The DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation first introduced in Congress in 2001, would provide conditional residency for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children. It recognizes that undocumented youth have done nothing wrong and that they should be allowed to work, to go to school, and to travel. Congress has failed to pass the DREAM Act, and 14 states have filled the gap by implementing their own laws and policies that provide educational benefits to undocumented students. Right to DREAM makes a compelling argument for the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. William A. Schwab explores the key issues surrounding this legislation: What are the issues that divide? What do the proponents and opponents of the DREAM Act argue? Is there a middle ground? Is compromise possible? Schwab explains the legal issues surrounding the education of immigrant children, who immigrates and why, how four waves of immigration have shaped the nation, the effects of immigrants on the US economy and culture, and the process of becoming an American. He weaves personal stories of undocumented youth throughout the book and advocates for the economic, political, and social benefits of the DREAM Act that would bring undocumented youth out of the shadows and into the mainstream of society. The book is published by The University of Arkansas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert J. Eckrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048128/bk_acx0_048128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In A Dream of Mortals, Thorgrin and his brothers struggle to break free from the grips of the pirates, and to continue their search for Guwayne at sea. As they encounter unexpected friends and foes, magic and weaponry, dragons and men, it will change the very course of their destiny. Will they finally find Guwayne? Darius and his few friends survive the massacre of their people - but only to find that they are captives, thrown into the Empire Arena. Shackled together, facing unimaginable opponents, their only hope for survival is to stand and fight together, as brothers. Gwendolyn wakes from her slumber to discover that she and the others have survived their trek across the Great Waste - and even more shocking, that they have come to a land beyond their wildest imagination. As they are brought into a new royal court, the secrets Gwendolyn learns about her ancestors and her own people will change her destiny forever. Erec and Alistair, still captive at sea, struggle to break free from the grips of the Empire fleet in a bold and daring nighttime escape. When odds seem at their worst, they receive an unexpected surprise that might just give them a second chance for victory - and another chance to continue their attack on the heart of the Empire. Godfrey and his crew, imprisoned once again, set to be executed, have one last chance to try to escape. After being betrayed, they want more than escape this time - they want vengeance. Volusia is surrounded on all sides as she strives to take and hold the Empire capital - and she will have to summon a more powerful magic than she´s ever known if she is to prove herself a goddess, and become supreme ruler of the Empire. Once again, the fate of the Empire hangs in the balance. With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A Dream of Mortals is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072696/bk_acx0_072696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The sound of the basketball slapping the floor echoed hollowly in the gym, as I began working it playfully with my hands. Planning my next move, I locked eyes with my opponent. I noticed small beads of sweat beginning to form in the furrow between his eyebrows. My heart was pounding, and my nerves tightened in response... but slowly a smile formed on my lips. Here I was, 5´8´´ Jesse LeBeau, going one on one with basketball superstar Kevin Durant... and I was making him sweat! As I started to make my move on him, I briefly wondered, ´´How did a skinny kid from a small town in Alaska ever get the chance to do this?´´ Here I was, involved in the filming of the 2012 Warner Brother´s basketball movie Thunderstruck, playing against the NBA scoring champion! It shouldn´t have happened. I didn´t fit the profile and anyone would have told you that. But I did make it, despite the odds. And here is my story... Growing up as an undersized white basketball player on a remote island in Alaska, Jesse had nearly every chip stacked against him. Yet despite his size and circumstances, he managed to rise above it all and make it to the big screen in Hollywood. With only the love of the game of basketball and the tenacity to follow a dream driving him, Jesse´s persistence has led him to star in national commercials and movies with some of the most recognizable celebrities and professional athletes in the world. More importantly, he found a way to tweak the system and alter his dream and get paid to do what he loves to... every day! Be inspired by his story and learn the keys to successfully creating a life that is uniquely yours. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donny Baarns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027375/bk_acx0_027375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you know who you are? Are you comfortable in your skin? Outed by her best friend in front of the whole neighborhood, Niya is trying to come to terms with being a lesbian. When she falls for her straight neighbor, Jamilla, there is no more denying who she really is. Niya will do whatever it takes to prove her love, even if it means taking a life. What will happen when family issues, fame, the struggle for love, and reality set in? How will Niya deal with a hip-hop career as she tries to repair her broken heart and family issues?Signing to Green Note Records may just bring fulfillment and love when the sexy R&B diva Brazil Noelle swoops in and aims for Niya’s heart. Niya has always been the hero, but is she willing to be saved? Will her feelings for Jamilla block what could be her chance to get back the love she always gives? Jamilla is drowning in the reality of her home life. Forced to face a real-life monster on a daily basis, the shame of her past is slowly killing everything beautiful about her. Just when she thinks life isn’t worth living, she befriends Niya and becomes confused by the extremely close, unconventional friendship - and the high sexual tension that sends her head spinning. Will her fling with a male ´´straighten” her out for good, or will it help her realize that love has no boundaries? How long can this game of friendship last when love is the stronger opponent?Join the tormented twosome on an undeniable thrill ride as they travel down the rocky road of self-discovery. Niya and Jamilla will combat their fears, violence, distractions, extortion, love, denial, family, and sometimes each other in this emotionally charged and action-packed coming-of-age tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ida Belle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/013975/bk_blak_013975_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered perhaps the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Their ´´Miracle on Ice´´ has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable. It is a legacy of hope, hard work, and homegrown triumph. It is a chronicle of everyday heroes who just wanted to play hockey happily ever after. It is still unbelievable. The Boys of Winter is an evocative account of the improbable American adventure in Lake Placid, New York. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, Wayne Coffey explores the untold stories of the US upstarts, their Soviet opponents, and the forces that brought them together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007251/bk_tant_007251_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ruethwyn hadn´t expected to risk death while attending the most renowned mage academy in the kingdom, but after surviving a dragon´s attack, she hasn´t been willing to back down. Though she´d nearly died due to her efforts, Ruethwyn managed to protect the lives of her friends and earn the grudging respect of some of her opponents. With most danger out of the way, Ruethwyn finds herself free to focus on finishing out the school year, and for the task beyond that. Having learned of a faint possibility to remove the curse preventing her missing arm and eye from being regenerated, Ruethwyn looks to the frozen, deadly fey lands of the Frostglades to the north. There, she hopes to find not only the way to restore her body, but also to find allies who might aid her in recovering the other survivors of Mellesyn from Resvarygrath´s draconic grasp. Fortunately for her, Ruethwyn never believed that her quest would be easy. Her only fear is that the enigmatic dark elf who saved her life will find Ruethwyn unworthy and choose to end her journey before it truly begins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014639/bk_tant_014639_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There´s always tomorrow. Yes, there´s always tomorrow. And yesterday. And the nights with the same dreams. Dead men´s faces taunting me. Always taunting me. An old gunfighter told me one time, ´´The only way to stop the dreams is to let your opponent win. It´s a guaranteed cure. No more dreams.´´ ´´Sounds too final for me,´´ I told him. ´´I´ll just keep having the dreams.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Rundell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049895/bk_acx0_049895_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.