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Surviving the Oregon Trail: Stories in American History

by Rebecca Stefoff

In the nineteenth century, over half a million men, women and children traveled west on the Oregon Trail. Stretching two thousand miles from Independence Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Trail...

Spacewalk: The Astounding GEMINI 4 Mission

by Carl R. Green

GEMINI 4 pilot Ed White could see Hawaii, California, Texas, and Florida. Millions of Americans had seen these places before, but White had a unique view. He looked at them while walking in space! One hundred...

The California Gold Rush: Stories in American History

by Linda Jacobs Altman

In 1848, gold was discovered in California! This exciting news spread eastward. People from all walks of life with dreams of enormous riches packed up their belongings and left their comfortable homes behind...

The Legend of the Alamo: Stories in American History

by Roy Sorrels

The battle for the Alamo has become one of the most famous conflicts in American history. In 1836, General Santa Ana led troops in a battle to defend the Alamo-a Spanish-built mission in San Antonio. This battle...

The Secret of the Manhattan Project: Stories in American History

by Doreen Gonzales

Thousands of American soldiers were dying and millions more combattants and civilians were perishing during World War II. Some of the world's greatest scientists escaped their own war-torn countries and fled...

Danger in Space: Surviving the APOLLO 13 Disaster

by Henry M. Holden

Soaring through space at 25,000 per hour, APOLLO 13 was on course for the Moon. Suddenly, the three astronauts aboard the spacecraft heard a loud bang. A strong vibration rumbled through the crew cabin. There...

The Amazing Underground Railroad: Stories in American History

by Kem Knapp Sawyer

Thousands of courageous African Americans escaped from slavery in the South along what became known as "The Underground Railroad." The railroad provided a secret way to transport slaves to freedom in the Northern...

The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad: Stories in American History

by R. Conrad Stein

In the Civil War, the Union's victory over the Confederacy was largely due in part to the superior Northern railroads, which kept the military stocked with supplies. As a result, the United States realized the...

Eye on the Universe: The Incredible Hubble Space Telescope

by Michael D. Cole

Would you like to see a colossal storm on the planet Saturn? Or would you rather see the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy? Is it possible to see a planet in another galaxy 13 billion light years...

The Coolest Job in the Universe: Working Aboard the International Space Station

by Henry M. Holden

Traveling more than 17,000 miles per hour in constant orbit around Earth, astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Despite the hostile environment of space, the ISS has suitable...

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students

by Martin Luther Jr King

The first collection of King’s essential writings for high school students and young people


A Time to Break Silence presents Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most important writings and speeches—carefully selected...

Farewell to Manzanar

by James D. Houston, James A. Houston & Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees....

Kennedy's Last Days

by Bill O'Reilly

On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes...

Buffalo Bill Cody: Courageous Wild West Showman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Buffalo Bill rode his speedy horse toward a herd of buffalo. With careful aim, Bill dropped a buffalo with one shot. Before the day ended, he bagged ten more. In less than eighteen months, he had killed thousands....

Davy Crockett: Courageous Hero of the Alamo

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Hopelessly outnumbered, Davy Crockett and the defenders of the Alamo rallied around the battle cry, "Victory or Death!" The courageous Texans chose to defend the fort in San Antonio against more than two thousand...

Brigham Young: Courageous Mormon Leader

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Angry mobs had forced Brigham Young and his fellow Mormons out of Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. As leader of the Mormon Church, Young needed a safe place for his followers to live and worship freely. So with...

Richard King: Courageous Texas Cattleman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

In the broiling heat of Texas, Richard King built an empire. Before he arrived in Texas, cattle ranching barely existed in the United States. Although it was a hostile land of sand and brush, King saw an opportunity...

Sam Houston: Courageous Texas Hero

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Crushing losses at the Alamo and Goliad sent the Texans reeling. With the stronger Mexican army poised for victory, General Sam Houston commanded all that remained of the Texas army fighting for its independence....

Sacagawea: Courageous American Indian Guide

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

In May 1805, as the Lewis and Clark expedition paddled up the Missouri River, a howling gust of wind tipped over one of the canoes. The men paddled to shore, leaving behind precious supplies. Instantly, Sacagawea...

Bill Pickett: Courageous African-American Cowboy

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Bill Pickett urged his horse forward chasing after the speedy steer. Like an acrobat, Pickett jumped onto the steer's back, grabbing it by the horns. In the same motion, he twisted the steer's neck up and bit...