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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Book Poster Image
age 5+
Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2006)
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Fly, Bessie, Fly Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Inspiring story; kids will root for the heroine.
By Lynn Joseph
(1998)
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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra Book Poster Image
age 5+
Charged-up intro to Ellington, his band & music.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(1998)
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Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara Book Poster Image
age 5+
Small treasure explores Irish famine, emigration.
By Elvira Woodruff
(2006)
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Henry's Freedom Box Book Poster Image
age 5+
Heartrending but hopeful, true story of slave boy's escape.
By Ellen Levine
(2008)
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The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Book Poster Image
age 5+
Terrific, kid-friendly bio on a sports great.
By Tonya Bolden
(2004)
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Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson Book Poster Image
age 5+
Daughter's memory of her bigger-than-life, courageous dad.
By Sharon Robinson
(2009)
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JFK
age 5+
Inspiring biography has bold, realistic artwork.
By Jonah Winter
(2013)
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I Am Jane Goodall: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 5+
Endearing, lively illustrated bio packs positive messages.
By Brad Meltzer
(2016)
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I Am Sacagawea: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 5+
Strong Native American teen guide shines in lively history.
By Brad Meltzer
(2017)
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I Am Gandhi : Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 5+
Engaging picture bio of Indian hero, nonviolence pioneer.
By Brad Meltzer
(2017)
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I Am Harriet Tubman: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 5+
Courage, doing the right thing are themes in thrilling bio.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brutal but moving bio in verse is best for teens.
By Margarita Engle
(2006)
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Incantation Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Young teens may find powerful Inquisition book too violent.
By Alice Hoffman
(2006)
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Ivy
age 14+
Dickens-style tale with addiction and thievery.
By Julie Hearn
(2008)
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Bloodline Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Dark ages adventure a draw even for history-phobic teens.
By Katy Moran
(2009)
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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Book Poster Image
age 14+
Award-winning bio of bigger-than-life blues singer.
By Ann Angel
(2010)
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The Scarlet Letter Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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The Good Earth Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
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Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Violent tale of assassin nun seeking revenge on men.
By Robin LaFevers
(2012)
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