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Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice

Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Though Eleanor Roosevelt was born into privilege, she developed a keen sense of justice and fairness. In a highly readable narration, Eleanor’s life is presented, enhanced by photographs and primary sources. Also included are a timeline and bibliography.

The Underground Abductor

The Underground Abductor

Genre:
Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware. After years of backbreaking labor, she escaped and traveled north to freedom. Follow in the footsteps of one of the most daring leaders of the Underground Railroad. (Book 5 in Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series)

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poetry of the People, Maya Angelou

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poetry of the People, Maya Angelou

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The life of Marguerite Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou, vividly comes to life in free verse and swirling images. Young Maya found solace in language, the rhythm of words during her difficult childhood in “the seesaw of the South,” and fast-paced St. Louis. She became a performer, a poet, and a highly respected novelist. A forward by her grandson encourages discussion as the book is shared. Photographs accompany a timeline of Maya’s life which concludes this sophisticated book.

Finish the Fight

Finish the Fight

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

“It took the better part of a century to pass a law saying American women had the right to vote.” The 19th Amendment was the result of a massive effort by “tons of women beyond Susan and Elizabeth’s demographic…” Black, Native, Asian, and white women who contributed are presented here in an attractive format to broaden the understanding of women’s history.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Nine months before Rosa Parks’ history-making protest on a city bus, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old Montgomery, Alabama, high-school student, was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Based on extensive interviews with Colvin and many others, this book presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War

Genre:
Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

As the former Colonies struggle for freedom, the American Revolution is in the hands of a brave and resourceful teenage girl. At sixteen, Susanna Bolling is like America in rebellion; she craves independence. When British General Cornwallis invades her family’s Bollingbrook Plantation, she overhears his secret plan to defeat the Patriots. Much to her shock, she finds herself at the center of the war.

Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work. Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross's journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. The narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.

Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers book cover

Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers

Genre:
Biography
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today in this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and the U.S. From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla to NASA’s first virtual reality engineer, Evelyn Miralles, this is a book for aspiring artists, scientists, activists, and more. 

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

What makes an activist? The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Tennessee in 1968 so effected young Kathlyn, she started tirelessly working to improve the lives of African Americans and make MLK’s birthday a national holiday. She tells her own story in verse, contextualized by the time in which she lived

Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life

Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life

Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

With engaging text, photographs, and vivid paleoart, this biography introduces Mary Anning, the Victorian fossil hunter and self-taught scientist who changed scientific thinking about prehistoric life and would become one of the most celebrated paleontologists of all time. Mary Anning grew up on the south coast of England in a region rich in fossils. As teenagers, she and her brother Joseph discovered England’s first complete ichthyosaur. Poor and uneducated, Anning would become one of the most celebrated paleontologists ever, though in her time she supported herself selling by fossils and received little formal recognition. 

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