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Author:
Gare Thompson
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of a woman who served as First Lady for the longest time, and who was the first President's wife to speak out about important issues.
Author:
Ann Bausum
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author Ann Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and radical tactics. After covering the importance of familiar names, she devotes the bulk of the book to the events of 1906 to 1920, when a new group of young women emerged
Author:
Ellen Levine
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
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Japanese Americans reflect on their years spent in internment camps as children or young adults. They discuss the process of being forced from their homes, and their ability to make the prisons more livable despite oppressive conditions.
Author:
Petra Press
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An account of immigration from the 1600s to present.
Author:
Pieter Van Raven
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
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The novel is appropriately grim and conveys the hopes and disillusionments of families migrating to California during the Depression. Van Raven's descriptions of such things as the labor of orange picking or the emptiness of the dusty and forlorn great plains are on target as is his telling of th
Author:
Harold Holzer
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A collection of writings beginning with rhymes in the margins of young Abe's arithmetic book and ending with official and unofficial words from the presidential years.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
Yep brings together 25 talented writers, each with a different story about the Asian American experience.
Author:
Patricia Beatty
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Twelve-year-old Charley Quinn loves the excitement and the gang fighting that are part of his life in New York City's Bowery in 1864. When his sister's fiance threatens to send him to an orphanage, Charley runs off with Union army enlistees and is taken on in Virginia as a drummer boy.
Author:
Christopher Curtis
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born in the Buxton Settlement, which was founded in Ontario in 1849 as a haven for former slaves. Narrator Elijah tells an episodic story that builds a broad picture of Buxton's residents before plunging into the dramatic events that take him ou
Author:
Pam Munoz Ryan
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A little girl experiences the hardship of immigrating to a new country where she no longer has the status of a Mexican princess, but a Californian laborer.
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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.