Category Archives: Nonfiction

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up This hauntingly beautiful memoir in verse carries the theme of wings and flying throughout Margarita Engle’s childhood. Growing up in Los Angeles, she spent many … Continue reading

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The Freedom Summer Murders

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell Grades 5 & up This book about the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney in Mississippi in June of 1964 differs from the others in that it covers much more … Continue reading

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The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science

The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science by Marc Aronson Grades 3 & up This fascinating book traces Adrienne Mayor’s journey back through Greek mythology to find the fossils that gave … Continue reading

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Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden Grades 4 & up I learned quite a bit reading this book. I had no idea that Native Americans owned African American slaves, or that they took … Continue reading

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Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman Grades 5 & up A look at the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, including the events that led up to it … Continue reading

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How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson Grades 4 & up Acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson looks back at the 1950s, a pivotal decade in her own life as well as that of the rest of the country, through a series … Continue reading

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Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin Grades 5 & up The summer of 1964 was dubbed “Freedom Summer” by the Council of Federated Organizations, a conglomerate of several major civil rights organizations … Continue reading

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Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman Grades 4 & up Angel Island, off the coast of San Francisco, was known as the Ellis Island of the West Coast. Primarily serving immigrants from Asia, it has a much … Continue reading

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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin Grades 5 & up This book chronicles racial segregation in the US Navy during World War II, particularly the events leading up to and just … Continue reading

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Grades 6 & up An in-depth look at the life of Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, and his family. It includes a view … Continue reading

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