Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl DreamingSummary:  Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Nancy Paulsen

Frida and Diego: Art, Love, Life, by Catherine Reef

Frida and DiegoSummary:  Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their paintings as well as for their deep love for each other. Their marriage was one of the most tumultuous and infamous in history—filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, above all, art that helped define the twentieth century.

Clarion

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business–and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

Ida M. TarbellSummary:  Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time.  Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller’s success. Rejecting the term “muckraker” to describe her profession, she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion.

Houghton Mifflin

 

Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, by Patricia Powell

JosephineSummary:  Presents an introduction to the life of the passionate performer and civil rights activist that traces her journey from the slums of St. Louis to the world’s most famous stages.

Chronicle

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Searching for Sarah Rector, by Tonya Bolden

Searching for Sarah RectorSummary:  Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.

Abrams

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The Boy on the Wooden Box: how the impossible became possible…on Schindler’s list, by Leon Leyson

Boy on the Wooden BoxSummary:  Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, who was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

Atheneum

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I am John F. Kennedy, by Grace Norwich

I am John F KennedySummary:  The leadership skills I learned as a commander in the U.S. Navy helped earn me a place first as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later as a U.S. senator-but that was just the beginning. I became another kind of commander, the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, when I was elected president. Though I accomplished a great deal in my short life, I was assassinated at the age of forty-six. Still, my brave choices changed the lives of generations to come. I am John F. Kennedy.

Scholastic

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