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  • Umar Ibn Al-Khattabby Tarik Unal

    Tughra Books 2013; US$ 5.99

    Umar was the second of the four ?rightly guided? caliphs. At first, he railed against the new Islam religion until he read parts of the Qu?ran. He was instantly impressed and became a believer. Umar is credited for establishing most of the major political institutions of the Muslim state and stabilizing the rapidly expanding Arab empire. more...

  • Tweakby Nic Sheff

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2009; US$ 10.99

    Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince... more...

  • When Bob Met Woodyby Gary Golio; Marc Burckhardt

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2011; US$ 9.99

    "Hey hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song..." When Bob finished, Woody's face lit up like the sun. Bob Dylan is a musical icon, an American legend, and, quite simply, a poet. But before he became Bob Dylan, he was Bob Zimmerman, a kid from rural Minnesota. This lyrical and gorgeously illustrated picture book biography follows Bob as he... more...

  • Who Was Thomas Jefferson?by Dennis Brindell Fradin; Nancy Harrison; John O'Brien

    Penguin Group US 2003; US$ 4.99

    Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly... more...

  • Farewell to Manzanarby James D. Houston; James A. Houston; Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2002; US$ 16.00

    During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only... more...

  • Chinese Cinderellaby Adeline Yen Mah

    Random House Children's Books 2009; US$ 8.99

    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 to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful... more...

  • U.S. Presidentsby Ken Jennings; Mike Lowery

    Little Simon 2014; Not Available

    Become a presidential pro with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings. With this book about U.S. Presidents, you?ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday? Or that Jefferson introduced... more...

  • Lincolnby Russell Freedman

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1989; US$ 11.99

    A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president. Winner of the 1988 Newbery Medal. more...

  • Who Was Walt Disney?by Whitney Stewart; Nancy Harrison

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 4.99

    Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pictures with tar on the side of his family?s white house. His family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small-town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world. With black-and-white... more...

  • King of the Mild Frontierby Chris Crutcher

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    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 surgery? How to avoid cow-pies during your baptism? How to survive in the winter wilderness with only... more...