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Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life
Joe De Sena

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, ...
  
  











  



  
Together is All We Need (Shenandoah Sisters #4)
Michael Phillips

Bethany House Publishers, 2004

Shenandoah Sisters Book 4, the sequel to The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart. For over a year, Mayme—a former slave—and Katie have lived together on Katie’s plantation, hiding the fact that they are orphans of war to avoid being separated. Together they have sheltered others and battled threats of foreclosure, theft, and deadly danger. But now the girls face what seems like the certain end of their scheme. A hard-nosed ...
  
  











  



  
Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books)
P.D. Eastman

Random House/Beginner Books, 1961

Reading goes to the dogs in this timeless Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy? And laughter will ensue at the repeated question “Do you like my hat?” Like P. D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother? Go, Dog. Go! has been a go-to favorite for over fifty years, leaving audiences of all breeds wagging their tails ...
  
  











  



  
Running Barefoot, 2014

When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy crashes headlong into new-comer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young friend behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, ...
  
  











  



  
The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award - Teen Book Winner)
Wendelin Van Draanen

Ember, 2012

Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not ...
  
  











  



  
Five Smooth Stones: A Novel (Rediscovered Classics)

Chicago Review Press, 2009

David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. ...
  
  











  



  
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Gary Paulsen

Harcourt, 1994

Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.
  
  











  



  
October Sky (The Coalwood Series #1)
Homer H. Hickam

Fourth Estate Ltd, 1999

Three years in the life of Homer 'Sonny' Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket. A nostalgic and lyrical memoir of growing up in rural West Virginia in the 1950s and one boy's dream to rival the Russians in the race for space. In 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia, a town dominated by the black steel towers of the mine and the coal waggons, for a fourteen ...
  
  











  



  
Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Laura Hillenbrand

Ballantine Books, 2002

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile ...
  
  











  



  
The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart (Shenandoah Sisters #3)
Michael Phillips

Bethany House Publishers, 2004

Book 3 of bestselling Shenandoah Sisters. Katie, the daughter of a plantation owner, and Mayme, the daughter of a slave, find themselves with only each other after the Civil War. They devise a scheme to keep Katie’s plantation going, disguising the fact they are all alone. Now in book three, the girls face new threats to their security. A long-lost uncle appears and then disappears as suddenly, taking their secret with them. Then a flood ...
  
  











  



  
The Wounded (The Woodlands Series Book 3)

Clean Teen Publishing, 2014

You think you're in control. That it's your hands on the reins. But I'm starting to think either someone else is driving, or the reins are attached to nothing. Just flapping and snapping in the breeze. What could be simple, never is.    Rosa doesn't want to get used to being separated from Joseph, from Orry. So she must find the strength to battle her way back to her family, while mustering the courage to face her father, his secrets.    ...
  
  











  



  
Secretariat's Meadow
Kate Chenery Tweedy, Leeanne Meadows Ladin

Dementi Milestone Publishing, 2010

" On March 30, 1970, Secretariat drew his first breath in a little white foaling shed on a historic farm called The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia. Three years later he would leave the nation breathless as he captured the Triple Crown, shattering records and rivals alike. At The Meadow, America s Super Horse learned to gallop across its rolling fields and its loamy track. There, Secretariat first felt the calming hand of a groom, the taste ...
  
  











  



  
Apollo
Charles Murray, Catherine Bly Cox

South Mountain Books, 2004

Out of print for fifteen years, this is the classic account of how the United States got to the moon. It is a book for those who were part of Apollo and want to recapture the experience and for those of a new generation who want to know how it was done. It is an opinon shared by many Apollo veterans. Republished in 2004 with a new Foreword by the authors.
  
  











  



  
Becoming Coach Shaw: How I Learned to Run My Own Race, 2014

When faced with adversity, you can give up. . .or you can run your race. Success did not come easy to Darwin Shaw. Raised by his grandparents and extended family members, Darwin’s childhood was filled with hardships and heartbreaks. With the help of people who cared, Darwin learned valuable lessons that helped him to face—and beat—tremendous odds. Becoming Coach Shaw is a powerful reminder that setbacks are not permanent and small steps ...
  
  











  



  
Ruffian: Burning From The Start
Jane Schwartz

Ballantine Books, 1991

"A colorful story...Ruffian was nothing if not a heartbreaker. Her story, dramatically recounted by Jane Scwartz, epitomizes both the adrenaline-pumping glory and gut-wrenching ruthlessness inherent in the sport of horse racing." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD Here is the story f the exceptional filly, a horse so dominating, she was likened to legend. Beginning with her earliest days in Kentucky, the book follows Ruffian at every stage of her ...
  
  











  



  
Sara's Children : The Destruction of Chmielnik
Suzan Esther Hagstrom

Sergeant Kirkland's Press, 2001

Full of love, joy and hope, Nathan Garfinkel's wedding portrait captures one of life's turning points. The occasion, however, was more momentous than anyone could ever imagine. Only six years earlier Nathan and his sisters, who surround him in the photograph, were reduced to living skeletons, victims of anti-Semitism that raged out of control during World War II. Nazi Germany and its sympathizers brutally murdered more than 6 million Jews across ...
  
  











  



  
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America
James Allen

Twin Palms Publishers, 2000

The Tuskegee Institute records the lynching of 3,436 blacks between 1882 and 1950. This is probably a small percentage of these murders, which were seldom reported, and led to the creation of the NAACP in 1909, an organization dedicated to passing federal anti-lynching laws. Through all this terror and carnage someone-many times a professional photographer-carried a camera and took pictures of the events. These lynching photographs were often ...
  
  











  



  
Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Race Car That Shocked the World at the 1994 Indy 500

Octane Press, 2014

The Beast was the nickname of a shocking new race engine unveiled for the 1994 Indianapolis 500. The massive effort to design and build it in a seemingly impossible timeframe is still hailed as one of the most herculean efforts and well-kept secrets in the history of the Indy 500. In the new book, Beast, bestselling author Jade Gurss chronicles the subterfuge and debunks the myths about this legendary engine that persist twenty years on. Gurss ...
  
  











  



  
Driver #8
Dale Earnhardt, Jade Gurss

Vision, 2002

Powered by a high-octane mix of bravado and humility, Dale Jr. shares the victory and joy, tragedy and heartbreak in his first Winston Cup season. Here are the crowds, the endless travel, and the behind-the-scenes action while Dale Jr. tries to carve out his own identity and win the respect of his peers. He shows you how races are won or lost, the bonds between a driver and his team-and the weight of racing against a man who is not only your ...
  
  











  



  
Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, 2011

Note: Kindle edition does not include the 164 photos that comprise the photo essay that is included in the Hard Cover version.  Barbaro reeled off five easy wins to set himself up for the 2006 Kentucky Derby. He was undefeated, yet there were still doubters. Barbaro wowed everyone who saw him in the flesh as he prepared for the Kentucky Derby. His final Derby workout was sensational. In the Derby itself, he simply crushed the field to win ...
  
  











  








   



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