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  • Mary Cassattby Barbara Herkert; Gabi Swiatkowska

    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 2015; US$ 18.99

    Mary Cassatt was a headstrong, determined girl. She wanted to be an artist in 1860, a time when proper girls certainly weren't artists. It wasn't polite. But Mary herself wasn't polite. She pursued art with a passion, moving to Paris to study, painting what she saw. Her work was rejected by the Salon judges time and time again. One day, the great... more...

  • Phillis Sings Out Freedomby Ann Malaspina; Susan Keeler

    Albert Whitman & Company 2014; US$ 6.99

    In the fall of 1775, General George Washington was struggling to find a way to fight the British so that the colonies could be free from England. Phillis Wheatley, an African American poet who herself had struggled to gain freedom, decided to write Washington a poem of encouragement. Ann Malaspina?s inspiring story shows the life and times of these... more...

  • Barbed Wire Baseballby Marissa Moss; Yuko Shimizu

    Abrams 2016; US$ 9.95

    A true story set in a Japanese-American internment camp in World War II. As a young boy, Kenichi Zenimura (Zeni) wanted to be a baseball player, even though everyone told him he was too small. He grew up to become a successful athlete, playing with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Zeni and his family were... more...

  • Searching for Sarah Rectorby Tonya Bolden

    Abrams 2014; US$ 21.95

    † Sarah Rector was once famously hailed as the richest black girl in America.? Set against the backdrop of American history, her tale encompasses the creation of Indian Territory, the making of Oklahoma, and the establishment of black towns and oil-rich boomtowns. Rector acquired her fortune at the age of eleven. This is both her story and that... more...

  • Black Elk's Visionby S. D. Nelson

    Abrams 2014; US$ 15.54

    Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk?s Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. † From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill?s Wild West Show, this biographical... more...

  • Pure Gritby Mary Cronk Farrell

    Abrams 2014; US$ 24.95

    In the early 1940s, young women enlisted for peacetime duty as U.S. Army nurses. But when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in... more...

  • A Woman in the House (and Senate)by Ilene Cooper

    Abrams 2014; US$ 24.95

    For the first 128 years of our country?s history, not a single woman served in the Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed, however, in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congresseven before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women across the U.S. the right to vote. Beginning with the women?s... more...

  • Ballots for Belvaby Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Courtney A. Martin

    Abrams 2014; US$ 9.95

    A timely true tale for the 2008 presidential election † In 1884, when men were the only people allowed to vote in national elections, Belva Lockwood took a bold but legal step: She ran for president! Women did not have the same rights as men, but Belva went on undeterred?and she got votes! Her run for office was based on experience and... more...

  • Hot Pinkby Susan Goldman Rubin

    Abrams 2015; US$ 21.95

    Shocking pink?hot pink, as it is called today?was the signature color of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890?1973) and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century. Many design elements that are taken for granted today she created and brought to the forefront of fashion.... more...

  • Funny Bonesby Duncan Tonatiuh

    Abrams 2015; US$ 15.54

    Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras?skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities?came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Josť Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852?1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population... more...