Hades Speaks! by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Hades SpeaksSummary:  Hades, god of the dead, welcomes readers on a dangerous tour of his underworld kingdom, filled with monsters, furies, giants, and vampire demons. Along the way, he reveals ancient death rites and sinister curses, tells hair-raising stories, and cracks jokes to die for. With his witty voice and ghoulish sense of humor, Hades is the perfect guide through this fresh and imaginative work of nonfiction that reads like a novel.

Boyds Mills Press

Stubby the War Dog, by Ann Bausum

Stubby the War DogSummary:  Documents the heroic wartime achievements of a World War I mascot who was adopted by a soldier as an orphaned pup and who gained military honors and a display in the Smithsonian Institution for his brave service behind enemy lines.

National Geographic

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Boundaries: how the Mason-Dixon Line settled a family feud & divided a nation, by Sally Walker

BoundariesSummary:  Traces the history of the Mason-Dixon Line as reflected by family feuds, exploration, scientific advancement and the cultural conflicts between America’s northern and southern states.

Candlewick

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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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Outside the Box, by Karma Wilson

Outside the BoxSummary:  This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

McElderry

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A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s war against slavery, by Albert Marrin

Volcano Beneath the SnowSummary:  Considers the character and influence of the abolitionist, discussing the religious beliefs that prompted his use of terrorism to combat slavery while assessing his role in the Harper’s Ferry raid that helped trigger the Civil War.

Knopf

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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles, by Douglas Florian

Poem DepotSummary:  An illustrated collection of silly nonsense poems about topics kids care about: talents, avoiding homework, friends and more.

Dial

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The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

Port Chicago 50Summary:  Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

Roaring Brook

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Rutherford B Who Was He? by Marilyn Singer

Rutherford B who was heSummary:  Presents rhymes about presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Disney Hyperion

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The Animal Book, by Steve Jenkins

Animal bookSummary:Shares facts on over three hundred animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Dance with a blue-footed booby, or stare down an eyelash viper. But mind your step– in the animal world, the name of the game is survival.

HoughtonMifflin

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Eruption! : volcanoes and the science of saving lives, by Elizabeth Rusch

EruptionSummary: An account of the work of volcanologists Andy Lockhart, John Pallister, and their team describes their life-risking efforts to investigate dangerous volcanoes that pose threats to more than one billion people worldwide.

HoughtonMifflin

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Locomotive, by Brian Floca

LocomotiveSummary:  Presents a visual exploration of America’s early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

Atheneum

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Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain, by Russell Freedman

Angel IslandSummary:  Angel Island, off the coast of California, was the port of entry for Asian immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1940. Following the passage of legislation requiring the screening of immigrants, “the other Ellis Island” processed around one million people from Japan, China, and Korea. Drawing from memoirs, diaries, letters, and the “wall poems” discovered at the facility long after it closed, this describes the people who came, and why; the screening process; detention and deportation; changes in immigration policy; and the eventual renaissance of Angel Island as a historic site open to visitors.

Clarion

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