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Brant, John.   The Boy Who Runs: the odyssey of Julius Achon

Describes the life of world-class Ugandan runner Julius Achon, who was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army as a twelve-year-old and forced into fighting and being a soldier, before escaping and discovering his talent for running.

2016

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Jahren, Hope.  Lab Girl

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

2016

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Levinson, Cynthia.   Hillary Rodham Clinton

A portrait of the former first lady, secretary of state, and presidential candidate includes coverage of her childhood in Illinois, rise to political prominence, struggles with personal setbacks, and achievements as a senator and beyond.

2016

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Sweet, Melissa.   Some Writer!: the story of E.B. White

In Some Writer! , the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children's book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter.

2016

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Turner, Pamela S.   Samurai Rising: the epic life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family--and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality.

2016

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Indovino, Shaina Carmel.   Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant may be a young player, but he's already done amazing things in his NBA career. After joining the league in 2007, Kevin was chosen as Rookie of the Year. He led the league in scoring for three years in a row and has been chosen to play in the NBA All-Star Game four times. In 2012, he was chosen as the All-Star Game MVP, a huge honor for any player but even more incredible for a young player.

2015

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Indovino, Shaina Carmel.   Lebron James

Few sports stars can say they've reached the heights LeBron James has reached. First with the Cleveland Cavaliers and then with the Miami Heat, LeBron has become one of the most exciting players on the court. Fans around the world know LeBron has truly earned his nickname--"King James."

2015

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Silvey, Anita.   Untamed: the wild life of Jane Goodall

This biography for children will trace Goodall's life, but each chapter will also focus on two or more the chimpanzees that she observed, with information in sidebars about these particular animals. Along with biographical details, the book will explore the ethical issues that surround Goodall's work and show what has changed in our understanding of Great Apes.

2015

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Slevin, Peter B.  Michelle Obama: a life

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States. From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world, the story of this First Lady is the story of America. Michelle Obama: A Life is a fresh and compelling view of a woman of unique achievement and purpose. 

2015

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Tolstikova, Dasha.   A Year without Mom

Depicts the author's life with her grandmother in Moscow while her mother goes to school in America, describing how she navigated her problems with friends and school and her surprise when she learned she would be joining her mother.

2015

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DePrince, Michaela.   Taking flight: from war orphan to star ballerina

The memoir of Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra Leone until being adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.

2014

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Hillenbrand, Laura.   Unbroken: an Olympian’s journey from airman to castaway to captive

In this captivating young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man’s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred photographs and featuring an exclusive interview with Zamperini, Unbroken will introduce a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics.

2014

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Kazerooni, Abbas.   On Two Feet and Wings: one boy’s amazing story of survival

Recounts the author's experiences fleeing Iran as a young boy during the Iran-Iraq war, and making his way on his own in the unfamiliar city of Istanbul in hopes of attaining a visa in England.

2014

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McCully, Emily Arnold.   Ida M. Tarbell: the woman who challenged big business – and won!

Follows the life of Ida Tarbell, the nineteenth-century author/journalist whose articles on the corrupt practices of John D. Rockeller and Standard Oil Company resulted in legislation against trusts.

2014

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Neri, Greg.   Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

A portrait of the legendary country music star is told through lyrical free verse that conveys information about his impoverished childhood and the extraordinary talent that enabled his career and rise to success on the world stage.

2014

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Woodson, Jacqueline.   Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

2014

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Yousafzai, Malala.   I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

 

2014

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Adler, David A.   Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

“A comprehensive introduction to the life and achievements of the heroic former slave details how after managing her own escape, Harriet Tubman returned 13 times to guide other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, in a portrait that also relates her subsequent contributions as a wartime cook, nurse, spy and suffragist.”…Baker & Taylor

2013

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Burleigh, Robert.   Look up!: Henrietta Leavitt, pioneering woman astronomer

An astronomer of her time called Henrietta Leavitt "one of the most important women ever to touch astronomy," and another close associate said she had the "best mind at the Harvard Observatory." Henrietta Leavitt's story will inspire young women and aspiring scientists of all kinds and includes additional information about the solar system and astronomy.

2013

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Freedman, Russell.   Becoming Ben Franklin: how a candle-maker’s son helped light the flame of liberty

“Introduces the life of Benjamin Franklin, detailing how he left home at age seventeen to go to Philadelphia and went on to become an American icon and distinguished statesman, inventor, and scientist.”…Baker & Taylor

2013

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Krull, Kathleen.   Benjamin Franklin

"Kathleen Krull sheds new light on the Benjamin Franklin--who considered science his true calling in life, not nation building--in this perceptive, fair-minded portrait."--

 

2013

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Leyson, Leon.   The Boy on the Wooden Box: how the impossible became possible…on Schindler’s list

“Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, who was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.”…Baker & Taylor

2013

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Rusch, Elizabeth.   Electrical Wizard: how Nikola Tesla lit up the world

An introduction to the life and contributions of Nikola Tesla covers his innovations in the field of alternating current and his role in the development of such inventions as remote controls, fluorescent lights, and cell phones.

2013

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Blumenthal, Karen.   Steve Jobs: the man who thought different

Traces the inspiring life and career of the late founder of Apple, covering topics ranging from his struggles as an adopted child and a college dropout to his Buddhist faith and friendship with Steve Wozniak, in a portrait framed around his inspirational Stanford University commencement speech.

2012

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Borden, Louise.   His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: courage, rescue, and mystery during World War II

An amazing and inspirational World War II story about how one man saved the lives of many.

2012

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Hartland, Jessie.   Bon Appetit!: the delicious life of Julia Child

A picture book biography of Julia Child, the famous chef.

2012

Huynh, Quang Nhuong.   The Land I Lost: adventures of a boy in Vietnam

A collection of personal reminiscences of the author’s youth in a hamlet on the central highlands of Vietnam.

2012

Burleigh, Robert.   The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn

“Presents a biography of Mark Twain told from the perspective of one of his most famous characters, Huckleberry Finn.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Christensen, Bonnie.   Fabulous: a portrait of Andy Warhol

“Describes how Andy Warhol used his talent for drawing to overcome poverty and illness, to become a successful commercial artist, and eventually an influential painter, filmmaker, and public figure.”. . . Baker & Taylor

2011

Cooper, Susan.   The Magic Maker: a portrait of John Langstaff, creator of the Christmas Revels

“A portrait of Christmas Revels founder John Langstaff reveals the influences behind his popular annual celebration, from his choirboy experience and early career to his World War II injury and work as a performer, teacher, and children's author.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Doeden, Matt.   Tom Brady: unlikely champion

“Presents the life and career of Tom Brady, from his early career in college football to his rise as the star quarterback for the New England Patriots.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Fritz, Jean.   Alexander Hamilton: the outsider

“A profile of the founding father and first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury discusses the challenges he faced as a man from a different culture, his Revolutionary War contributions, and his role in shaping a fledgling America.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Golus, Carrie.   Tupac Shakur: Hip-Hop idol

“Traces the life and career of the late rap musician and actor Tupac Shakur.” ---Baker & Taylor

2011

Hamilton, Bethany.   Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.  Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves. (Hawaiian Collection)

2011

Heits, Rudolph T.   DeMarcus Ware

Profiles the career and accomplishments of the linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys football team.

2011

Lenburg, Jeff.   Matt Groening: from spitballs to Springfield

“Presents the life and accomplishments of the cartoonist, animator, and producer best known for creating "The Simpsons," televisions longest-running prime-time animated series.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Maimon, Alan.   Shane Victorino: the flyin’ Hawaiian

“Taylor: Chronicles the life of the first ever Maui native to ever appear in a World Series, from his struggles with ADHD as a boy to his entrance into the big leagues out of high school to his championship performance with the Philadelphia Phillies, in a book with full-color photos.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Morrison, Jessica.   Hank Aaron: home run hero

“Surveys the life and career of the baseball star most noted for hitting 755 home runs--a record that lasted over thirty years--describing his time in the Negro Leagues and his work off the field to advance equal opportunity in baseball.”…Bakger & Taylor

2011

Paprocki, Ray.   Eli Manning

“Looks at the life and accomplishments of the star quarterback for the New York Giants.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Reef, Catherine.   Jane Austen: a life revealed

“Examines the life and works of the famous author, known for such works as "Emma," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Persuasion," and looks at how her novels have endured for over two centuries.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Rubalcalba, Jill.   I. M. Pei

“A biography of the renowned architect that focuses on six of his signature buildings.”…Baker & Taylor

2011

Rubin, Susan Goldman.   Music Was It: young Leonard Bernstein

Biography of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

2011

Say, Allen.   Drawing from Memory

Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist. DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today.

2011

Scherer, Lauri.   Michelle Wie

"People in the News profiles the lives and careers of some of today's most prominent newsmakers. Whether covering contributions and achievements or notorious deeds, books in this series examine why these well-known individuals garnered public attention"—

2011

Slavicek, Louise Chipley.   Paul Robeson: entertainer and activist

A biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become a world-famous African American athlete, actor, singer, and civil rights activist.

2011

Adler, David A.   Frederick Douglass: a noble life

When, in 1879, a bust in his likeness was placed at the University of Rochester, Frederick Douglass wrote: "Incidents of this character do much amaze me. It is not, however, the height to which I have risen, but the depth from which I have come that amazes me." This biography tells the story of his ascent from slavery.

2010

Bednar, Chuck.   Derek Jeter: all-star major league baseball player

A look at the life and career of the famous baseball player.

2010

Burlingame, Jeff.   Jesse Owens: “I always loved running”

"Explores the life of Jesse Owens, including his childhood and family, his rise to excellence in track and field, his 1936 Olympic triumph, and his death and legacy"--Provided by publisher.

2010

Fleischman, Sid.   Sir Charlie Chaplin: the funniest man in the world

“Presents the story of the legendary comic actor and describes how he rose from poverty to become one of Hollywood's wealthiest entertainers.” - - Baker & Taylor

2010

Freedman, Russell.   Lafayette and the American Revolution

Presents a biography about the French nobleman who assisted the American colonists in their struggle for freedom from England during the Revolutionary War.

2010

Golio, Gary.   Jimi: sounds like a rainbow: a story of the young Jimi Hendrix

Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

2010

Krohn, Katherine.   Michael Jackson: ultimate music legend

Biography of the life of entertainer Michael Jackson.

2010

Krull, Kathleen.   Charles Darwin

“Traces the life and work of the British biologist made famous by his controversial theory of natural selection.”…Baker & Taylor

2010

McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.   Sergey Brin and Larry Page: founders of Google

“Describes the lives and accomplishments of the two founders of Google, from their first meeting to the creation of the web search engine, its widespread popularity, and the ever-widening scope of innovations from the company.” … Baker & Taylor

2010

Mitchell, Don.   Driven: a photobiography of Henry Ford

A biography of Henry Ford, the industrial visionary who changed the automobile from rich man's toy into affordable necessity.

2010

Peters, Stephanie.   On the Court with Dwight Howard

“Looks at the career of the NBA's rising star, Dwight Howard, who, before the age of 25, has become a dunking champion, won the Defensive Player of the Year award and is an instrumental part of the Orlando Magic's success.”…Baker & Taylor

2010

Pratt, Mary K.   Michael Jackson: king of pop

An exploration of the life and career of Michael Jackson that discusses his childhood, family, success, personal relationships, controversy, and untimely death.

2010

Rowlands, Millie.   Justin Bieber: our world

Presents the career of the young Canadian singer, discussing his childhood, his rise in popularity through the Internet, and his future in music.

2010

Rubin, Susan Goldman.   Wideness and Wonder: the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe

“The fascinating story of the mysterious and beloved artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), traces the events that shaped her art and how art influenced her life in return.”…Baker & Taylor

2010

Sawyer, Kem Knapp.   Harriet Tubman

An illustrated exploration of the life of Harriet Tubman that covers her childhood, experiences as a slave, escape to freedom, work on the Underground Railroad, antislavery activism, and other topics.

2010

Zimmerman, Dwight Jon.   Tecumseh: shooting star of the Shawnee

“To white authorities in the newly independent United States, Tecumseh seemed like a different type of chief: defiant and determined to protect Indian rights. Not even the power of the government awed this fearless Shawnee leader. Young readers will be fascinated by the life story of this great warrior and orator who tried to unite all the tribes in a single, powerful confederacy.” --- Sterling

2010

Bednar, Chuck.   Tony Parker

“Looks at the life and accomplishments of the professional basketball player who plays for both the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and France's national basketball team.” … Baker & Taylor

2009

Fedorko, Jamie.   Kevin Garnett

“Looks at the life and career of basketball player Kevin Garnett, who went directly from high school basketball to playing in the National Basketball Association.”…Baker & Taylor

2009

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Hampton, Wilborn.   Babe Ruth: a twentieth-century life

Born into a poor family in Baltimore, George Herman Ruth Jr. was sent to a Catholic reform school at age seven, where he learned how to play baseball. Initially a talented southpaw, the Babe went on to shatter every home-run record on the books--when fewer games were played in a season and a heavier ball was used.

2009

Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer.   The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

A true story of tenacity and imagination describes how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors.

2009

Kimmich, Ian.   Steve Nash

“Highlights the life and accomplishments of the point guard for the Phoenix Suns who grew up in Canada and became a basketball star in spite of his back problems.”…Baker & Taylor

2009

Lasky, Katherine.   One Beetle Too Many: the extraordinary adventures of Charles Darwin

Describes the life and work of the renowned nineteenth-century biologist who transformed conventional Western thought with his theory of natural evolution.

2009

Schweitzer, Karen.   Sheryl Swoopes

Chronicles the life and career of the three-time WNBA most valuable player, including her early life in Texas, her first basketball successes, and her four WNBA championships.

2009

Whiting, Jim.   Troy Polamalu

“Looks at the life and career of the defensive player for the Baltimore Ravens.”…Baker & Taylor

2009

Woog, Adam.   Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook creator

“Profiles the young Facebook creator and discusses his plans for growing the site in the future.” … Baker & Taylor

2009

Young, Jeff.   Dwyane Wade

“Highlights the life and accomplishments of the 2005 and 2006 NBA All-Star who has played on the U.S. Men's Olympic basketball team in 2004 and 2008.”…Baker & Taylor

2009

Christopher, Matt.   On the Court with Lebron James

“An exciting biography of one of the best pro basketball players today explores his early days playing ball in Akron, Ohio, through his draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers to his amazing style on the court now that makes him the team's star player.”…Baker & Taylor

2008

Edge, Laura B.   Steven Spielberg: director of blockbuster films

"A biography of film director Steven Spielberg"--Provided by publisher.

2008

Marcovitz, Hal.   LeBron James

“Describes the life and career of LeBron James, from his childhood and start in high school basketball to his rise as one of the most influential athletes today.”…Baker & Taylor

2007

Allen, Thomas B.   Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War

“Provides a biography of this courageous ex-slave who worked to establish the Underground Railroad, became a Union Army spy, and helped more than seven hundred slaves find their way to freedom in the North.” - - Baker & Taylor

2006

Wilder, Laura Ingalls.   A Little House Traveler: writings from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journeys across America

“Personal writings from three of the author's most memorable trips are collected in one special omnibus edition, and include her 1894 trip from South Dakota to Missouri, her train ride to California in 1915, and her car trip with Almanzo in 1931.” … Baker & Taylor

2006

Krull, Kathleen.   The Boy on Fairfield Street: how Ted Geisel grew up to become Dr. Seuss

Introduces the life of renowned children’s author and illustrator Ted Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, focusing on his childhood and youth in Sprinfield, Massachusetts.

 

2004

Rumford, James.   Sequoyah: the Cherokee man who gave his people writing

The story of Sequoyah is the tale of an ordinary man with an extraordinary idea-to create a writing system for the Cherokee Indians and turn his people into a nation of readers and writers.  The task he set for himself was daunting.  Sequoyah knew no English and had no idea how to capture speech on paper.  But slowly and painstakingly, ignoring the hoots and jibes of his neighbors and friends, he worked out a system that surprised the Cherokee Nation- and the world of the 1820s – with its beauty and simplicity.  James Rumford’s Sequoyah is a poem to celebrate literacy, a song of a people’s struggle to stand tall and proud.

2004

Levine.  Karen.   Hana’s suitcase: a true story

A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.

2003

Stout, Glenn.   On the Court with Shaquille O’Neal

Describes the life and career of the basketball superstar and center for the Los Angeles Lakers.

2003

Arnold, Ann.   The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer

A biography of a flamboyant, successful French chef and inventor of kitchen tools who opened soup kitchens during the Irish potato famine and taught the army how to feed itself during the Crimean War.

2002

Gherman, Beverly.   Ansel Adams: America’s photographer; a biography for young people

Ansel Adams led a rich life inspired by the miracles of nature. This biography takes us from the earthquake that broke his nose to the valley that shaped his world, revealing the humorous, artistic, and thoughtful personality behind his legendary work.

2002

Orgill, Roxane.   Mahalia: a life in gospel music

Accompanied by more than 50 photos, Mahalia Jackson’s rise from a sidewalk singer in New Orleans to America’s most famous gospel singer is a stirring story of social and musical history.

2002

Partridge, Elizabeth.   This Land Was Made for You and Me: the life and songs of Woody Guthrie

A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including “This Land is Your Land” and “So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh.”

2002

Stout, Glenn.   On the Field with Alex Rodriguez

A biography of the talented Seattle Mariners' shortstop, Alex Rodriguez, who signed with the Texas Rangers for the 2001 season.

2002

Cox, Clinton.   Houdini: master of illusion

This biography of famed magician and illusionist Harry Houdini explores how he carried out his amazing feats and exposes the secrets behind many of Houdini's tricks. The author cites Houdini's brilliance, physical dexterity, and wild imagination as factors that made him a true master of illusion.

2001

Lawlor, Laurie.   Helen Keller: rebellious spirit

A biography that sheds new light on this extraordinary woman.

2001

Sherman, Josepha.   Jeff Bezos: king of Amazon

Jeff Bezos knew how to set up an efficient Internet ordering system; he just needed a product to sell.  From a small garage-based business to the multi-million dollar Goliath known as Amazon.com, Bezos is the center of a high-tech fairy tale.

2001

Stout, Glenn.   On the Court with Kobe Bryant

“A biography of the son of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant who grew up to become a star basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers.”…Baker & Taylor

2001

Gorrell, Gena K.   Heart and Soul: the story of Florence Nightingale

The Nightingale family was upset when Florence, who had done her share of household nursing, announced that she wanted to work in a hospital, where her insistence on cleanliness, wholesome food, and kind treatment revolutionized the nursing industry.

2000

Sproule, Anna.   Thomas A. Edison: the world’s greatest inventor

Details the life and work of Thomas Edison, who developed the electric light bulb and patents for numerous other inventions and innovations.

2000

Stanley, Diane.   Michelangelo

A biography of the Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, well known for his work on the Sistine Chapel in Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral.

2000

Freedman, Russell.   Babe Didrikson Zaharias: the making of a champion

A biography of Babe Didrikson, who broke records in golf, track and field, and other sports, at a time when there were few opportunities for female athletes.

1999

Gherman, Beverly.   Norman Rockwell: storyteller with a brush

Describes the life and work of the popular American artist who depicted both traditional and contemporary subjects, including children, family scenes, astronauts, and the poor.

1999

Linnea, Sharon.   Princess Ka`iulani: hope of a nation, heart of a people

This biography tells the fascinating story of Princess Ka`iulani’s life and courageous fight for Hawaiian independence.  Using newly translated journals and letters Sharon Linnea introduces young readers to the most beloved figure in Hawaiian history. (Hawaiian Collection)

1999

Mah, Adeline Yen.   Chinese Cinderella: the true story of an unwanted daughter

The daughter of a wealthy Hong Kong businessman describes her very difficult childhood and the psychological abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepmother. 

1999

Peters, Stephanie True.   Gary Paulsen

Describes the multifaceted life of author Gary Paulsen, whose writings include adventure stories, survival tales, historical novels, sports stories, and nature books.

1999

Morgan, Nina.   Mother Teresa: saint of the poor

A biography of Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and dedicated her life to helping the destitute.

1998

Partridge, Elizabeth.   Restless Spirit: the life and work of Dorothea Lange

A biography of Dorothea Lange, whose photographs of migrant workers, Japanese American internees, and rural poverty helped bring about important social reforms.

1998

Spinelli, Jerry.   Knots in my yo-yo string: the autobiography of a kid

This Italian-American Newbery Medalist presents a humorous account of his childhood and youth in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

1998

Dyer, Daniel.   Jack London: a biography

Biography of the colorful American writer who had been an oyster pirate, a seal hunter, a mill worker, a hobo, and a political activist before becoming a popular author at the age of twenty-nine.

1997

Freedman, Russell.   Out of Darkness: the story of Louis Braille

A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman, who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

1997

Jackson, Livia Bitton.   I Have Lived a Thousand Years: growing up in the Holocaust

The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

1997

Kwan, Michelle.   Michelle Kwan, Heart of a Champion: an autobiography

The 1996 World Figure Skating Champion discusses the rigors of competition, the importance of a strong support group, her love of ice skating, and her Olympic dream.

1997

Severance, John B.   Gandhi, Great Soul

A biography of Mahatma Gandhi, whose mission in life was to help the 350 million people of India free themselves from British rule.

1997

St. George, Judith.   Sacagawea

Tells the story of the Shoshoni Indian girl who served as interpreter, peacemaker, and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest in 1805-1806.

1997

Szabo, Corinne.   Sky pioneer: a photobiography of Amelia Earhart

A biography, with numerous photographs and quotes from Earhart herself, tracing this determined woman’s life and interest in flying.

1997

Freedman, Russell.   The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands.

1996

George, Jean Craighead.   The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 other wild pets

A collection of autobiographical stories about raising a houseful of children and wild pets including crows, skunks, and raccoons.

1996

McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.   TV’s Forgotten Hero: the story of Philo Farnsworth

A biography of the persistent experimenter whose interest in electricity led him to develop an electronic television system in the 1920s.

1996

Neimark, Anne E.   Myth Maker: J.R.R. Tolkien

Follows the life and work of the renowned fantasy writer, creator of hobbits and Middle Earth and “The Lord of the Rings.”

1996

McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.   Ordinary Genius: the story of Albert Einstein

A chronicle of the life of the great scientist Albert Einstein features a simple yet informative text that focuses not only on his scientific discoveries but on his personal life, including his Jewish pride and his hatred of violence.

1995

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Morris, Willie.   My Dog Skip

The author tells about his days growing up in Mississippi with his dog, Skip.

1995

Aller, Susan Bivin.   J.M. Barrie: the magic behind Peter Pan

Readers will learn about the man who created the character as well as about the boys who inspired him.

1994

Bruchac, Joseph.   A Boy Called Slow: the true story of Sitting Bull

With great drama and poignancy Joseph Bruchac tells the true story about the childhood of the greatest Lakota hero--Sitting Bull.

1994

Burford, Betty.   Chocolate by Hershey: a story about Milton S. Hershey

Written in storybook format, this biography tells the story about the founder of the world's most famous chocolate factory.

1994

Coren, Michael.   The Man Who Created Narnia: the story of C.S. Lewis

Traces the life of the British author famous for writing the "Screwtape Letters," and the "Narnia Chronicles".

1994

Kendall, Martha E.   Steve Wozniak: inventor of the Apple computer

The story of the whiz kid of the Silicon Valley who built a computer when he was 11 and developed the revolutionary Apple just 15 years later.

1994

Anderson, Madelyn Klein.   Edgar Allan Poe: a mystery

Chronicles the troubled life of the nineteenth-century author, focusing on the haunting nature of his work.

1993

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Beneduce, Ann.   A Weekend with Winslow Homer

American painter Winslow Homer talks about his life and work as if entertaining the reader for the weekend. Includes reproductions of the artist's works and a list of museums where they are on display.

1993

Freedman, Russell.   Eleanor Roosevelt: a life of discovery

A photo biography of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.

1993

Green, Carl. R.   Jesse James

A biography of the outlaw who, with his brother Frank, led a gang of bank and train robbers from the late 1860’s through the 1870’s.

1992

Stanley, Diane.   Bard of Avon: the story of William Shakespeare

A brief biography of the world’s most famous playwright, using only historically correct information.

1992

Bober, Natalie.   A Restless Spirit: the story of Robert Frost

A biography of a famous American poet, detailing the events of his frequently unhappy life, his love for his wife and children, and the way all of this was woven into his poetry.

1991

Freedman, Russell.   The Wright Brothers: how they invented the airplane

Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.  Newberry Medal Honor Book 1992

1991

Greene, Katherine.   The Man Behind the Magic: the story of Walt Disney

Follows the life of Walt Disney from his boyhood on a Missouri farm through his struggles as a young animator to his building of a motion picture and amusement park empire.

1991

Simms, George Otto.   St. Patrick: the real story of Patrick, who became Ireland’s patron saint

George Otto Simms goes back to Patrick's Confession and other writings to separate the man from the myth. The result is a vivid story of a man of great strength and courage, his adventures and trials, told in a way that will appeal to all ages.

1991

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Simon, Sheridan.   Stephen Hawking: unlocking the universe

Examines the education, research, and personal life of the renowned British theoretical physicist who has taken the study of cosmology farther than most in his field, despite his need for wheelchair and computer in order to travel and communicate.

1991

Freedman, Russell.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Photographs and text trace the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his birth in 1882 through his youth, early political career, and presidency, to his death in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945.

1990

Kamen, Gloria.   Edward Lear, King of Nonsense: a biography

Examines the life and career of the nineteenth-century writer-artist who was renowned for his nonsense verse.

1990

Parks, Rosa.   Rosa Parks: my story

Even those familiar with her name will realize on reading this engrossing account how little they really know of Parks’ life and the events that surrounded the dawning Civil Rights movement.

1990

Weidt, Maryann N.   Mr. Blue Jeans: a story about Levi Strauss

Traces the life of the immigrant Jewish peddler who went on to found Levi Strauss & Co., the world’s first and largest manufacturer of denim jeans.

1990

Peet, Bill.   Bill Peet: an autobiography

The well-known author and illustrator relates the story of his life and work.

1989

Tanehaus, Sam.   Louis Armstrong

A biography of the famous trumpeter who was one of the first great improvisers in jazz history,

1989

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Dahl, Roald.   Boy: tales of childhood

Humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood describe summer vacations in Norway and life in an English boarding school.

1984

McKissack, Pat.   Martin Luther King, Jr.: a man to remember

A biography of the Baptist minister from Georgia who led a non-violent crusade against racial segregation which resulted in new awareness among Americans of all colors of the principles of which their nation was founded.

1984

Clapp, Patricia.   Dr. Elizabeth: the story of the first woman doctor

A biography of the first woman doctor written as if she herself were relating her struggles to become a physician and open the field of medicine to women.

1974

Barth, Edna.   I’m Nobody! Who Are You: the story of Emily Dickinson

A biography of the woman whose posthumously published poetry brought her the public attention she had carefully avoided during her lifetime. Includes many of her poems.

1971

Yates, Elizabeth.   Amos Fortune, Free Man

The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

1950

Mellen, Kathleen Dickenson.   The Lonely Warrior: the life and times of Kamehameha the Great of Hawaii

(Hawaiian Collection)

1949