Fourteen-year-old Ruth's life changes dramatically after her father, commander of the Swiss border patrol in St. Gallen, Switzerland, is arrested for helping over 3,000 Jews escape the Holocaust.
Twelve-year-old Jacob and his family face many hardships when they leave their home in Germany to start a new life in Texas.
A boy from New York is sent west on an "orphan train" to Illinois, where he becomes an indentured servant to a family who teaches him how to be a farmer.
Gina Mendoza is not happy about having to cancel her weekend plans when Ricky Vargas, the son of her mother's old friend Lupe, comes for a visit, especially when she finds out that Ricky is blind.
A young Cuban boy and his family leave Cuba secretly after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and use the family fishing boat to make their way to a new life in Florida.
Young Kentuckian Sam Jones leaves the farm he works with the help of slaves to fight for the Confederacy, while his older brother, Ned, who helps the Underground Railroad, joins the Union Army.
After Daniel Purcell's mother dies in childbirth, his father soon brings home a young woman, named Katherine, as his new wife.
Cammy's dad retells the story of his experiences in the Vietnam War and the fate of a baby girl he found alive under a mat in a ransacked village.
This fact-based account tells how Mary Read spent a year working and fighting side-by-side with pirates.
What was life like before the Civil War? Why did the war begin? How did it end? This book answers these and other questions.
When the Confederacy threatens to call 14-year-old Daniel Mayfield into service, the Mayfield family contemplates traveling north to Kentucky, a neutral state.
The fictional Domato family came to the United States from Italy to find a new life. The family came to realize that as immigrants, they were not welcomed by all Americans.
The fictional chapters of this book tell the story of Luke Fletcher and his family as they make their journey along the Oregon Trail. The book's nonfiction chapters detail the realities of life on the Oregon Trail.
When the only family Joshua has ever known passes away, he decides to leave his life of slavery behind. He takes a covered wagon, a steamboat, and a train on his journey north to freedom.
This book looks at the political parties, the democratic process, and elections in the United States. Reading Essentials in Social Studies.
This book discusses the Vietnam War, its effects on America, and how the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was conceived. Reading Essentials in Social Studies.
This book takes a scientific look at the destruction of different habitats. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book takes a scientific look at global warming. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book takes a scientific look at keeping our food and water safe. Reading Essentials in Science.
All life depends on the layers of gases that surround the Earth. This book explains the importance of the atmosphere for life on Earth, discussing the gases that make up the air, water vapor in the atmosphere, air pressure and movement, the layers of the atmosphere, and global warming. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book takes a scientific look at different energy sources. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book takes a scientific look at consumption and waste. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book is an introduction to the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Reading Essentials in Science.
Atomic (nuclear) energy and technology can be used to produce electricity, power ships, preserve foods, and to diagnose and treat diseases. This book presents an introduction to atomic energy, covering topics such as the structure of an atom, fusion, fission, nuclear power plants, and the debate over atomic energy. Reading Essentials in Science.