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  • Jim Thorpe, Original All-Americanby Joseph Bruchac

    Penguin Young Readers Group 2008; US$ 8.99

    Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, Major League Baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track & field. But his life wasn?t an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he encountered much family tragedy, and was sent as a young boy to various Indian boarding schools?strict, cold... more...

  • Charles and Emmaby Deborah Heiligman

    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 2009; US$ 10.99

    Discussion Questions 1. What does it say about Charles's character that he made a pro/con list to decide whether he should get married or not? 2. What effect do you think that fact Dr. Darwin allowed his children freedom of thought regarding religion had on Charles's professional life? 3. Do you agree with Dr. Darwin's marital advice to his son?... more...

  • Leaving Glorytownby Eduardo F. Calcines

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2009; US$ 19.99

    Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro's Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed for his family and his country. When he was ten, his family applied for an exit visa to emigrate to America and he was ridiculed by his schoolmates and even his teachers for being a traitor to... more...

  • Modelby Cheryl Diamond

    Simon Pulse 2008; US$ 9.99

    Every year, hundreds of the most beautiful people in the world come to New York to become models. At age fourteen, Cheryl Diamond was one of them. Living on her own in a run-down apartment, Cheryl spent her days on go-sees, runways, and shoots, surviving hand-to-mouth, while taking in everything she could about the tough and sleazy modeling industry.... more...

  • How Angel Peterson Got His Nameby Gary Paulsen

    Random House Children's Books 2008; US$ 6.99

    WHEN YOU GROW up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt: ? Shooting waterfalls in a barrel ? The first skateboarding ? Breaking the world record for speed on skis by being towed behind a souped-up car, and then .... more...

  • Freedom's Childrenby Ellen S. Levine

    Penguin Young Readers Group 2000; US$ 7.99

    In this inspiring collection of true stories, thirty African-Americans who were children or teenagers in the 1950s and 1960s talk about what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South-to sit in an all-white restaurant and demand to be served, to refuse to give up a seat at the front of the bus, to be among the first to integrate the public... more...

  • Who Was Amelia Earhart?by Kate Boehm Jerome; Nancy Harrison; David Cain

    Penguin Young Readers Group 2002; US$ 5.99

    Amelia Earhart was a woman of many "firsts." In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, readers will find Amelia Earhart's life a fascinating story. 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...

  • The Kidnapped Princeby Ann Cameron

    Random House Children's Books 2010; US$ 5.99

    Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time. Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original.... more...

  • Jacky Daydreamby Jacqueline Wilson; Nick Sharratt

    RHCP 2008; US$ 11.18

    Lots of Jacqueline Wilson's characters are well-known and well-loved by thousands of readers: Hetty Feather, Ruby and Garnet, Pearl and Jodie, Elsa, Lily and, of course, the brilliant Tracy Beaker! But how much do you know about Jacqueline herself? Jacqueline takes a look back at her own childhood and teenage years in this captivating story... more...