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Chess for Success
Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens
Written by Maurice Ashley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1568-7 (0-7679-1568-2)

“Maurice Ashley is not only a chess grandmaster, but he is a grandmaster at story-telling. He knows how to get to get kids hooked on the strategies and complexities of chess. In an age where kids too often play video games that are like junk food for the brain, Maurice is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Great Books for High School Kids
A Teachers' Guide to Books That Can Change Teens' Lives
Edited by Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3255-8 (0-8070-3255-7)

Teachers Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford always wanted to find a guide to the vast world of great books for teenagers-one that didn’t talk down or moralize. When they couldn’t find one, they set out to create it.

An early prototype offered at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California, was an instant... Read more >

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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58890-6 (0-307-58890-4)

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of “cool” was brewing. A physics... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Class

Written by Francois Begaudeau
Translated by Linda Asher


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-885-2 (1-58322-885-3)

Winner of the Prix France Culture/Télérama prize, The Class explores timely issues of race, class, identity, colonial history, immigration, and education, “suspend[ing] judgment and liberat[ing] the raw words of kids in a deconsecrated classroom” (Le Monde). The novel’s eponymous film version, directed by Laurent Cantet, starring author Bégaudeau as himself, won... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rip the Page!
Adventures in Creative Writing
Written by Karen Benke


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Roost Books
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-812-7 (1-59030-812-3)

Rip The Page! is an interactive writing workbook for children ages 8 to 12, offering a dynamic approach to language, ideas, and writing. Full of innovative exercises, inspiring ideas, and word lists to launch many writing adventures, this book encourages children to explore their own creative ideas and get writing. With... Read more >

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Dictatorship of Virtue
How the Battle Over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country, and Our Lives
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76398-7 (0-679-76398-8)

Bernstein offers an examination of multiculturalism--from its noble roots to the abuses and excesses that he sees being perpetrated in its name. Dictatorship of Virtue takes us to the front lines of this war for America's intellectual future: battles of school curricula, local legislation, college reading lists, censorship and freedom of... Read more >

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Beyond the Writers' Workshop
New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction
Written by Carol Bly


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49919-4 (0-385-49919-1)

Teachers and writers everywhere are facing the limits imposed by the prevailing models of teaching: community or MFA “workshops” or, at the high-school level, “peer review.” In Beyond the Writers' Workshop Carol Bly presents an alternative. She believes that workshopping’s tendency to engage in wry scorn and pay exaggerated attention to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reclaiming Virtue
How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason
Written by John Bradshaw


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-09592-0 (0-553-09592-7)

In his groundbreaking New York Times bestselling books and compelling PBS specials, John Bradshaw transformed our understanding of the family and became a dominant figure in the field of addiction and recovery. Now he brings together a lifetime of experience and teaching to redefine virtue—how we learn it and live it—for... Read more >

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Honoring the Self
The Pyschology of Confidence and Respect
Written by Nathaniel Branden


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26814-0 (0-553-26814-7)

The culmination of Dr. Branden's work of three decades in the area of self-esteem, this book reveals how the level of our self-regard affects our work, creativity, and relationships—all the struggles and goals of our existence.

Students will learn: How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect; How to nurture self-esteem in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Written by Nathaniel Branden


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37439-1 (0-553-37439-7)

The culmination of Nathaniel Branden's clinical practice and study of self-esteem, this is the definitive work by the leading pioneer in the field. The book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, personal happiness, and positive relationships. Branden introduces the six pillars-six action-based practices for daily living that... Read more >

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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Curious Minds
How a Child Becomes a Scientist
Edited by John Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7686-4 (1-4000-7686-2)

A fascinating collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world’s most interesting scientists about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives.

What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

• For Robert Sapolsky—Stanford professor of biology—it was an argument with a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department?
The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities
Written by Cecil Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-573-7 (1-55643-573-8)

Blacks have been vanishing from college campuses in the United States and reappearing in prisons, videos, and movies. Cecil Brown tackles this unwitting "disappearing act" head-on, paying special attention to the situation at UC Berkeley and the University of California system generally. Brown contends that educators have ignored the importance of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Playful Learning
Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder
Written by Mariah Bruehl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Roost Books
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-819-6 (1-59030-819-0)

Children are natural scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. From the time they are born they seek out information about the world around them in an effort to construct meaning and further their development. Children have an inherent drive to make sense of their reality, and when given an enriching environment... Read more >

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On the Same Track
How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle against Resegregation
Written by Carol Corbett Burris


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3297-8 (0-8070-3297-2)

Since the beginning of the last century, the sorting of students into different “tracks” has resulted in segregated classrooms and unequal learning opportunities for students. On the Same Track traces the origins of tracking, from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to today. Carol Burris argues that the practice perpetuates...

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Quiet
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Written by Susan Cain


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35214-9 (0-307-35214-5)

Library Journal Best Books of 2012
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own... Read more >

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Place, Not Race
A New Vision of Opportunity in America
Written by Sheryll Cashin


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8614-8 (0-8070-8614-2)

 Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward Connerly kickstarted a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the mid-1990s, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Final Exam
A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
Written by Pauline W. Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27537-0 (0-307-27537-X)

A brilliant transplant surgeon brings compassion and narrative drama to the fearful reality that every doctor must face: the inevitability of mortality.

When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. What she could not predict was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition
Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future
Written by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-141-2 (1-58008-141-X)

In today’s highly competitive climate, students need to be prepared when they graduate and count on finding a great job. It pays to figure out interests early, so they can decide what additional schooling—and tuition debt—makes sense for his or her chosen field. In What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Learning Child
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
Written by Dorothy Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0856-6 (0-8052-0856-9)

Hailed as a classic in developmental psychology, The Learning Child is as relevant today as when first published in 1972, if not more so. Drawing on the findings of psychologists like Piaget, and on her own experiences teaching child development at New York’s Bank Street College, Cohn explores the crucial links... Read more >

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Public Art for Public Schools

Written by Michele Cohen
Photographed by Stan Ries
Foreword by Michael Bloomberg


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-215-8 (1-58093-215-0)

What makes a good schoolhouse? Beyond the basics of classrooms and library, a good school inspires students and teachers and enhances the learning environment through its architecture and its art. Nowhere is this principle better demonstrated than in the New York City school system, the largest in the United States, where... Read more >

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Teaching Stories
An Anthology on the Power of Learning and Literature
Written by Robert Coles


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7169-9 (0-8129-7169-8)

In this remarkable anthology, some of the world’s greatest writers provide a master class on the transformative power of learning and literature. Culled from a course developed by Pulitzer Prize—winning author Robert Coles for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching Stories is an invaluable collection in which novelists, essayists, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Student Loan Scam
The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back
Written by Alan Collinge


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4231-1 (0-8070-4231-5)

Named one of CNN Money’s financial heroes, Alan Michael Collinge argues that student loans have become the most profitable, uncompetitive, and oppressive type of debt in American history. In an unprecedented analysis of this $85-billion industry, Collinge covers the history of student loans, the rise of Sallie Mae, and how universities... Read more >

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Another Kind of Public Education
Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities
Written by Patricia Hill Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0025-0 (0-8070-0025-6)

One of America’s most distinguished scholars of race shows us how public education needs to be seen in the light of the influence of “color-blind racism as a system of power.” Drawing examples from schools, media, and the workplace, Collins gives us a book of social analysis that is also an... Read more >
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