Civic Culture and Urban Change

Author: Royce Hanson
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814330807
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A study of how civic culture shaped policy responses to the demographic and economic transformations of Dallas, Texas.

Educational Assessment

Author: Robert J. Wright
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412949173
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Educational Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability is a core text for use in a first level graduate course in educational measurement and testing. In addition to covering the topics traditionally found in core textbooks for this course, this text also provides coverage of contemporary topics (including national testing programs, international achievement comparisons, the value added assessment of schools and teachers, and the public policy debate on selective admissions vs. affirmative minority enrollment).

Savage Inequalities

Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0770435688
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For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremes was widening—and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded and understaffed, and lacked the basic elements of learning—including books and, all too often, classrooms for the students. In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation's schools.

Blades of Glory

Author: John Rosengren
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402200472
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An exposé of high school hockey as reflected by the author's season-long relationship with the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars describes the tremendous pressure and other factors contributing to their championship status, citing such issues as divorce, teen suicide, and performance-enhancing drugs. 25,000 first printing.

Hotel For Dogs

Author: Lois Duncan
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 054528371X
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A charming story for dog lovers everywhere--and now a major motion picture!


Author: Lou Piniella
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062660810
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In this candid, revealing, and entertaining memoir, the beloved New York Yankee legend looks back over his nearly fifty-year career as a player and a manager, sharing insights and stories about some of his most memorable moments and some of the biggest names in Major League Baseball. For nearly five decades, Lou Piniella has been a fixture in Major League Baseball, as an outfielder with the legendary New York Yankees of the 1970s, and as a manager for five teams in both the American and National leagues. With respected veteran sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella now reflects on his storied career, offering fans a glimpse of life on the field, in the dugout, and inside the clubhouse. Piniella speaks from the heart about his teams and his players, offering a detailed, up-close portrait of the Bronx Zoo’s raucous personalities such as Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter, as well as his close friendship with Thurman Munson and his unusual relationship with George Steinbrenner. He also delves deep into his post-Yankee experiences, from winning a World Series for the controversial owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott, to transforming the perennial cellar-dwelling Seattle Mariners into one of the league’s best teams. Some of the game’s brightest stars are here: Ken Griffey Jr, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez, Piniella’s supremely talented and controversial protégé. Throughout his time in the majors, Piniella has witnessed MLB grow into a multi-billion-dollar business. Piniella reflects on those changes, voicing his highly critical opinions on a range of controversial subjects, including steroids. Hilarious and uproarious, filled with eight pages of photos, Lou brings into focus a man whose deeply rooted passion for baseball has defined his life.

Because of Savannah

Author: Sarah Patt
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 1480819913
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Dakota Buchannan believes there can be nothing worse in life than losing her motheruntil her father suddenly dies, leaving her orphaned at sixteen. As she attempts to muddle her way through the funeral, Dakota is introduced to a man twice her age who looks remarkably like her father. Moments later, it is revealed that Luke is the son her father never knew he hadand her brother. Luke invites her to join his family with the option of returning to Fort Worth to live with her bachelor uncle if she is not happy. Despite influence from Lukes narcissistic wife, it does not take long before their adorable four-year-old daughter, Savannah, captivates Dakota. As things begin looking up for Dakota, she meets a college graduate at a barbeque, setting off fireworks in her love life. But when her uncle falls victim to a near fatal hit-and-run, Dakota is compelled to revisit her old home where the past collides with the present as she comes face-to-face with a killer and a shocking secret. In this gripping story, an orphaned teenager is led down an unexpected path through pain, fear, and danger to the eventual realization that everything in life happens for a reason.


Author: Anthony Robles
Publisher: Gotham Books
ISBN: 1592408044
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Anthony Robles is a three-time all-American wrestler, a NCAA champion, and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was also born without his right leg. Doctors could not explain to his mother, Judy, what led to the birth defect. But at the age of five, to his mother's horror, he shimmied up a fifty-foot pole unassisted. From that moment on, she knew that her son would be unstoppable. When Anthony first began wrestling in high school; he was the smallest, least experienced kid on the team and considered it a victory when he wasn't pinned. By persisting and eventually learning how to maximize his strengths, he finished his senior season as an undefeated national champion. With college coaches unwilling to risk a scholarship on a kid with one leg, he was forced to walk on at Arizona State, where he had to prove himself all over again. Despite hardships on and off the mat including temptation to quit school and get a job to help his family when the bank foreclosed on their home Anthony rediscovered his focus and determination. As a senior for the Sun Devils, he went undefeated, winning the 2011 NCAA title in the 125-pound weight class. 'I'm inspired by his courage . . . Anthony is a reminder of the amazing things that can happen when we don't give in; when we hang on for just a little longer than out bodies and minds are telling us to.' Jay Leno, form the foreword 'Unstoppableis a really touching and absorbing account on the mat and in life. I've really enjoyed the way he's taken me there to share it with him. This is a great book!' Serena Williams'Anthony Robles beat the odds by becoming unstoppable on the mat and in life. He's an inspiration.' Michael Oher, author of the New York Timesbestseller I Beat the Odds'Unstoppableis filled with passion, empowerment, hope, and encouragement. Anyone who reads this book will walk away with a sense of self-motivation to go out and accomplish their dreams.' LaDainian Tomlinson, former NFL running back and Most Valuable Player 'Today's world is in need of heroes. After meeting Anthony and reading this book, I'm moved by his ability to inspire other to greatness to be unstoppable. Anthony exemplifies greatness and reminds us that greatness lies in all of us.' Elliott Hill, vice president, Nike North America