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  • Ben Franklin's Almanacby Candace Fleming

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2014; US$ 21.99

    "What good shall I do today?" How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding... more...

  • Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxesby Jeanette Winter; Jeanette Winter

    Beach Lane Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    Children young and old will delight in the artistic splendor of this illustrated nonfiction tale from the author of Henri?s Scissors , which Booklist called an ?exemplary picture-book biography.? Joseph Cornell loved to draw and paint and collect things. With these drawings and paintings and collected treasures, he made marvelous shadowboxes?wonderlands... more...

  • Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Slaveryby Susan Kuklin

    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 2013; US$ 8.99

    In December of 1994, twelve-year-old Iqbal Masih was honored as a hero. Just two years earlier, he had been a slave, condemned to a lifetime of bonded labor in a Pakistani carpet factory. And five months later, he was dead, murdered in his homeland. Though he is gone, his actions inspired an international campaign of middle-school students and adults... more...

  • Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubmanby Monica Kulling; Teresa Flavin

    Random House Children's Books 2013; US$ 3.99

    An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life--from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America's greatest female role models. more...

  • Blessed James Alberioneby Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP

    Pauline Books and Media 2013; US$ 7.95

    Capturing his beginnings as a seminarian and his contributions as a pioneer of Catholic media and a founder of various congregations which make up the Pauline Family, this 32nd volume in the Encounter the Saints series familiarizes children ages 9?12 with the life story of Blessed James Alberione. With his guidance, children will be inspired to positively... more...

  • Martyredby Susan Tan

    Pauline Books and Media 2014; US$ 9.95

    This novelized account of the life of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, a married Chinese-Filipino layman, retraces the series of events that lead up to his violent martyrdom for his refusal to renounce his Catholic faith in 17th century feudal Japan. Themes include: martyrdom, persecution, and history. more...

  • Tiger of the Snowsby Robert Burleigh; Ed Young

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2014; US$ 16.99

    Growing up at the foot of Mount Everest, a Sherpa boy named Tenzing Norgay dreamed about one day being the first to climb the giant in his backyard. For years he practiced, carrying loads of rocks in his backpack to grow stronger, prowling the mountain's lower levels; later, carrying loads of equipment for other adventurers, but always, always, wanting... more...

  • The Story of Saint John Paul IIby Fabiola Garza

    Pauline Books and Media 2014; US$ 15.95

    Complete with audio, this lavishly illustrated biography for children ages 6?9 tells the captivating story of Saint John Paul II, revealing how his answer to the question ?Who do you love most?? blossomed into heroic virtue, holiness, and service to the Church and the world. more...

  • Leontyne Price: Voice of a Centuryby Carole Boston Weatherford; Raul Colon

    Random House Children's Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    "While Weatherford addresses the barriers Price faced, her love of music and the presence of those who supported her are deeply felt." ?Publishers Weekly  starred review, October 2014 "A true marriage of lyrical text and majestic illustrations, the book shines a much-needed spotlight on an important cultural figure." ?School Library Journal  starred... more...

  • Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)by Michaela Deprince; Elaine Deprince; Frank Morrison

    Random House Children's Books 2014; US$ 3.99

    Perfect for newly independent readers?the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America?s top ballerinas.   At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot... more...