• Albert Einstein
    History's All-stars
    Hammontree, Marie
    Albert Einstein
    History's All-stars
    Hammontree, Marie
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: December 30, 2014
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Before Albert Einstein was an internationally renowned genius, he was a kid—learn all about his childhood and what makes him an all-star in American history! Albert Einstein is a household name synonymous with genius around the world. His work unlocked mysteries of the universe and also impacted everyday conveniences like remote controls and televisions. And while most are familiar with Einstein’s adult wisdom (and wild hair), do you know what he was like as a child? From his passion for music—he played both the violin and the piano—to his early curiosity for understanding the mysteries of science, in this narrative biography you’ll learn all about Albert Einstein’s childhood and the influences that shaped the life of a remarkable man.… More
  • Alive in the Killing Fields : Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide
    Keat, Nawuth, Kendall, Martha
    eBook
    Publisher: Random House Digital Dist
    Published: October 13, 2009
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about what happened to his people and his country will spare future generations from similar tragedy. In this captivating memoir, a young Nawuth defies the odds and survives the invasion of his homeland by the Khmer Rouge. Under the brutal reign of the dictator Pol Pot, he loses his parents, young sister, and other members of his family. After his hometown of Salatrave was overrun, Nawuth and his remaining relatives are eventually captured and enslaved by Khmer Rouge fighters. They endure physical abuse, hunger, and inhumane living conditions. But through it all, their sense of family holds them together, giving them the strength to persevere through a time when any assertion of identity is punishable by death. Nawuth’s story of survival and escape from the Killing Fields of Cambodia is also a message of hope; an inspiration to children whose worlds have been darkened by hardship and separation from loved ones. This story provides a timeless lesson in the value of human dignity and freedom for readers of all ages.… More
  • Andrew Jackson : Young Patriot
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Stanley, George Edward
    Andrew Jackson : Young Patriot
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Stanley, George Edward
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: May 11, 2010
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    Dear Reader: The Childhood of Famous Americans series, seventy years old in 2002, chronicles the early years of famous American men and women in an accessible manner. Each book is faithful in spirit to the values and experiences that influenced the person's development. History is fleshed out with fictionalized details, and conversations have been added to make the stories come alive to today's reader, but every reasonable effort has been made to make the stories consistent with the events, ethics, and character of their subjects. These books reaffirm the importance of our American heritage. We hope you learn to love the heroes and heroines who helped shape this great country. And by doing so, we hope you also develop a lasting love for the nation that gave them the opportunity to make their dreams come true. It will do the same for you. Happy Reading! The Editors… More
  • Anne Frank in the Secret Annex : Who Was Who?
    House, Anne Frank
    eBook
    Publisher: Open Road Media
    Published: January 12, 2016
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-14, Nonfiction, History, Biography & Memoir
    This detailed account of the Amsterdam annex where Anne Frank wrote her diary includes the stories of those who helped her and those who hid with her. For two years during the Second World War, young, Jewish Anne Frank lived in hiding from the Nazis. Everything she experienced, thought, and felt, she confided in her diary. She was just as frank in her descriptions of the seven other people in the Annex and of the five helpers who endangered their own lives to look after them. Years later, Anne Frank’s diary became world famous. The Secret Annex was so well set up that the hiders survived there for over two years. Who were these people, how did they meet, and what happened to them?   This book shows the background and organization of the Annex and the personal stories of all involved, as well as their relationships and their fates. It also offers many never-before-published photographs. The result is an extraordinary group portrait that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned.… More
  • Babe Ruth
    Great Americans in Sports
    Christopher, Matt
    Babe Ruth
    Great Americans in Sports
    Christopher, Matt
    eBook
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
    Published: September 1, 2015
    Categories: Children, 9-13, Nonfiction, Sports, Biography & Memoir
    "This entry in a brand new line of sports biographies from Matt Christopher takes readers onto the plate with a baseball legend Babe Ruth was baseball's first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and smart outfielder who made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport came through in his playfulness on the field and drive to win, but Babe had to overcome a lot of obstacles in order to become the greatest. This comprehensive biography - with bonus photos and infographics - tells the story behind the legend"--… More
  • Bad Boy : A Memoir
    Myers, Walter Dean
    Bad Boy : A Memoir
    Myers, Walter Dean
    eBook
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Published: October 6, 2009
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    In a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable, New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers travels back to his roots in the magical world of Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Here is the story of one of the most distinguished writers of young people's literature today. As a boy, Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously—he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer. But while growing up in a poor family in Harlem, his hope for a successful future diminished as he came to realize fully the class and racial struggles that surrounded him. He began to doubt himself and the values that he had always relied on, attending high school less and less, turning to the streets and to his books for comfort. Supports the Common Core State Standards. … More
  • Balcony on the Moon : Coming of Age in Palestine
    Barakat, Ibtisam
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: October 25, 2016
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-17, Nonfiction, Political Science, Biography & Memoir, Parenting & Family
    Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. A Junior Library Guild SelectionA Palestine Book Award Shortlist SelectionA VOYA Nonfiction Honor Roll SelectionA Skipping Stones Honor BookAn Arab-American National Museum Honor BookA Bank Street College of Education Best BookAn American Library Association/Amelia Bloomer Project Top Ten BookA Notable Book for a Global SocietyA News & Observer Newspaper's Wilde Best Book Award WinnerA Middle East Book Award Honorable MentionIn this follow-up to Tasting the Sky, a young Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area.A Margaret Ferguson Book… More
  • Barack Obama : Our 44th President
    A Real-life Story
    Gormley, Beatrice
    Barack Obama : Our 44th President
    A Real-life Story
    Gormley, Beatrice
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: September 8, 2015
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    Right on time for election season comes an updated biography of our 44th President—written just for kids! President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 energized the United States and the world. And though the last few years haven’t been easy, this president has spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles. President Barack Obama’s early involvement with politics was inspired by his mother’s interest in the controversial social issues of her times—a passion that she passed on to her son. As the first African America editor of the Harvard Law Review , the first African American presidential nominee of a major political party, and eventually the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama has consistently shattered barriers—barriers that some people thought could never be overcome. However, President Obama’s life has had its challenges. Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, Barack grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, where he faced discrimination and struggles with his own racial identity. Despite these obstacles, Barack persevered and had a successful political career even before his historic win in the 2008 presidential election. Containing vital and current information, this biography will bring you up to date with all the latest from the Oval Office, and much more!… More
  • Barack Obama : Our 44th President
    Gormley, Beatrice
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: March 6, 2012
    Categories: Children, 8-10, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    Right on time for election season comes an updated biography of our 44th President—written just for kids! President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 energized the United States and the world. And though the last few years haven’t been easy, this president has spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles.      President Barack Obama’s early involvement with politics was inspired by his mother’s interest in the controversial social issues of her times—a passion that she passed on to her son. As the first African America editor of the Harvard Law Review , the first African American presidential nominee of a major political party, and eventually the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama has consistently shattered barriers—barriers that some people thought could never be overcome.      However, President Obama’s life has had its challenges. Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, Barack grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, where he faced discrimination and struggles with his own racial identity. Despite these obstacles, Barack persevered and had a successful political career even before his historic win in the 2008 presidential election.      Containing vital and current information, this biography will bring you up to date with all the latest from the Oval Office, and much more!… More
  • Betsy Ross
    History's All-stars
    Weil, Ann
    Betsy Ross
    History's All-stars
    Weil, Ann
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: August 12, 2014
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Explore the childhood of Betsy Ross and find out why she’s an all-star in American history! Betsy Ross is remembered as the maker of the first American flag, which was secretly presented to General George Washington in Philadelphia in 1776. But what was she like as a kid? In this narrative biography, you’ll learn all about the childhood of Betsy Ross—from her birth on January 1, 1752, as the eighth of seventeen children, to her Quaker upbringing, to her growing love for sewing and apprenticeship to an upholsterer. Discover how and why Betsy began making flags—and some surprising info about her legendary contribution to America.… More
  • Boy on the Wooden Box : How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
    Leyson, Leon, Harran, Marilyn J., Leyson, Elisabeth B., Leyson, Elisabeth B
    Boy on the Wooden Box : How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
    Leyson, Leon, Harran, Marilyn J., Leyson, Elisabeth B., Leyson, Elisabeth B
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: August 27, 2013
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Judaism, Biography & Memoir, History
    In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List. This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.… More
  • Boys Who Rocked the World : Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee
    McCann, Michelle Roehm
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: October 30, 2012
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, History
    Meet young men with grand goals in these profiles of forty-six movers and shakers who made their mark before they turned twenty. This engaging and thought-provoking collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent male role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. This updated and expanded edition of Boys Who Rocked the World encompases a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Steve Jobs to Crazy Horse and Stephen King—each with his own incredible story of how he created life-changing opportunities for himself and the world. Personal aspirations from today’s young men are interspersed throughout the book, which also includes profiles of teenagers who are rocking the world right now—boys like John Collinson, the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits, and Alec Loorz, who founded the nonprofit organization Kids vs. Global Warming.      It’s never too soon to start making a difference, and this empowering collection of accomplished young men makes for ideal motivation.… More
  • Bravo! : Poemas sobre Hispanos Extraordinarios
    Engle, Margarita
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: March 14, 2017
    Categories: Children, 7-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Poemas de latinos increíbles.Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Félix Varela, George Meléndez, José Martí, Juan de Miralles, Juana Briones, Julia de Burgos, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Paulina Pedroso, Pura Belpré, Roberto Clemente, Tito Puente, Ynes Mexia, Tomás Rivera… More
  • Brazen : Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
    Bagieu, Pénélope
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: March 6, 2018
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-17, Nonfiction, History, Biography & Memoir
    Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.This title has Common Core connections.… More
  • Cesar Chavez : A Hero for Everyone
    Milestone
    Soto, Gary
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: June 25, 2008
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    ¡Viva la causa! ¡Viva César Chávez! Up and down the San Joaquin Valley of California, and across the country, people chanted these words. Cesar Chavez, a migrant worker himself, was helping Mexican Americans work together for better wages, for better working conditions, for better lives. No one thought they could win against the rich and powerful growers. But Cesar was out to prove them wrong -- and that he did.… More
  • Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice
    Hoose, Phillip
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: January 20, 2009
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Life Strategies, Biography & Memoir
    "When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle , the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history. Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. … More
  • Daisy and the Girl Scouts : The Story of Juliette Gordon Low
    Brown, Fern
    eBook
    Publisher: Open Road Media
    Published: May 6, 2014
    Categories: Children, 8-11, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    In this fascinating biography of Juliette Gordon Low, who loved to be called Daisy, readers will learn about her Civil War childhood, her almost complete hearing loss, and her unhappy married life. Most importantly, they will learn about the sense of purpose that drove Juliette Low to found the Girl Scouts of the United States of America—an organization that helped break down cultural restrictions placed on young girls living in the early 1900s. … More
  • Day the President Was Shot : The Secret Service, the FBI, a Would-be Killer, and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan
    O'Reilly, Bill
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: June 21, 2016
    Categories: Children, 9-13, Nonfiction, History, Biography & Memoir
    The year was 1981. Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot after leaving a speaking engagement in Washington, D. C. The quick action of the Secret Service and medical professionals saved the president's life. Mere days after his near-death experience, Reagan's personal strength propelled him back into his presidential duties. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing Reagan, with characteristically gripping storytelling, this story explores the events of the day Reagan was shot. From the scene of the shooting and the dramatic action of the Secret Service, to the FBI's interrogation of the shooter, the life-saving measures of the medical professionals and the president's extraordinary recovery, this is a page-turning account of an attempted assassination and its aftermath.This title has Common Core connections.… More
  • Dear Bully : Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
    Hall, Megan Kelley, Jones, Carrie
    Dear Bully : Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
    Hall, Megan Kelley, Jones, Carrie
    eBook
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Published: September 6, 2011
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Life Strategies
    You are not alone Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the ?funny guy? into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today?s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying?as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators?in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal. … More
  • Diana, Princess of Wales : Young Royalty
    Childhood of World Figures
    Gormley, Beatrice
    Diana, Princess of Wales : Young Royalty
    Childhood of World Figures
    Gormley, Beatrice
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: May 11, 2010
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Family & Relationships, Biography & Memoir
    Diana Spencer grew up to be the princess of Wales. But when she was a little girl, she did not dream she would become a princess. When she was still quite young, her older sisters went off to boarding school and her parents decided to live apart. This was very difficult for sensitive Diana, and her self-esteem began to suffer. Things were not helped when she began feeling inferior to not only an accomplished older sister, but also her clever younger brother. Diana was a good athlete and was gifted at connecting with other people. Still, she struggled to find her place in the world. Diana thought marrying the prince of Wales would make everything okay in her life. Joining the royal family did bring her some happiness, but in other ways it brought her tremendous pain. Read about the little girl who struggled to find herself and became one of the most famous and beloved women in history.… More
  • Dollmakers and Their Stories : Women Who Changed the World of Play
    Goddu, Krystyna Poray
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: October 1, 2004
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    "Dolls are not a luxury. They are as necessary to a child's life as a loaf of bread . . . What a doll does for a little girl is develop her capacity to love others and herself." -Madame Alexander A wonderful offering for young doll enthusiasts and women's history buffs alike This fascinating book tells the stories of courageous dollmakers, all of whom were-and continue to be-filled with passion, vision, and determination. They are the unsung heroines behind some of the most important dolls of the last hundred years-such as Barbie (Ruth Handler) and Madame Alexander's collection (Beatrice Alexander). Entrepreneurs and feminists of their time, these strong women displayed both creative genius and astute business acumen, serving as excellent role models for today's young female readers. … More
  • Dr. Seuss : Young Author and Artist
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Kudlinski, Kathleen V.
    Dr. Seuss : Young Author and Artist
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Kudlinski, Kathleen V.
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: May 11, 2010
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, United States History, Biography & Memoir
    Provides an in-depth review of the life and accomplishments of this multi-talented man who revolutionized children’s literature, becoming famous for his many wonderful and celebrated children’s tales, such as Cat in the Hat and And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Original.… More
  • El Cerrador : Edición Juvenil
    Rivera, Mariano
    eBook
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
    Published: February 16, 2016
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Sports, Biography & Memoir
    "Mariano Rivera never dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. He didn't grow up collecting baseball cards, playing Little League, or cheering on his home team at the World Series. He had never heard of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, or Mickey Mantle. One day, that all changed. From a childhood playing pickup games in Panama to an epic career with the New York Yankees, Mariano's rise to greatness has been anything but ordinary. He's the guy on the mound who doesn't hear the crowd, just the soundof the ump calling, Strike! The teammate you can rely on, even when the bases are loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Whether you know him as Mo or as the Sandman, Mariano is The Closer, and this is his story. Full of tips for young athletes and tales from the Yankee clubhouse, The Closer (Young Readers Edition) is an inspiring story of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication that have defined the life of a baseball legend"--… More
  • Eyes of the World : Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
    Budhos, Marina, Aronson, Marc
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: March 28, 2017
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-17, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, History, Travel
    The authors of Sugar Changed the World present a narrative account of the heroic achievements of photojournalism pioneers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, describing how as young Jewish refugees they took powerful photographs throughout the Spanish Civil War to witness the tragedies and document the fight against Fascism. Simultaneous eBook.… More
  • Facing the Lion : Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
    Lekuton, Joseph Lemasolai, Viola, Herman J.
    Facing the Lion : Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
    Lekuton, Joseph Lemasolai, Viola, Herman J.
    eBook
    Publisher: Random House Digital Dist
    Published: September 30, 2009
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton's riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.… More
  • Flying to the Moon
    Collins, Michael
    Flying to the Moon
    Collins, Michael
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: April 1, 2011
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Technology, United States History
    The astronaut discusses his early career, his training for space flight, his trips into space including the first lunar landing, and the possibilities for life and flight in space in the future… More
  • Gandhi : Young Nation Builder
    Childhood of World Figures
    Kudlinski, Kathleen
    Gandhi : Young Nation Builder
    Childhood of World Figures
    Kudlinski, Kathleen
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: March 13, 2012
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Life Strategies, Biography & Memoir
    A childhood biography of the great political and social leader. Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) studied law in England, then spent 20 years defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. In 1914 he returned to India and became the leader of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi urged non-violence and civil disobedience as a means to independence from Great Britain, with public acts of defiance that landed him in jail several times. In 1947 he participated in the postwar negotiations that led to Indian independence. He was shot to death by a Hindu fanatic in 1948.      This childhood biography highlights the events that informed Gandhi's indomitable spirit.… More
  • George Washington : Our First Leader
    History's All-stars
    Stevenson, Augusta
    George Washington : Our First Leader
    History's All-stars
    Stevenson, Augusta
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: August 12, 2014
    Categories: Children, 8-10, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Get to know George Washington as a kid and discover what made him the ultimate all-star in American history. George Washington was the first President of the United States, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. But what was he like as a kid? In this narrative biography, you’ll learn all about George Washington’s childhood, from his birth in Virginia on February 22, 1732, to his boyhood on a farm near Fredricksburg and later at Mount Vernon, to his relationship with his older brother, who was like a father to him. Find out what George did for fun—and what prepared him to eventually lead a new nation.… More
  • George W. Bush : Our 43rd President
    A Real-life Story
    Gormley, Beatrice
    George W. Bush : Our 43rd President
    A Real-life Story
    Gormley, Beatrice
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: September 8, 2015
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    Learn about the life of the 43rd President of the United States in this updated biography of George W. Bush, specially written for a younger audience. President George W. Bush once said, “I never dreamed about becoming president. When I was growing up, I wanted to be Willie Mays.” George W. was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Texas but returned to Connecticut to attend Yale University. As a young man he trained as a fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard before beginning a career in business. He entered Texas politics and served as the state’s governor from 1994 to 2000. In 2001 George W. Bush won one of the closest, and most disputed, presidential elections in United States history. During his first term Bush launched a war against terrorism after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2004 he won his second term against John Kerry. Originally published as President George W. Bush in 2005, this revised biography of the 43rd President of the United States includes eight pages of photos as well as a timeline and index.… More
  • Girls Who Rocked the World : Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa
    McCann, Michelle Roehm, Welden, Amelie
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: October 30, 2012
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, History
    “Young women looking for inspiration will surely find it” ( Booklist ) in these profiles of forty-six movers and shakers who made their mark before they turned twenty. This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent female role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. Originally published in two volumes over a decade ago, this fully updated and expanded edition of Girls Who Rocked the World spans a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Harriet Tubman and Coco Chanel to S.E. Hinton and Maya Lin—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world. Personal aspirations from today’s young women are interspersed throughout the book, which also includes profiles of teenagers who are rocking the world right now—girls like Winter Vinecki, the creator of the nonprofit organization Team Winter, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week. It’s never too soon to start making a difference, and these exhilarating examples of girl power in action make for ideal motivation.… More
  • Harry S. Truman : Thirty-third President of the United States
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Stanley, George Edward
    Harry S. Truman : Thirty-third President of the United States
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Stanley, George Edward
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: May 11, 2010
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, United States History
    Provides a look at the childhood life, personal experiences, and professional accomplishments of the thirty-third president of the nation. Original.… More
  • Helen Keller : Courage in the Dark
    Step into Reading
    Hurwitz, Johanna
    Helen Keller : Courage in the Dark
    Step into Reading
    Hurwitz, Johanna
    eBook
    Publisher: Random House Digital
    Published: May 26, 2010
    Categories: Children, 7-9, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, History
    When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller's life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. This amazing true story is finally brought to the beginner reader level.  From the Hardcover edition.… More
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton : A Woman Living History
    Blumenthal, Karen
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: January 12, 2016
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-17, Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Biography & Memoir, Political Science
    As a young girl, Hillary Diane Rodham’s parents told her she could be whatever she wanted--as long as she was willing to work for it. Hillary took those words and ran. In a life on the front row of modern American history, she has always stood out--whether she was a teen campaigning for the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, winning recognition in Life magazine for her pointed words as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College, or working on the Richard Nixon impeachment case as a newly minted lawyer. For all her accomplishments, scrutiny and scandal have followed this complex woman since she stepped into the public eye—from her role as First Lady of Arkansas to First Lady of the United States to becoming the first female U.S. senator from New York to U.S. secretary of state. Despite intense criticism, Hillary has remained committed to public service and dedicated to health-care reform, children's issues, and women’s rights. Now, she aspires to a bigger role: her nation's first woman president. In Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History , critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal gives us an intimate and unflinching look at the public and personal life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs and political cartoons, this is a must-have biography about a woman who has fascinated--and divided--the public, who continues to push boundaries, and who isn’t afraid to reach for one more goal. "After decades in the public eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still an enigma, as Blumenthal ( Tommy: The Gun That Changed America ) emphasizes in this compelling portrait of the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State’s journey from budding activist to presidential aspirant." — Publishers Weekly , starred review … More
  • I Am a Secret Service Agent : My Life Spent Protecting the President
    Maynard, Charles, Emmett, Dan
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: June 6, 2017
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-17, Nonfiction, Political Science, History, Biography & Memoir
    Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. From that moment forward, he knew he wanted to become a Secret Service agent, one of an elite group of highly trained men and women dedicated to preserving the life of the President of the United States at any cost, including sacrificing their own lives if necessary. Armed with single-minded determination and a never-quit attitude, he did just that. Selected over thousands of other highly qualified applicants to become an agent, he was eventually chosen to be one of the best of the best and provided protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush. I Am a Secret Service Agent skillfully describes the duties and challenges of conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One. With fascinating anecdotes, Emmett weaves keen insight into the unique culture and history of the Secret Service with the inner workings of the White House. I Am A Secret Service Agent is a must read for young adults interested in a career in federal law enforcement.… More
  • I Am Scout : The Biography of Harper Lee
    Shields, Charles J.
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: April 8, 2014
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Criticism
    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature. It's also a perennial favorite in highschool English classrooms across the nation. Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name. Lee's life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City. Charles J. Shields is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee , which he has adapted here for younger readers.What emerges in this riveting portrait is the story of an unconventional, high-spirited woman who drew on her love of writing and her Southern home to create a book that continues to speak to new generations of readers. Anyone who has enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird will appreciate this glimpse into the life of its fascinating author. I Am Scout is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. … More
  • Independent Dames : What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
    Anderson, Laurie Halse
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: November 1, 2011
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, United States History, Biography & Memoir
    Read about the forgotten half of the American Revolution and those tough, independent dames who helped make it happen.   Listen up! You've all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn't they play a part?      Of course they did, and with page after page of superbly researched information and thoughtfully detailed illustrations, acclaimed novelist and picture-book author Laurie Halse Anderson and charismatic illustrator Matt Faulkner prove the case in this entertaining, informative, and long overdue homage to those independent dames!… More
  • In Disguise! : Undercover With Real Women Spies
    Hunter, Ryan Ann
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: February 12, 2013
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Investigate real-life adventures of espionage in this collection of impressive and inspiring profiles. Spanning more than 300 years and numerous countries, In Disguise! details the lives of some of history’s most daring women, all of whom risked their lives to stand up for their beliefs. Originally published a decade ago, this fully updated and expanded edition of In Disguise! profiles twenty-eight daring international secret agents, from Harriet Tubman, who freed hundreds of slaves during the Civil War, to Eva Wu, who hid secret messages in her hair to aid the Chinese Revolution, to the modern-day exploits of former CIA agent Valerie Plame. With riveting narratives, fun quizzes to determine if you have what it takes to go undercover, secret-agent trivia, and short spotlight bios, In Disguise! is sure to engage and inspire.… More
  • Island Treasures : Growing Up in Cuba
    Ada, Alma Flor
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: August 25, 2015
    Categories: Children, 8-10, Nonfiction, Family & Relationships, Biography & Memoir
    The author of My Name Is María Isabel offers an inspiring look at her childhood in Cuba in this collection that includes Where the Flame Trees Bloom , Under the Royal Palms , five new stories, and more. These true autobiographical tales from renowned Hispanic author and educator Alma Flor Ada are filled with family love and traditions, secrets and deep friendships, and a gorgeous, moving picture of the island of Cuba, where Alma Flor grew up. Told through the eyes of a child, a whole world comes to life in these pages: the blind great-grandmother who never went to school but whose wisdom and generosity overflowed to those around her; the hired hand Samoné, whose love for music overcame all difficulties; the beloved dance teacher who helped sustain young Alma Flor through a miserable year in school; her dear and daring Uncle Medardo, who bravely flew airplanes; and more. Heartwarming, poignant, and often humorous, this wonderful collection encourages readers to discover the stories in their own lives—and to celebrate the joys and struggles we all share, no matter where or when we grew up. Featuring the classic and award-winning books Where the Flame Trees Bloom and Under the Royal Palms , Island Treasures also includes a new collection, Days at La Quinta Simoni , many new family photographs, and a Spanish-to-English glossary.… More
  • John Deere, That's Who!
    Maurer, Tracy Nelson
    John Deere, That's Who!
    Maurer, Tracy Nelson
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: March 28, 2017
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, History, Biography & Memoir, Technology
    Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who!Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please?Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!Beautiful illustrations—including spectacular landscapes—reflect the time period and bring John Deere's remarkable story to life.… More
  • John Glenn
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Burgan, Michael
    John Glenn
    Childhood of Famous Americans
    Burgan, Michael
    eBook
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Published: June 30, 2008
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, History
    Dear Reader: The Childhood of Famous Americans series, sixty-five years old in 1997, chronicles the early years of famous American men and women in an accessible manner. Each book is faithful in spirit to the values and experiences that influenced the person's development. History is fleshed out with fictionalized details, and conversations have been added to make the stories come alive to today's reader, but every reasonable effort has been made to make the stories consistent with the events, ethics, and character of their subjects. These books reaffirm the importance of our American heritage. We hope you learn to love the heroes and heroines who helped shape this great country. And by doing so, we hope you also develop a lasting love for the nation that gave them the opportunity to make their dreams come true. It will do the same for you. Happy Reading! The Editors… More
  • John Ronald's Dragons : The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien
    Mcalister, Caroline
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: March 21, 2017
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Biography & Memoir
    A captivating picture book biography of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to be beloved author J. R. R. Tolkien.John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. John Ronald's Dragons, a picture book biography by Caroline McAlister and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, introduces the beloved creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to a new generation of children who see magic in the world around them.… More
  • Jokes to Tell the Queen
    Bloomsbury Publishing
    Jokes to Tell the Queen
    Bloomsbury Publishing
    eBook
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc
    Published: June 29, 2012
    Categories: Children, 8-10, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Humorous Nonfiction, Games
    Where does the Queen keep her armies? Up her sleevies! Laugh your way through this hilarious book packed with hundreds of splendidly silly jokes on every topic under the sun, such as animals, school and family, plus plenty of good old knock, knock jokes and lots of royalty themed jokes. Handy practical tips will advise you on crucial regal accomplishments, such as how to perfect the royal wave and how to pull off headscarf chic when walking one's corgis. Interactive elements include devising your Fantasy Royal Family and designing your own palace. A bonus fact section at the back of the book contains fascinating and little-known facts about the Queen and the Royal Family - did you know that Buckingham Palace has its own cinema, post office, chapel, swimming pool, staff cafeteria and doctor's surgery?… More
  • Knots in My Yo-yo String
    Spinelli, Jerry
    eBook
    Publisher: Random House Digital
    Published: January 21, 2009
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction. "A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" (The Washington Post),  From first memories through high school, including first kiss, first punch, first trip to the principal's office, and first humiliating sports experience, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood. Rather, like Spinelli's fiction, its appeal lies in the  accessibility and universality of his life. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir-- a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages.From the Trade Paperback edition.… More
  • Laughing at My Nightmare
    Burcaw, Shane
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: October 14, 2014
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Humorous Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir
    With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease. … More
  • List of Things That Didn't Kill Me
    Schmidt, Jason
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: January 6, 2015
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Family & Relationships, Life Strategies
    Jason Schmidt wasn't surprised when he came home one day during his junior year of high school and found his father, Mark, crawling around in a giant pool of blood. Things like that had been happening a lot since Mark had been diagnosed with HIV, three years earlier. Jason's life with Mark was full of secrets--about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights--people with normal lives--ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason's home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything. A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn't seem to have one? … More
  • Lost Boy, Lost Girl : Escaping Civil War in Sudan
    Dau, John Bul
    eBook
    Publisher: Random House Digital Dist
    Published: October 12, 2010
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-15, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Life Strategies
    One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion, and violence. His wife, Martha, endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating searing accounts of famine and war. There’s warmth as well, in their humorous tales of adapting to American life. For its importance as a primary source, for its inclusion of the rarely told female perspective of Sudan’s lost children, for its celebration of human resilience, this is the perfect story to inform and inspire young readers.… More
  • Making of a Navy Seal : My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best
    Mann, John David, Webb, Brandon
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: August 25, 2015
    Categories: Children, 9-17, Nonfiction, History, Biography & Memoir
    BEFORE HE COULD FORGE A BAND OF ELITE WARRIORS... HE HAD TO BECOME ONE HIMSELF. Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors—including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle—that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan . Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills. From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military. Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world. … More
  • Mama Africa! : How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song
    Erskine, Kathryn
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: October 10, 2017
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Performing Arts, History
    Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award–winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid—a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and before the United Nations. Set defiantly in the present tense, this biography offers readers an intimate view of Makeba’s fight for equality. Kathryn Erskine’s call-and-response style text and Charly Palmer’s bold illustrations come together in a raw, riveting duet of protest song and praise poem. A testament to how a single voice helped to shake up the world—and can continue to do so.… More
  • Mao's Last Dancer
    Cunxin, Li
    eBook
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    Published: October 1, 2011
    Categories: Young Adult, 12-14, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Performing Arts
    At the age of eleven, Li Cunxin was one of the privileged few selected to serve in Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution by studying at the Beijing Dance Academy. Having known bitter poverty in his rural China home, ballet would be his family's best chance for a better future. From one hardship to another, Cunxin demonstrated perseverance and an appetite for success that led him to be chosen as one of the first two people to leave Mao's China and go to American to dance on a special cultural exchange. But life in the U.S. was nothing like his communist indoctrination had led him to believe. Ultimately, he defected to the west in a dramatic media storm, and went on to dance with the Houston Ballet for sixteen years. This inspiring story of passion, resilience, and a family's love captures the harsh reality of life in Mao's communist China and the exciting world of professional dance. This compelling memoir includes photos documenting Li's extraordinary life. … More
  • Marshfield Dreams
    Fletcher, Ralph
    Marshfield Dreams
    Fletcher, Ralph
    eBook
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Published: September 1, 2005
    Categories: Children, 9-12, Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Family & Relationships
    Excited about the arrival of yet another sibling to his already large family, Ralph is content in his simple life in Marshfield, Massachusetts, but when his father tells them all that the family must move to Chicago for his new job, Ralph worries about what it will feel like to leave so many of his favorite people, places, and things behind.… More