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  • Hidden Girlby Shyima Hall; Lisa Wysocky

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2014; US$ 11.99

    An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery?and built a new life grounded in determination and justice. When Shyima Hall was eight years old, her impoverished parents sold her to pay a debt. Two years later, the wealthy family she was sold to moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled her with them.... more...

  • Out of Darknessby Russell Freedman; Kate Kiesler

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 7.39

    A biography of the 19th century Frenchman who developed Braille. The book spans Braille's life from childhood through his days at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth and into his final years, when the alphabet he invented was finally gaining acceptance. more...

  • A Writer's Storyby Marion Dane Bauer

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1995; US$ 6.33

    In a companion book to "What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction," award-winning novelist Marion Dane Bauer explores the conscious and unconscious ways in which her life experiences and emotions have influenced her writing. This vivid, personal account is a fascinating true story of inspiration, thought, research, and hours of... more...

  • The Cowgirl Wayby Holly George-Warren

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010; US$ 8.98

    The 1840s ushered in the beginning of the largest migration in US history. People in crowded Eastern cities and Missouri River towns were feeling the pull of the Western frontier. It was the dawn of a new era of expansion, and over the next few decades, the making of a new kind of pioneer. It was the birth of the cowgirl! Welcome to the world of... more...

  • The Warrior's Heartby Eric Greitens

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012; US$ 8.98

    Eric Greitens, New York Times best-selling author of The Heart and the Fist , shares his adventures as a young man that led him to a life of service as both a humantarian and a Navy SEAL in this inspirational book for young adults. more...

  • Dear Teen Meby Miranda Kenneally; E. Kristin Anderson

    Zest 2012; US$ 13.73

    Dear Teen Me includes reflections and advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find... more...

  • Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawingby Leonard S. Marcus; Randolph Caldecott

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2013; US$ 18.74

    Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people's experience of space and time,... more...

  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Artby Barb Rosenstock; Mary GrandPre

    Random House Children's Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    A Caldecott Honor Book Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers?like a proper artist.   But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds,... more...

  • The Making of a Writerby Joan Lowery Nixon

    Random House Children's Books 2013; US$ 5.50

    Joan Lowery Nixon is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young readers. Over the years, many of her readers have written to her to ask how they, too, can become published writers someday. From her first publication at age ten to her graduation from Hollywood High during World War II, this memoir, which includes advice as well as anecdotes,... more...

  • Linspiredby Mike Yorkey; Jesse Florea

    Zonderkidz 2013; US$ 5.24

    This updated biography of Jeremy Lin follows his career through ups and downs, Linsanity, the New York Knicks, to the Houston Rockets, and shows how through it all, Jeremy Lin was led by his unwavering faith. more...