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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...

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity in a hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.

Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?...


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...


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...


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...


Maya Angelou: A Biography of an Award-Winning Poet and Civil Rights Activist

by Donna Brown Agins

From the child raised by her grandmother in a small village in Arkansas to the writer known as National Treasure, Angelou has lived a remarkable life. She rose from pain and poverty to achieve success as a dancer,...


Toni Morrison: A Biography of a Nobel Prize-Winning Writer

by Barbara Kramer

In TONI MORRISON: A BIOGRAPHY OF A NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING WRITER, author Barbara Kramer explores the life and career of this talented writer. From her childhood in Loraine, Ohio, to her creative expressions of...


Walter Dean Myers: A Biography of an Award-Winning Urban Fiction Author

by Denise M. Jordan

Walter Dean Myers tells it like it is in his award-winning novels about urban teenagers with real problems. With humor and a keen ear for dialogue, Myers creates characters that speak directly to today's teens....


Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?

by April Jones Prince & Nancy Harrison

A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has...


Looking Back: A Book of Memories

by Lois Lowry

"I would like to introduce you to this book. It has no plot. It is about moments, memories, fragments, falsehoods, and fantasies. It is about things that happened, which caused other things to happen, so that...


The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey

by Louise W. Borden & Allan Drummond

In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few...


Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey

by Daniel Keyes

In Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his...