Children's History / U. S. / 20th Century
All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
All That Trash
The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
School & Library      ISBN: 1481477528
An ALA Notable Book

"The year was 1987 and a ship full of trash was about to become famous...The narrative is immensely readable...A fresh take on a story of old garbage guaranteed to spark conversations and a desire for actions among students. Highly recommended." --School Library Journal (starred review)

A garbage barge that can't find a place to welcome it sparks a recycling movement in the United States in this smart and smelly picture book from the author of Earmuffs for Everyone.

Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into methane gas so he rented a barge called Morbo 4000. His plan was to ship the garbage from New York to North Carolina, but as the barge floated down the coast, no state would let him dock because of smelly waste on board The barge became a mockery and the butt of many jokes in the media. What started as an attempted business venture turned into quite the predicament for Mr. Harrelson.

Mobro 4000 roamed the seas for forty-five days and traveled a distance of 6,000 miles. While awaiting its fate, the trash floated in New York's harbor, garnering much attention by onlookers. Green Peace activists put up a large banner across the barge that read, "NEXT TIME...TRY RECYCLING."

Even though the garbage barge was a farce, the unintended consequence inspired America to find a new way to deal with its trash.
Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II
Code Girls
The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II
Paperback      ISBN: 0316353779
In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the amazing true story of the young American women who cracked German and Japanese military codes during World War II.

More than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II, recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to the nation's capital to learn the top secret art of code breaking.

Through their work, the "code girls" helped save countless lives and were vital in ending the war. But due to the top secret nature of their accomplishments, these women have never been able to talk about their story--until now.

Through dazzling research and countless interviews with the surviving code girls, Liza Mundy brings their story to life with zeal, grace, and passion. Abridged and adapted for a middle grade audience, Code Girls brings this important story to young readers for the first time, showcasing this vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Separate Is Never Equal
Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419710540
Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the Mendez family fought to end segregation in California schools. Discover their incredible story in this picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh

A Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book and Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

When her family moved to the town of Westminster, California, young Sylvia Mendez was excited about enrolling in her neighborhood school. But she and her brothers were turned away and told they had to attend the Mexican school instead. Sylvia could not understand why--she was an American citizen who spoke perfect English. Why were the children of Mexican families forced to attend a separate school? Unable to get a satisfactory answer from the school board, the Mendez family decided to take matters into its own hands and organize a lawsuit.

In the end, the Mendez family's efforts helped bring an end to segregated schooling in California in 1947, seven years before the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation in schools across America.

Using his signature illustration style and incorporating his interviews with Sylvia Mendez, as well as information from court files and news accounts, award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the inspiring story of the Mendez family's fight for justice and equality.
Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
Unstoppable
How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
Library      ISBN: 154350406x

In the autumn of 1912, the football team from Carlisle Indian Industrial School took the field at the U.S. Military Academy, home to the bigger, stronger, and better-equipped West Points Cadets. Sportswriters billed the game as a sort of rematch, pitting against each other the descendants of U.S. soldiers and American Indians who fought on the battlefield only 20 years earlier. But for lightning-fast Jim Thorpe and the other Carlisle players, that day's game was about skill, strategy, and determination. Known for unusual formations and innovative plays, the Carlisle squad was out to prove just one thing -- that it was the best football team in all the land.

What Was Stonewall?
What Was Stonewall?
Hardcover      ISBN: 1524786020
How did a spontaneous protest outside of a New York City bar fifty years ago spark a social movement across America? Find out about the history of LGBTQ rights in this Who HQ title.

In the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, police arrived at the Stonewall Inn's doors and yelled, Police We're taking the place But the people in this New York City neighborhood bar, members of the LGBTQ community, were tired of being harassed. They rebelled in the streets, turning one moment into a civil rights movement and launching the fight for equality among LGBTQ people in the United States.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
One Last Word
Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Paperback      ISBN: 1681196026

One Last Word is the work of a master poet. - Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover

From the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes an emotional, special new collection of poetry inspired by the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most exciting African-American illustrators.

Inspired by the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses The Golden Shovel poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of master poets like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jean Toomer, and others who enriched history during this era.

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today's most exciting African American illustrators--including Pat Cummings, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, and many more--to create an emotional and thought-provoking book with timely themes for today's readers.

A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well.

A 2017 New York Public Library Best Kids Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017, Middle Grade
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017, Nonfiction
Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets
Stonewall Riots
Coming Out in the Streets
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419737201

This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Amelia Earhart: Flying Solo
Amelia Earhart
Flying Solo
Paperback      ISBN: 0760354383
It was the golden age of aviation, and one woman was determined to conquer the skies like no one ever had before. Amelia Earhart is the incredible story of one of the best aviators the world ever saw.

One of the most famous aviators of all time, Amelia Earhart took the golden age of flying by storm Taking her first flight lesson in 1920, Earhart would go on to set the world altitude record, be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone, and many more feats. Who knows what she could have accomplished if not for her mysterious disappearance while attempting to fly around the entire world in 1937.

Amelia Earhart is more than just the incredible history of the aviator, it also includes loads of specially commissioned features, including a comprehensive map, a view of the wide cast of characters, a timeline, and bibliography. As if that weren't enough, it is written especially for young adult readers. You will love the full color illustrations and fascinating sidebars about Earhart's story. Perfect for any kid interested in flying, or strong, important women in history
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson
Nothing but Trouble
The Story of Althea Gibson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375834087

ALTHEA IS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete - and to proving that she's more than just trouble.
Althea Gibson, born in 1927, was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman.

I Have a Dream
I Have a Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 059020517x

On August 28 1963, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech that moved and inspired America. Now, over 40 years later, his urgent message continues to lead us, like a beacon of light, closer to the realisation of this dream, racial harmony the world over.