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  • Being Teddy Rooseveltby Claudia Mills; R. W. Alley

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2007; US$ 7.99

    Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can't afford to rent him a sax, and he's sure he'll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt's... more...

  • Beware, Princess Elizabethby Carolyn Meyer

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2002; US$ 6.99

    Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure? Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in... more...

  • A Boy Called Dickensby Deborah Hopkinson; John Hendrix

    Random House Children's Books 2012; US$ 17.99

    For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of... more...

  • Cleopatra Confessesby Carolyn Meyer

    Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books 2011; US$ 11.99

    Meet teenage Cleopatra in this first-person account of history that captures ?sibling rivalry at its most vicious? ( Publishers Weekly ). It is the first century B.C., an ancient time of everpresent drama and danger. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh?s six children, is whom her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy... more...

  • Finding Katieby Beatrice Sparks

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 6.99

    This appealing teen read tells the story of Katie, a teen from an abused home, and her journey through foster care. Katie is always surrounded by wealth, but feels terribly alone because of the secret horror of her angry, abusive father. When she's thrown out of her house and put into foster care, it seems like the end of the world. But as she moves... more...

  • Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Childrenby Mary Ellen Ellsworth

    Albert Whitman & Company 2013; US$ 5.99

    In this biography, readers will learn about Gertrude Chandler Warner?s childhood living across the street from the railroad tracks, her bouts with poor health, and her rewarding teaching career. Most importantly, they will learn about her earliest attempts at writing and her inspiration for  The Boxcar Children . more...

  • I Have Lived a Thousand Yearsby Livia Bitton-Jackson

    Simon Pulse 2011; US$ 7.99

    What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. It wasn?t long ago that Elli led... more...

  • Iqbalby Francesco D'Adamo; Ann Leonori

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2010; US$ 6.99

    When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and... more...

  • Itamar makes Friendsby Josh Hasten

    Gefen Publishing House 2011; US$ 9.99

    Eight year old Itamar lives on a yishuv, small villiage in Israel. He loves to milk goats, shear sheep, and most of all to play soccer. When he goes to visit his cousins in the big city, he meets boys who are totally different from him- or are they? more...

  • Janusz Korczak's Childrenby Gloria Spielman; Matthew Archambault

    Kar-Ben Publishing 2014; US$ 6.99

    In the years between World War I and World War II, young Henryk Goldszmidt dreamed of creating a better world for children. As an adult, using the pen name Janusz Korczak, he became a writer, doctor, and an enlightened leader in the field of education, unaware to what use his skills were destined to be put. Dr. Korczak established a Jewish orphanage... more...