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Spy's Survival Handbook
Laban Carrick Hill
0439561256
March 2004
Other Format
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Book Description
Think you've got what it takes to be a spy? This book shows you how! Start by learning basic codes from Morse code and Braille to grid and pigpen ciphers. Learn how to dress the part, too, with disguises and undercover surveillance tips. Turn ordinary objects in your house into spy tools-from hidden inks to telescoping mirrors. Act like a special ops agent as you learn how to identify "tails," contact other agents and pass messages. There are even tips on recruiting other spies, starting your own spy club, and playing spy games. Also includes a brief (and real) history of true-life spies.


Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
Laban Carrick Hill
0316814113
January 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Hill explains the violence, frustration, and dreams of economic opportunity that led to the African-American migration to the North at the beginning of the 20th century. He describes the sense of pride, responsibility, and rights engendered by participation in World War I and the white resentment that resulted in such violence that James Weldon Johnson "dubbed the summer of 1919 the `Red Summer'" in response to the bloodshed. The author discusses why blacks settled in Harlem and how it became the "Mecca of the New Negro," attracting the likes of Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Claude McKay. Also highlighted are publications such as the National Urban League's Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, which not only supplied forums for these writers but also attempted to generate income for them and...


Lost Wake
Laban Carrick Hill
0613138678
Aug 1998
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
When Jamil and his friends are invited to a mystery weekend at a resort hotel, they soon find themselves involved in a real mystery-- someone has stolen the plans to a revolutionary new wakeboard.


Casa Azul
Laban Carrick Hill
0823004112
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up–Using the story of a country girl and her brother hunting for their mother in the maze of Mexico City in 1940 as a framework, Hill introduces the tempestuous life and art of Frida Kahlo, who befriends the children. The book is deftly written with keen attention to characterization and setting; the author lovingly describes the sights and sounds of both rural and urban Mexico. Fourteen-year-old Maria Ortiz and her younger brother, Victor, as well as ancillary characters like Fulang the monkey and Chica the cat are rendered in believable terms (although believable only goes so far when some of the protagonists are talking animals). Indeed, comic personalities like these and a sentient sugar skull allow readers to identify more easily with Kahlo's complex world. Despite some incredulous...

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