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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Harvesting Hope
The Story of Cesar Chavez
School & Library      ISBN: 0152014373

Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.

Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.

An author's note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez's life.

Who Was Harriet Tubman
Who Was Harriet Tubman
Paperback      ISBN: 044842889x

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.

The Country Artist: A Story About Beatrix Potter
The Country Artist
A Story About Beatrix Potter
Paperback      ISBN: 0876145098

Tea with a hedgehog and supper with a rabbit? Beatrix Potter entertained guests that most people--certainly Beatrix Potter's proper Victorian parents--would have thought belonged in a meadow, not in a London nursery. Such unlikely companions were company for lonely Beatrix, and she spent much of her time sketching and making up stories about these small creatures. Beatrix was so well acquainted with the characters of her various animal friends that when she was older it seemed natural to write and illustrate small books about their delightful adventures. Generations of children all over the world have gotten to know and love Beatrix Potter's animal friends--Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Peter Rabbit, and many more. David Collins's lively text and Karen Ritz's striking illustrations combine to tell the wonderful tale of this gentle, creative woman who had a special feeling not only for animals, but also for children.

Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady of the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0140321039

Narrates the troubled childhood and youth of one of America's greatest and most loved public figures, her increasing involvement in public causes, and her internationally recognized accomplishments

Chingis Khan
Chingis Khan
by Demi
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805017089

A portrait of the Mongol leader and military strategist who, at the height of his power, was supreme master of the largest empire ever created in the lifetime of one man

DK Biography: John F. Kennedy: A Photographic Story of a Life
DK Biography: John F. Kennedy
A Photographic Story of a Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0756603404

Tells the story of an incredible leader and legend, John F. Kennedy.

In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
Knucklehead
Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
Paperback      ISBN: 067001138x

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.

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DK Biography: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life
DK Biography: Marie Curie
A Photographic Story of a Life
by DK
Paperback      ISBN: 0756638313
DK Biography: Marie Curie tells the story of the discoverer of radium, from her childhood in Warsaw, to her experiments with radioactivity in Paris, to her recognition as one of the preeminent scientists of her time.

Filled with archival photographs and amazing fact boxes, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story
Black Elk's Vision
A Lakota Story
Paperback      ISBN: 1419715283

Told from a Native American point of view, Black Elk's Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk--an Oglala Lakota medicine man who lived from 1863 to 1950--follows him from childhood through adulthood.

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains
Bad Girls
Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains
Paperback      ISBN: 1580891861

From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. "Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad"? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?

In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girl's badness--Heidi as the prosecution, Jane for context.

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Jane's strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guay's detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.