, their busy lives filled with activities and socializing. Girls interact with more people and in more places than ever before. But all of those opportunities to build friendships, make a good impression, and enjoy exciting experiences can go awry if she hasn’t learned the basics of good conduct, respectful interaction, and thoughtful behavior.

While the formal rules of etiquette are not taught the way they once were, good manners are as critical today as they ever were. 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know provides a modern update on the ageless idea that girls should know appropriate and courteous responses to any given situation. Good manners aren’t just some quaint idea and old-fashioned concept from the past. They’re an essential aspect of every young lady’s path to adulthood and the skills she will need to thrive in whatever she chooses to do. In an ever-changing world, good manners never go out of style.

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Reference > Etiquette > Etiquette Guides & Advice

14. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

by: Bobby FischerStuart MarguliesDon Mosenfelder
Release date: Jul 01, 1982
Number of Pages: 352
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This book is essentially a chess teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called “programmed learning”. The real authors were experts and authorities in the field of programmed learning. Bobby Fischer lent his name to the project. Stuart Margulies is a chess master and also a recognized authority on programmed learning. He is a widely published author of more than 40 books, all in the field of programmed learning, especially in learning how to read. For example, one of his books is “Critical reading for proficiency 1 : introductory level”. Donn Mosenfelder is not a known or recognized chess player, but he was the owner of the company that developed and designed this book. He has written more than 25 books, almost all on basic reading, writing and math. The definitive way to learn how to play chess, or to master more complex chess strategies.
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Humor & Entertainment > Puzzles & Games > Board Games

15. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

by: Jamie C. MartinTsh Oxenreider
Release date: Jun 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 224
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Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared to change it for good.

Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids’ love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?

Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine–one that can boost their kids’ immunity to the world’s distractions. STORY

Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.

Give Your Child the World includes more than 600 children’s book recommendations from around the world. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.

Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Family

16. Youcat

by: Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (editor)
Release date: Apr 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 305
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YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will be launched on World Youth Day. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:

What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
How Catholics are to live (moral life)
How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)

The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith.

Pope Benedict XVI on the YOUCAT project:

“Dear young friends!
Today I recommend for your reading an unusual book….Should we not attempt to translate the Catechism of the Catholic Church into the language of young people? Should we not bring its great riches into the world of today’s youth? Of course, there are many differences even among the youth of today’s world. And so now, under the capable direction of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn, YOUCAT has been produced for young people. I hope that many young people will let themselves be fascinated by this book.

Many people say to me: The youth of today are not interested in this. I disagree, and I am certain that I am right. The youth of today are not as superficial as some think. They want to know what life is all about….This book is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of use.

So I invite you: Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire. This catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the “pearl of great value” (Mt 13:45) for which you must give everything. So I beg you: Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith….”

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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism

17. The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Official Act Prep Guide)

by: ACT
Release date: Sep 06, 2011
Number of Pages: 929
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The Real ACT Prep Guide with CD is the only book with insider test-taking tips and strategy, practice, and insight from the makers of the ACT. This is the only guide that includes 5 previously administered, full-length ACT tests written by the actual test maker (including 2 NEW practice tests). Also included is ACT content and procedures you’ll follow when actually taking the test, along with in-depth review of the optional Writing Test and how it is scored; examples of all the question types; and suggestions on how you might approach the questions. The supplemental CD features a complete electronic copy of Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101 and additional online college planning resources from Peterson’s.

  • The only guide that includes 5 previously administered, full-length ACT tests written by the actual test maker (including 2 NEW practice tests)
  • ACT content and procedures you’ll follow when actually taking the test
  • Valuable information about tuition payment plans
  • All the question types you can expect to find on the ACT
  • Suggestions on how you might approach the questions and Peterson’s tried-and-true test-taking strategies and tips
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Reference

18. Grammar Workbook: Grammar Grades 7-8

by: Grammar Workbook Team
Release date: Sep 18, 2015
Number of Pages: 118
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**New!**This illustrated grammar workbook teaches children the grammar concepts they need to know.

The lessons are extremely well explained and easy to understand, giving students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in grammar.

Included are the study of the four types of sentences, clauses, the eight parts of speech, verb tenses, and much, much more. (Also includes sentence composition, allowing students the opportunity to apply the grammar they’ve learned.)

An excellent grammar book because it makes grammar easy to understand and easy to learn.

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Teen & Young Adult > Education & Reference > Language Arts > Grammar

19. AP® U.S. History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)

by: Larry KriegerGregory FeldmethAdvanced PlacementUS History Study Guides
Release date: Jan 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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REA’s Crash Course for the AP® U.S. History Exam – Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement® Score in Less Time

Completely Revised for the 2015 Exam!

Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched student, the last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the subject.

Are you crunched for time? Have you started studying for your Advanced Placement® U.S. History exam yet? How will you memorize everything you need to know before the test? Do you wish there was a fast and easy way to study for the exam AND boost your score?

If this sounds like you, don’t panic. REA’s Crash Course for AP® U.S. History is just what you need. Our Crash Course gives you:

Targeted, Focused Review – Study Only What You Need to Know
Fully revised for the 2015 AP® U.S. History exam, this Crash Course is based on an in-depth analysis of the revised AP® U.S. History course description outline and sample AP® test questions. It covers only the information tested on the new exam, so you can make the most of your valuable study time.

Expert Test-taking Strategies
Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering both the multiple-choice and essay questions. By following this advice, you can boost your score in every section of the test.

Take REA’s Online Practice Exam
After studying the material in the Crash Course, go to the online REA Study Center and test what you’ve learned. Our practice exam features timed testing, detailed explanations of answers, and automatic scoring analysis. The exam is balanced to include every topic and type of question found on the actual AP® exam, so you know you’re studying the smart way.

Whether you’re cramming for the test at the last minute, looking for extra review, or want to study on your own in preparation for the exams – this is the study guide every AP® U.S. History student must have.

When it’s crucial crunch time and your Advanced Placement® exam is just around the corner, you need REA’s Crash Course for AP® U.S. History!

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History > Americas > United States > Civil War

20. How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students

by: Cal Newport
Release date: Apr 12, 2005
Number of Pages: 193
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The only guide to getting ahead once you’ve gotten in—proven strategies for making the most of your college years, based on winning secrets from the country’s most successful students

What does it take to be a standout student? How can you make the most of your college years—graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, and gain access to the best post-college opportunities? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, How to Win at College presents seventy-five simple rules that will rocket you to the top of the class. These college-tested—and often surprising—strategies include:

• Don’t do all your reading
• Drop classes every term
• Become a club president
• Care about your grades, Ignore your GPA
• Never pull an all-nighter
• Take three days to write a paper
• Always be working on a “grand project”
• Do one thing better than anyone else you know

Proving that success has little to do with being a genius workaholic, and everything to do with playing the game, How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years—and getting an edge on life after graduation.

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Teen & Young Adult > Education & Reference > Study Aids

21. Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers

by: Walter HovingJoe EulaJohn Hoving
Release date: Mar 18, 1989
Number of Pages: 96
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Here is the perfect little book for anyone—teenage or otherwise—who has ever wanted to master the art of good table manners. Written by Walter Hoving, former chairman of Tiffany’s of New York, it is a step-by-step introduction to all the basics, from the moment the meal begins (“It is customary for the young man to help the young lady on his right to be seated”) to the time it ends (“Remember that a dinner party is not a funeral, nor has your hostess invited you because she thinks you are in dire need of food. You’re there to be entertaining”). In addition to the essentials about silverware, service, and sociability, it includes many of the fine points, too—the correct way to hold a fish fork, how to eat an artichoke properly, and, best of all, how to be a gracious dining companion.

Concise, witty, and illustrated with humor and style by Joe Eula, this classic guide to good table manners has delighted readers of all ages for more than 50 years.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Manners

22. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High

by: Melba Pattillo Beals
Release date: Jul 24, 2007
Number of Pages: 240
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An innocent teenager.
An unexpected hero.

In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

23. SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time

by: Susan Kruger
Release date: Jan 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 160
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The MISSING LINK is here! Join the thousands of parents, students, teachers, tutors, and schools using SOAR Study Skills, and find your undiscovered brilliance, today!
              
The SOAR Study Skills book is in over 3,800+ schools and in 35 different countries world-wide.
          
“Bottom line: Get the book; you won’t be sorry. We’ve only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.” 
– Sharmian L. White, Parent   
 
10 Strategies Covered in SOAR Study Skills:                   

  1. Time & Task-Management
  2. Organizing at Home & School
  3. Writing Strategies
  4. Note-Taking Strategies
  5. Test-Taking Strategies
  6. Paper Organization
  7. Homework & Project Planning
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Reading Skills
  10. Goal-Setting
Why SOAR Study Skills? Apply the brain-friendly strategies, and…
  • Build Confidence!
  • Raise Test Scores in every subject area.
  • Raise Writing Scores in a single semester.
  • Raise GPA.
  • Master Executive Function techniques for improved intelligence.
  • Gain High-Speed Learning techniques that cut back study-time, as much as 50%.
  • Achieve – better grades… in less time.
                                   
How can SOAR Study Skills guarantee all of this? It’s simple, SOAR teaches you what your school does NOT… how to learn. It is the most essential, fundamental, and basic element to any education, but schools still don’t address it. National and state curriculum demand heavier amounts of content. But, teachers have no time or training for teaching the vital learning strategies and “life-skills” students need!
                   
“SOAR has been a Godsend to our family…You have no idea!  My son has not lost one assignment or forgotten anything at school since I set him up with your Binder System.  You really demonstrated how to simplify the organizational process and I am so grateful to have found something that finally works!” — Paul K., Middle School Parent
                     
Is the education system setting students up for failure? Students are learning lots of new technical knowledge. But, very few are able to juggle their new knowledge, time, and tasks all at once. Organizing papers, managing time, managing tasks, taking tests, taking notes, studying, communicating, organizing at home… these are all HUGE functions in everyday school-life. Yet, schools don’t teach any of it! Students struggle in school, not because of their lack of intelligence, but because they haven’t been taught how to learn! 
            
What is the missing link in education? HOW TO LEARN! Get your child ahead in school by giving them the proper skills needed to be a successful student and more importantly, a successful learner.
The strategies in this book are appropriate for students in: upper elementary, middle school, high school, & college.
                                
Do you struggle with test-taking? Flip to page 92. Begin to discover the tips and tricks you can use immediately, for test taking success. 
                     
Do you lose easy points for missing assignments? Turn to page 43, and follow the easy to read step-by-step instructions to paper organization mastery. Then, say goodbye to zeros and missing assignments once and for all!
                                 
Special Features: 
  • Tips for students who live in two homes. 
  • Guidelines for students with ADD/ADHD.
  • Guidelines to help parents & educators use this book effectively with students.
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24. Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss

by: Danica McKellar
Release date: Jun 30, 2009
Number of Pages: 352
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The New York Times bestseller-from the “Dancing With The Stars” contestant and popular author of Math Doesn’t Suck, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves-teaches girls how to kick pre-algebra butt

In her New York Times bestselling books, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shatters the “math nerd” stereotype and gives girls the tools to ace middle-school math in her unique, just- us-girls style. Now, in her second book, Kiss My Math, McKellar empowers a new crop of girls-seventh to ninth graders-to tackle the next level of mathematics: pre-algebra.

Stepping up not only the math but the sass and style, McKellar helps math-phobic teenagers moving up into high school chill out and finally “get” negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more. As she did so effectively in Math Doesn’t Suck, McKellar uses personality quizzes, reader polls, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life-in addition to clear instruction, helpful tips, and practice problems-revealing why pre-algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than girls think. McKellar is clearly reaching her audience: parents, teachers, and especially girls are asking for more.

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Science & Math > Mathematics > Study & Teaching

25. Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises That Are Not Personal, Not Introspective, Not Boring!

by: Dawn DiPrinceCheryl Miller Thurston
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 108
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Some people just don’t want to share intimate details about their thoughts, feelings, and lives—at least not with others in a class or group. That’s where UnJournaling comes in. All the writing prompts in this book are entirely impersonal but completely engaging—for both kids and adults.

Just a couple of examples of the 200 writing prompts on widely varied topics:

  • Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with a dot (in other words, no i or j).
  • Why on earth would Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it “macaroni”? Come up with a plausible explanation.

The book includes sample responses to all of the questions—a helpful tool for anyone who gets stuck with a topic and wants to see that it can be done!

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26. Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7

by: Larry Gonick
Release date: Sep 10, 1997
Number of Pages: 368
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An entertaining and informative illustrated guide  that makes world history accessible, appealing,  and funny.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Comic Strips

27. Human Body (Discovery Kids)

by: Parragon Books
Release date: Jun 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 80
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Discover the secrets of the human body. Using stunning illustrations and cutaway diagrams, Human Body takes you on a fascinating visual journey of this most complex of machines, showcasing the brilliance of the human anatomy along the way. Satisfy the curiosity of the most inquisitive minds and discover the secrets of the body with this concise reference book for all the family. Explore the human body in minute detail, from microscopic cells to the large intestine. Features key information on the vital organs and their functions. Learn all about the skeleton and examine joints and muscles in detail. Discover the mechanics behind our five senses.
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28. On Liberty (Dover Thrift Editions)

by: John Stuart Mill
Release date: Jun 19, 2002
Number of Pages: 112
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Discussed and debated from time immemorial, the concept of personal liberty went without codification until the 1859 publication of On Liberty. John Stuart Mill’s complete and resolute dedication to the cause of freedom inspired this treatise, an enduring work through which the concept remains well known and studied.
The British economist, philosopher, and ethical theorist’s argument does not focus on “the so-called Liberty of the Will…but Civil, or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual.” Mill asks and answers provocative questions relating to the boundaries of social authority and individual sovereignty. In powerful and persuasive prose, he declares that there is “one very simple principle” regarding the use of coercion in society — one may only coerce others either to defend oneself or to defend others from harm.
The new edition offers students of political science and philosophy, in an inexpensive volume, one of the most influential studies on the nature of individual liberty and its role in a democratic society.

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Law > Constitutional Law > Human Rights

29. Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape

by: Danica McKellar
Release date: Jul 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 432
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Three-time New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar and popular “Dancing With The Stars” contestant now makes it a breeze to excel in… Geometry!

Hollywood actress and math whiz Danica McKellar has completely shattered the “math nerd” stereotype. For years, she’s been showing girls how to feel confident and ace their math classes – with style! With Girls Get Curves, she applies her winning techniques to high school geometry, giving readers the tools they need to feel great and totally “get” everything from congruent triangles to theorems, and more. Inside you’ll find:

·        Time-saving tips and tricks for homework and tests

·        Illuminating practice problems (and proofs!) with detailed solutions

·        Totally relatable real-world examples

·        True stories from Danica’s own life as an actress and math student

·        A Troubleshooting Guide, for getting unstuck during even the trickiest proofs!

 

With Danica as a coach, girls everywhere can stop hiding from their homework and watch their scores rise!

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30. 5 Steps to a 5: AP Calculus AB 2017

by: William Ma
Release date: Jul 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 432
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Get ready for your AP Calculus AB exam with this straightforward, easy-to-follow study guide–updated to match the latest test changes

The wildly popular test prep guide? updated and enhanced for smartphone users?5 Steps to a 5: AP Calculus AB 2017 provides a proven strategy to achieving high scores on this demanding Advanced Placement exam.

This logical and easy-to-follow instructional guide introduces an effective 5-step study plan to help students build the skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence they need to reach their full potential. The book helps students master multiple-choice, free-response and essay questions and offers comprehensive answer explanations and sample responses. Written by a math consultant and former chair of math department, this insider’s guide reflects the latest course syllabus and includes 2 full-length practice exams, plus the most up-to-date scoring information.

The 5 Steps to a 5: AP Calculus AB 2017 effective 5-step plan breaks down test preparation into stages: 1. Set Up Your Study Program 2. Determine Your Test Readiness 3. Develop Strategies for Success 4. Develop the Knowledge You Need to Score High 5. Build Your Test-Taking Confidence.

  • In 2014, almost 300,000 students took the AP Calculus AB test
  • 2 full-length practice exams
  • BONUS interactive AP Planner app delivers a customized study schedule and extra practice questions to students’ mobile devices
  • The 5 Steps to a 5 series has prepared millions of students for success
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