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2012

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

by Roth, Susan L. and Trumbore, Cindy

For a long time, the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny African country of Eritrea, were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. Then along came a scientist, Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped to change their lives for the better.

Sylvia and Aki

by Conkling, Winifred

At the start of World War II, Japanese American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.

2011

Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

by Glaser, Linda

Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ... Who wrote these words? And why?

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Park, Linda Sue

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

2010

Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan

by Winter, Jeanette

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary

by Partridge, Elizabeth

Ages 10 and up. An award-winning author leads readers straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965.

2009

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

by Nivola, Claire A.

Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens.

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

by Engle, Margarita

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in re-concentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps.

2008

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom

by Mccully, Emily Arnold

Oney, Martha Washington's slave, does not know where she will end up. She only knows that she wants to be free, with no mistress but herself.

We Are One: the Story of Bayard Rustin

by Brimner, Larry Dane

Bayard Rustin was a man with purpose- and a man with heart. As a nonviolent activist, Bayard made his mark working alongside many African American leaders, notably A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr.

2007

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

by Lee-Tai, Amy

While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during World War II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.

Weedflower

by Kadohata, Cynthia

After Sumiko and her family are relocated from their flower farm in California to an internment camp on an Indian reservation, she helps her family, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.

2006

Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights

by Haskins, Jim

A respected biographer teams up with an acclaimed artist to tell the story of the mail carrier who orchestrated the Great Savannah Boycott -- and was instrumental in bringing equality to his community.

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

by Blumenthal, Karen

In 1972, Congress passed a modest little law called Title IX, that said any school receiving money from the government couldn't treat boys and girls differently because of their sex.

2005

Sélavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope

by Landowne, Youme

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote

by Bausum, Ann

For grades 5 and up. The story of how women fought for and won the right to vote in the United States. Over the course of seven compelling, fact-filled chapters-"Parade," "Rights," "Momentum," "Protest," "Prison," "Action," and "Victory"-the story of a brave struggle unfolds, showing how women used the democratic system that excluded them in order to become full voting citizens of their nation.

2004

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

by Naidoo, Beverley

Seven stories, spanning the time period from 1948 to 2000, chronicle the experiences of young people from different races and ethnic groups as they try to cope with the restrictions placed on their lives by South Africa's apartheid laws.

Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavaz

by Krull, Kathleen

Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers.

The Breadwinner (Breadwinner #1)

by Ellis, Deborah

Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban.

2003

Parvana's Journey (Breadwinner #2)

by Ellis, Deborah

The Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Twelve-year-old Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana sets out alone to find them, masquerading as a boy, and she meets other children who are victims of war.

Patrol: An American Soldier In Vietnam

by Myers, Walter Dean

Vietnam. A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy.

2002

The Other Side of Truth

by Naidoo, Beverley

Will the truth harm them -- or save them? When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier

by Rappaport, Doreen

2001

Esperanza Rising

by Ryan, Pam Muñoz

When a young girl and her privileged family in Mexico is forced to move to the United States, they learn to depend on and love each other more.

The Composition

by Skármeta, Antonio

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills.

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