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J. K. Rowling: Author of Harry Potter

Karen Harmin (2006), 128 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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J. K. Rowling had always wanted to be a writer. However, she didn't become one right away. After earning a teaching certificate, teaching, marrying, having a daughter and divorcing, she decided to put on paper the ideas that had been dancing in her head for many years. The Harry Potter series is the result. Ms. Rowling did not expect her first book to be read by so many students and adults but one reason they did is because she 'created a vivid, realistic world with hundreds of small details.' This well-researched and clearly written biography has color photos and informative sidebars to help the reader understand J. K. Rowling as the author, her writing and as a person.
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 1/23/2012
ISBN-10: 0766018504
ISBN-13: 9780766018501
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Janusz Korczak's Children

Gloria Spielman (2007), 40 pages
Illustrated by Matthew Archambault
Audience: 2nd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Janusz Korczak loved children. Growing up in Poland, he saw how children were treated and wanted to make their lives a little easier and brighter. When Janusz became a young man, he studied to become a doctor. He wanted to make sure that all children, rich or poor, could get proper medical care. In 1912, he constructed an orphanage to take care of the children that no one wanted. When German soldiers invaded Poland in 1939, the lives of all Jewish children were in peril. Janusz did all he could to protect them. However, tragically in 1942, Adolf Hitler sent Janusz and his 192 orphans to Treblinka, a concentration camp. Even though there were many offers to save him, Janusz refused to be separated from the children in his care. He and his orphans lost their lives in the concentration camp. Read how one man's dedication, kindness, and generosity of spirit made the world a better place for children.
Similar books: The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomasz Bogacki; King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak Shadow of the Wall by Christa Laird
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/2/2010
ISBN-10: 1580132553
ISBN-13: 9781580132558
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Jennifer Lawrence

Marie Morreale (2015), 48 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Biography, Books about Girls, Nonfiction
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You know her face from the X-Men and Hunger Games movies, but what's her real story? This book will give you all the background on Jennifer Lawrence's life so far, along with her early acting jobs and her quick rise to superstardom. Packed with quotes and fun facts, this book is a must for any movie fan!
Book Series: Real Bios
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 1/6/2016
ISBN-10: 0531213757
ISBN-13: 9780531213759
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Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue

Deborah Rose (2013), 32 pages
Illustrated by Susan Kelly
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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This is the story of Jimmy, the baby Koala who was taken in and raised by the Koala Hospital after its mother was killed. Fortunately, Jimmy was able to be released back into the wild.
Awards nominated: 2015 Monarch Award Nominee
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 4/7/2014
ISBN-10: 1426313713
ISBN-13: 9781426313714
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Joan of Arc: Heroine of France

Ann Tompert (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Michael Garland
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Biography, Books about Girls, Historical, Nonfiction
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'Joan of Arc: Heroine of France' by Ann Tompert is a beautifully written and illustrated narrative biography of the life of St. Joan. Joan was born in the village of Domremy, France over 500 years ago. Before she reached the age of 17, she was visited by St. Michael the Archangel and instructed by God to take command of the French forces. Her mission was to drive the English out of France and to help lead the Dauphin Charles to Rheims to become 'officially' crowned the King of France. Although her life ended in tragedy, Joan accomplished her mission and has become one of the most famous and beloved heroines of France.
Similar authors: Josephine Poole; Diane Stanley; Shana Corey
Similar books: Warrior Girl: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Paulie Chandler; Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole; Saint Valentine by Ann Tompert; St. Patrick by Ann Tompert; Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert; Joan of Arc by Shana Corey
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/21/2010
ISBN-10: 1590780094
ISBN-13: 9781590780091
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