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Stories of My Life

by Katherine Paterson

From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children's books.

Told with her trademark humor...


Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

by Michaela DePrince, Elaine Deprince & Frank Morrison

Perfect for newly independent readers—the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America’s top ballerinas.

 

At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her...


Who Was Roberto Clemente?

by James Buckley, Ted Hammond & Nancy Harrison

Growing up the youngest of seven children in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente had a talent for baseball. His incredible skill soon got him drafted into the big leagues where he spent 18 seasons playing right field...


Saga of the Sioux

by Dee Brown & Dwight Jon Zimmerman

This new adaptation of Dee Brown's multi-million copy bestseller, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, is filled with photographs and maps to bring alive the tragic saga of Native Americans for middle grade readers....


The Underground Railroad: Would You Help Them Escape?

by Elaine Landau

It is the early 1860s. Slavery is legal in the United States. Brave slaves try to escape to freedom along the secret "Underground Railroad," but they don't always make it. What would you do? Would you help and...


Kanye West: Hip-Hop Mogul

by Jeff Burlingame

Even at a young age, Kanye West's love for music gave him opportunities to make money. Even though Kanye had the chance to attend college and have his career go in a different direction, he instead chose to...


Ludacris: Hip-Hop Mogul

by John Albert Torres

Ludacris knew from a young age that he wanted to work in the music industry. But while most rappers don't usually go this route, attending college was a choice that seemed very logical for Ludacris. In this...


Jay-Z: Hip-Hop Mogul

by John Albert Torres

Regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all-time, Jay-Z didn't always have the greatest life. In fact, growing up he faced more hardships and conflicts than any person should ever have to deal with. But this...


Eminem: Hip-Hop Mogul

by Jeff Burlingame

With a childhood that was made up of no father, being beat up by schoolmates, and dropping out of high school, no one expected much from Eminem. But in that same childhood, Eminem would find an escape from it...


50 Cent: Hip-Hop Mogul

by Jeff Burlingame

The life that 50 Cent was born into was anything but easy. From growing up without a father, to drug dealing, to being shot nine times and nearly losing his life, 50 Cent had to overcome a lot of struggles in...


The Life of Bessie Coleman: First African-American Woman Pilot

by Connie Plantz

From an early age, Bessie Coleman dreamed of flying, but racial bigotry and gender bias threatened to keep her grounded. Denied entrance to flight training school in the United States, Coleman went to Europe....


The Life of Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician

by Laura Baskes Litwin

Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731, was a man ahead of his time. As a free African American in a time of slavery, Banneker was not welcome in white society, and he spent most of his life on his Maryland farm. There...


The Jim Crow Laws and Racism in United States History

by David K. Fremon

In 1954, the Supreme Court rejected the notion of "separate by equal" facilities in the famous BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION decision. Highlighting the efforts of both blacks and whites to promote racial equality...


Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

by Juan Felipe Herrera & Raul Colon

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world

This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions...


Ice Wreck

by Lucille Recht Penner

Shackleton’s Antarctic journey took courage and perseverance. Now his story is told in a full-color early chapter book!

 

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out for the South Pole. They never made...


Native American Heroes

by Ann Mcgovern

November is Native American Heritage month! Osceola, Cochise, and Tecumseh are three Native American heroes who fought valiantly for their land and for their people. This book is divided into three parts--each...


Skywalkers

by David Weitzman

Skyscrapers define the American city.  Through a narrative text and gorgeous historical photographs David Weitzman explores Native American history and the evolution of structural engineering and architecture,...


Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival

by Marcel Prins, Peter Henk Steenhuis & Laura Watkinson

Fourteen unforgettable true stories of children hidden away during World War II Jaap Sitters was only eight years old when his mother cut the yellow stars off his clothes and sent him, alone, on a fifteen-mile...


The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

by Margarita Engle

Newbery Honor-winner Margarita Engle tells the story of Cuban folk hero, abolitionist, and women's rights pioneer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse.


Homesick

by Jean Fritz

The accolades speak for themselves:"Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai,...