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A Fist for Joe Louis and Me

Trinka Hakes Noble (author) Nicole Tadgell (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146174

Gordy and his family live in Detroit, Michigan, the heart of the United States automobile industry. Every night after coming home from work at one of the plants, Gordy's father teaches him how to box. Their hero is the famous American boxer Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit. But the Great Depression has come down hard on the economy. Detroit's auto industry is affected and thousands of people lose their jobs, including Gordy's father. When his mother takes on work with a Jewish tailor, Gordy becomes friends with Ira, the tailor's son, bonding over their shared interest in boxing and Joe Louis. As the boys' friendship grows, Gordy feels protective of Ira, wanting to help the new boy fit in. At the same time, America is gearing up for the rematch between Joe Louis and the German boxer, Max Schmeling. For many Americans this fight is about good versus evil (US against Nazi Germany). Against the backdrop of the 1938 Fight of the Century, a young boy learns what it means to make a stand for a friend.

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest

Aimee Bissonette (author) Doris Ettlinger (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126404

When she was seven years old, Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock took her first airplane ride. She decided then and there to be a pilot. Growing up, she was inspired by radio broadcasts detailing the travels of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot's license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart's exact route. Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. This picture book retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.

The First Men Who Went to the Moon

Rhonda Gowler Greene (author) Scott Brundage (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138360

2020 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to the nation: land astronauts on the moon by the end of the decade. The Apollo program was designed by NASA to meet that challenge, and on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin. Apollo 11's prime mission objective: "Perform a manned lunar landing and return." Four days after take-off, the Lunar Module "Eagle," carrying Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the Command Module "Columbia," and descended to the moon. Armstrong reported back to Houston's Command Center, "The Eagle has landed." America and the world watched in wonder and awe as a new chapter in space exploration opened. Through verse and informational text, author Rhonda Gowler Greene celebrates Apollo 11's historic moon landing.

Write On, Irving Berlin!

Leslie Kimmelman (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122963

Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including "God Bless America," continue to be popular today.

Ammonoids

Susan H. Gray (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602537293

These now-extinct cephalods were the predecessors of modern-day squid, octopus, and nautilus and survived for nearly 335 million years! Young readers will discover how these shelled creatures came in myriad shapes, sizes, and designs, and how they managed to outlast several mass extinctions until about 65 million years ago.

Civil War Spy Stories

Emma Huddleston (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503847262

Gives readers a thrilling, behind-the-scenes look into how Civil War spies gathered information for the Union and Confederacy. Learn about the tools that daring spies used during this conflict, and how spies such as Harriet Tubman and Rose Greenhow risked their lives for the causes they believed in. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

The Midwest

Rebecca Felix (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781623236656

Explores the Midwest region, including the rolling plains and farmland, big climate changes, and hot dish.

World War I Spy Stories

Martha London (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503847309

Gives readers a thrilling, behind-the-scenes look into how World War I spies gathered information for the Allied and Central powers. Learn about the tools that daring spies used during this conflict, and how spies such as Louise de Bettignies and Edith Cavell worked in secret to help their side win the war. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Our Founding Fathers

M. Weber (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846340

Learn about the men who played the most important roles in the founding of the United States government, from George Washington and Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author.

U.S. Presidents

Sheryl Peterson (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846326

Highlights fascinating facts about U.S. presidents, from the president who was afraid to touch light switches to the president that banned broccoli. Learn about the president's dog who was so popular that he needed his own secretary, the president who befriended a burglar, the president who had his staff hide from him, and more! Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

The White House

M. Weber (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846364

Learn about the home of the presidents of the United States, how it was built, its history, and the changes it has undergone. Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author.

Political Parties

M. Weber (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846357

Learn how about the United States' two main political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans. Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author.

Race to Space

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837867

Offers readers a captivating look into the race between the United States and Soviet Union for space dominance. Learn about the many missions into space and humankind's first journey to the moon. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Race to Mount Everest

Janie Havemeyer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837843

Offers readers a captivating look into the race against time and difficult weather conditions in order to reach the top of Mount Everest. Learn about what climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay went through to summit the tall mountain. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Race to the Bottom of the Ocean

Gretchen Maurer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837874

Offers readers a captivating look into the personal race of James Cameron as he strives to reach the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. Learn about how Cameron created a submarine to take him far below the ocean's surface, and what he saw there. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Race to Renewable Energy

Laura Perdew (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837850

Offers readers a captivating look into the race to develop and use renewable energy sources. Learn about how the United States is using energy from the sun, wind, and other sources to fight climate change. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Race to Discover Energy Independence

Laura Perdew (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837836

Offers readers a captivating look into the race for the United States to become energy independent. Learn about the energy sources used throughout the United States and efforts to become less dependent on foreign countries for energy. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Race around the World

Jeanne Marie Ford (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837812

Offers readers a captivating look into the race between journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland as they compete to be the first person to travel around the globe in less than 80 days. Learn about how these female journalists broke barriers for women in the United States. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

All-Time Best WNBA Players

Ellen Labrecque (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503836730

Our expert author picks the best players in the 20-plus year history of the WNBA. Find out what made the players stars and how they helped build the league into what it has become. Additional features to enhance the text include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, an introduction to the author, and sources for further research.

WNBA Champions

Ellen Labrecque (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503836754

Every year, the WNBA crowns a champion. In this book, meet all of them! Find out which teams have won the most championships, who the top players were on the teams, and what made them into champions. Additional features to enhance the text include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, an introduction to the author, and sources for further research.

WNBA Records and Trivia

K. C. Kelley (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503836761

Who scored the most points? Who played the most games? Which players have carved their names into the WNBA record books? Find out who has piled up the points and see the records that need breaking! Additional features to enhance the text include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, an introduction to the author, and sources for further research.

Race to the Poles

Amy C. Rea (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503837881

Offers readers a captivating look into the races between different groups of people to reach the North and South Poles first. Learn about how these explorers handled the extreme weather and why they risked their lives to accomplish their goal. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Russian Immigrants: In Their Shoes

Barbara Krasner (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503832862

Offers readers a compelling look into the lives, challenges, and successes of Russian immigrants. Additional features include a Fast Facts page, a timeline, informative photo captions, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, additional resources for further study, and an index.

Muslim Immigrants: In Their Shoes

Amy C. Rea (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503832855

Offers readers a compelling look into the lives, challenges, and successes of Muslim immigrants. Additional features include a Fast Facts page, a timeline, informative photo captions, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, additional resources for further study, and an index.

Jewish Immigrants: In Their Shoes

Barbara Krasner (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503832848

Offers readers a compelling look into the lives, challenges, and successes of Jewish immigrants. Additional features include a Fast Facts page, a timeline, informative photo captions, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, additional resources for further study, and an index.