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Zebulon Pike: Courageous Rocky Mountain Explorer

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

After the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the young nation needed brave pioneers to explore this vast uncharted land. Zebulon Pike, a young frontier soldier, welcomed the challenge....


Kit Carson: Courageous Mountain Man

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

As winter strangled the wilderness, John C. Frémont needed to get his expedition party to California. Facing sub-zero temperatures, meager food supplies, and American Indian warriors on their trail, the explorer...


Calamity Jane: Courageous Wild West Woman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

What was Calamity Jane's real name? Was she a horse thief and a preacher's daughter? Did she actually serve under General George Custer? The truth and myth are difficult to separate in the wild life of Calamity...


John C. Frémont: Courageous Pathfinder of the Wild West

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Appropriately nicknamed "the Pathfinder," John C. Frémont blazed many trails across the Wild West. Frémont carved paths over the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains. He led expeditions through uncharted wilderness...


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...


Daniel Boone: Courageous Frontiersman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Through the untamed wilderness, Daniel Boone marched forward. He was leading a group of workers to carve out the Wilderness Road. Over hills, through dense forests, along stony paths, and fending off American...


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...


The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

by Neal Bascomb

A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked...


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

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

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon)...


The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

by Jennifer Armstrong & Albert Lorenz

Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a...


The Word Snoop

by Ursula Dubosarsky & Tohby Riddle

Meet the Word Snoop. She's dashing and daring and witty as can be-and no one knows more about the evolution of the English language than she does. Luckily, she's spilling her secrets in this gem of a book. From...


Thanks to My Mother

by Schoschana Rabinovici

Susie Weksler was only eight when Hitler's forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Over the next few years, she endured starvation, brutality, and forced labor in three concentration camps. With courage...


What Kind of War Was It, Anyhow?

by Nancy Ekberg

In the summer of 1862, Jeremy, a Southern boy, becomes aware that a war is going on. But what kind of war was it? He begins his investigation by asking the people around him. His father explains to him that...