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Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

by Adeline Yen Mah

A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns...


Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide

by Nawuth Keat & Martha Kendall

Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about what happened...


Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

by Mawi Asgedom

Now in a paperback edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's...


Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.

by James T. De Kay

Illus. with black-and-white photos. This revised edition of the popular Random House Step Up(TM) Biography of the great civil-rights leader and advocate for peaceful resistance now includes new text and additional...


Discovering Wes Moore

by Wes Moore

WES MOORE, a U.S. Army combat veteran, has created and is the host of Coming Back with Wes Moore, which will air on PBS starting in May. In three moving episodes, Moore follows the lives of soldiers as they...


Dove

by Robin L. Graham

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter...


Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till

by Simeon Wright & Herb Boyd

A modern tragedy, this story has had a great impact on race relations in America. Emmett Till's kidnapping and murder, a grotesque crime in a Southern backwater that became the catalyst for the civil rights...


On the Court with ... Kobe Bryant

by Matt Christopher

Kobe Bryant may be one of the youngest basketball players in the NBA, but no one would dare call him inexperienced. The son of Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, a former NBA player and star of various European teams,...


The Life of Paul Robeson: Actor, Singer, Political Activist

by David K. Wright

Paul Robeson, born 1898, was a two-time All-American football player and a law-school graduate in an era that offered few opportunities for African-Americans. He went on to win international acclaim as a singer...


The Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Portrait of a Poet

by Catherine Reef

"I know why the caged bird sings," wrote Paul Laurence Dunbar in "Sympathy," one of his best-loved poems. Author Catherine Reef paints a rich and memorable portrait of the first African American to earn his...


The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Leader for Civil Rights

by Michael A. Schuman

"So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream..." These now famous words were spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the March on Washington in 1963. The many historic...


The Life of Louis Armstrong: King of Jazz

by Wendie C. Old

"Music has been in my blood from the day I was born," said Louis Armstrong. Author Wendie C. Old weaves a rich, colorful tapestry of the life of this beloved and brilliant musician known to his fans as Satchmo....


The Life of Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Underground Railroad

by Anne Schraff

Sorting myth from truth in this amazing tale of courage and heroism, Anne Schraff breathes new life into the story of the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. "I grew up like a neglected weed-ignorant...


The Life of Frederick Douglass: Speaking Out Against Slavery

by Anne Schraff

Despite being a slave, Douglass learned to read and write. At age 21, he escaped from slavery and forged a new life for himself as a free man. Intelligent and charismatic, Douglass became the leading voice against...


The Life of Carter G. Woodson: Father of African-American History

by Robert F. Durden

Carter G. Woodson, born just ten years after the Civil War ended, grew up in the lingering shadow of slavery. The son of former slaves, Woodson became the first scholar of African-American history, creating...


Making it Home: The Story of Catharine Parr Traill

by Lynn Westerhout

As a pioneer in Canada in the early 1800s, Parr Traill was one of the first writers to record the Ontario wilderness in detail, and her stories for young people became part of a new focus on young people. This...


Working for Freedom: The Story of Josiah Henson

by Rona Arato

By the time he was six, Josiah Henson had been sold three times. At nine, he was beaten by his family's owner for trying to learn to read. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage....


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Chris Rock: A Biography of a Comic Genius

by Marty Gitlin

When Chris Rock steps on stage, he destroys the targets of his jokes. When he finishes his performance, the audience needs time to catch its breath. The laughter never stops! Chris Rock pulls no punches. He...


Tyler Perry: A Biography of a Movie Mogul

by Marty Gitlin

Tyler Perry's path to success was anything but easy. His childhood was marred by constant abuse-physical and emotional. To escape from the pain, Perry found an outlet in writing. But the first play he wrote...