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Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans, by Kadir Nelson

Summary:  An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

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The War to End All Wars: World War I, by Russell Freedman

Summary: An introduction to World War I explains its relevance as a conflict that involved many nations and casualties while introducing modern weaponry and military strategies that have shaped all subsequent wars. 176 p., Clarion Books.

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Lafayette and the American Revolution, by Russell Freedman

Summary: Playing a pivotal role in the Revolution, Lafayette convinced the French government to send troops, made crucial pacts with Native Americans, and lead his men to victory at Yorktown. This thrilling account of a daring soldier will fascinate young historians. Source notes, bibliography, time line, index. 88 p., Holiday House.

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The Battle of Nashville, by Benson Bobrick

Summary: A profile of General George H. Thomas, an overlooked scion of the Civil War,  and the military choices that saved the Union.  Also examined are President Lincoln, the causes of the war, and the various personalities who have shaped our understanding of the war today.  144 p., Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

savingSummary:  A pale, spotted, almost cloud-like coat makes the snow leopard uncannily invisible in its rocky mountain habitat. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop accompany conservationist Tom McCarthy and his team as they travel to Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to gather data about snow leopard populations in an attempt to save this endangered species.  48 p., Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

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A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom by Jim Murphy

thunderSummary: In September 1862, two great armies faced each other across Antietam Creek. The outnumbered Confederate forces were led by General Robert E. Lee. The Union army was led by General George B. McClellan. Jim Murphy uses archival photographs, maps, and firsthand accounts to recreate one of America’s most important battles. 103 p., Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

moonshotSummary: Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines. 48 p., Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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