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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.

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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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