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King of the Mild Frontier

by Chris Crutcher

Do You Know:

  • A good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives?
  • That you can step inside a roaring coal furnace and feet cool?
  • That Jesus had an older brother?
  • How shutting your mouth can help you avoid brain...

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...


Little Author in the Big Woods

by Yona Zeldis Mcdonough & Jennifer Thermes

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography...


Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

New York Times Bestseller

A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school in this hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.

"I was inspired by...


The Boy on Fairfield Street

by Kathleen Krull, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

Award-winning author Kathleen Krull zeros in on the formative first 22 years of the life of Ted Geisel. This is the first picture book biography of Dr. Seuss, written especially for his young fans who want to...


Believing in Books: The Story of Lillian Smith

by Sydell Waxman

This biography is the story of a child who took her love of childrens' books and found a way to share it with the world as she grew up. Her voice would be the first to carry the message of childrens' right to...


This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

by Esther Earl, Lori Earl & Wayne Earl

New York Times Bestseller!

"This moving read will have you reaching for the tissues and smiling with delight....Stunningly alive on the page, Esther shows that sometimes the true meaning of life-helping and...


Beauty Poetry: "She Walks in Beauty"

by Sheila Griffin Llanas

What is beauty? Can it only be viewed in physical form, or can it be something deeper-an idea or feeling? Perhaps there is no better way to explore these questions of beauty than through poetry. Author Sheila...


Nature Poetry: "Make Me a Picture of the Sun"

by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Nature poetry discovers the deep connection between humanity and nature. Beyond describing the wild beauty found in nature, the poetry discusses nature's impact on humans and people's impact on nature. Author...


Death Poetry: "Death, Be Not Proud"

by Stephanie Buckwalter

Is death the end-or a new beginning? Should it be feared-or embraced? Or is it simply a ceasing to exist? What better way to examine this great unknown than through poetry. Author Stephanie Buckwalter explores...


Love Poetry: "How Do I Love Thee?"

by Paula Johanson

Humans express love in countless ways-through physical actions, emotional reactions, or heartfelt words. Capturing the perfect words to show a person's love can be challenging, yet poets have done it for hundreds...


The Making of a Writer

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Many of Joan Lowery Nixon’s readers have written to her to ask how they, too, can become published writers someday. This memoir, including anecdotes and advice, is her answer to them. From her first publication...


Mark Twain for Kids: His Life & Times, 21 Activities

by R. Kent Rasmussen

Nineteenth-century America and the world of Samuel L. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, come to life as children journey back in time with this history- and literature-laden activity book. The comprehensive...


Extraordinary African-American Poets

by Therese Neis

Do you know who the first published African-American poet is? Phillis Wheatley, a slave, published her most famous book of poetry in 1773, while traveling in England. Read about her life, and the lives of seven...


Celebrated African-American Novelists

by Amy Graham

Author Amy Graham explores the lives and literary works of nine influential writers in CELEBRATED AFRICAN-AMERICAN NOVELISTS. From Harriet Adams to Ernest Gaines and Alice Walker, each short biography ends with...


Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

by Marc Tyler Nobleman & Ross Macdonald

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two high school misfits in Depression-era Cleveland, were more like Clark Kent--meek, mild, and myopic--than his secret identity, Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of...


The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano

by Ann Cameron

Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography,...


Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

by Miranda Kenneally & E. Kristin Anderson

Dear Teen Me includes reflections and advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics,...


The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne

by Catherine Reef

After exploring the world of Jane Austen, Catherine Reef now turns her attention to the tragically short but utterly fascinating lives of the Brontë sisters--Charlotte (author of Jane Eyre), Emily (Wuthering...


Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats

by Gary Paulsen

Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do something, fix something, save the boat, save myself.

But what?

Gary Paulsen takes readers along on his maiden voyage, proving that ignorance can be...