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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...

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

by Elisabeth B. Leyson, Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson

“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers...

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton & Herman Viola

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first...

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

For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Baltimore, both named Wes Moore. One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder. The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran,...


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,...

Dear Benjamin Banneker

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the...

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century

by Carole Boston Weatherford & Raul Colon

A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.


Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have...

Who Was Charles Dickens?

by Pamela D. Pollack, Meg Belviso & Mark E Geyer

As a child, Charles Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory where his gritty surroundings inspired some of the most memorable characters and settings in literary history. Known for his masterful storytelling...

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....

Ray Charles: Young Musician

by Susan Sloate & Meryl Henderson

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

by Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell...

Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman

by Monica Kulling & Teresa Flavin

An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life--from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil...

Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri: A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities

by Setsu Broderick & Willamarie Moore

Packed with colorful illustrations and fun facts about Japanese culture, celebrations, language and history, this multicultural children's books will delight children and parents alike!

A wonderful look at Japanese...

Up Close: Rachel Carson

by Ellen Levine

Rachel Carson combined her love of science and writing in her award-winning and controversial book Silent Spring. Revealing the dangers of pesticide use, it brought readers a new awareness of humankind’s contamination...