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2015

The Right Word: Roget And His Thesaurus

by Bryant, Jen and Sweet, Melissa

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists.

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Woodson, Jacqueline

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

by Robinson, Christian and Powell, Patricia Hruby

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker

Separate Is Never Equal : Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

by Tonatiuh, Duncan

Sylvia Mendez was denied enrollment to a "Whites only" school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

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

by Fleming, Candace

"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman's Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin's Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the

2014

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

by Roth, Susan L. and Trumbore, Cindy

A picture book telling the intertwined histories of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, culminating with current efforts to save the parrots from extinction.

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

by Bryant, Jen and Sweet, Melissa

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him.

Locomotive

by Floca, Brian

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

2013

Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

by Sheinkin, Steve

This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

by Hoose, Phillip

Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Phillip Hoose tells the extraordinary story of one bird's strength, adaptability, and determination.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

by Hopkinson, Deborah

Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

2012

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

by Sweet, Melissa

2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner Winner of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

by Schanzer, Rosalyn

In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans.

2011

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

by Montgomery, Sy

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth.

Lafayette and the American Revolution

by Freedman, Russell

When the Marquis de Lafayette ran off to join the American Revolution against the explicit orders of the king of France, he was a strong-willed nineteen-year-old who had never set foot on a battlefield.

2010

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

by Stone, Tanya Lee

When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

by Hoose, Phillip M.

When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.' 2009 National Book Award winner for Children's Literature.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

by Floca, Brian

Simply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats.

The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors

by Barton, Chris

Brothers Joe and Bob Switzer were quite different. Bob, a hard worker and planner, wanted to be a doctor. Joe dreamed of making his fortune in show business and loved magic tricks and problem-solving. Together they invented a whole new kind of color!

2009

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Nelson, Kadir

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. Most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about the unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

by Deem, James M.

The author of "Bodies from the Ash" and "Bodies from the Bog" takes readers on a captivating and creepy journey to learn about glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice that are now offering up many secrets of the past.

2008

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

by Sís, Peter

Through journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child in his Soviet-controlled country. By joining memory and history, Sís takes us on his journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.

2007

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

by Thimmesh, Catherine

For the kids of all those thousands and thousands of people who worked on Apollo. For the sacrifices you made--the birthday parties, ballgames, and bedtime stories that your parents had to miss because the moon was calling, and demanding their time. It must have been hard sometimes. But look at what they did! Thanks for sharing them with the world when we needed them most.

The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guine

by Montgomery, Sy and Bishop, Nic

It looks like a bear, but isn't one. It climbs trees as easily as a monkey- but isn't a monkey, either. It has a belly pocket like a kangaroo, but what's a kangaroo doing up a tree?

2006

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley

by Walker, Sally M.

It was an amazing Confederate victory! -- but at what cost? When the Confederate submarine, H. L. Hunley, disappeared shortly after sinking the Union's USS Housatonic, it was a historic event - the first time a submarine had sunk a ship in battle.

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