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  • Umar Ibn Al-Khattabby Tarik Unal

    Tughra Books 2013; US$ 6.99

    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...

  • The Mad Potterby Jan Greenberg; Sandra Jordan

    Roaring Brook Press 2013; US$ 18.99

    When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was! Born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi, George grew up to the sounds of the civil war and political unrest. When he was 22, his boyhood friend introduced him to the pottery... more...

  • Malcolm Littleby Ilyasah Shabazz; AG Ford

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2014; US$ 17.99

    Malcolm X grew to be one of America?s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice. Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader. But when confronted with... more...

  • 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...

  • The Cowgirl Wayby Holly George-Warren

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010; US$ 9.99

    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$ 9.99

    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...

  • Out of Darknessby Russell Freedman; Kate Kiesler

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 7.95

    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$ 6.95

    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...

  • Dear Teen Meby Miranda Kenneally; E. Kristin Anderson

    Zest 2012; US$ 14.99

    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$ 25.99

    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...