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Lonek's Journey: The True Story of a Boy's Escape to Freedom

Dorit Bader Whiteman (2005), 137 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Eleven year old Lonek is a typical boy when his story begins, playing soccer, teasing his 3 year old brother, enjoying wonderful meals with his family and complaining about too much homework. However, this is a Jewish family living in Poland in 1939 and their happy life is about to change. After Hitler invades Poland, his secret police begin rounding up people that do not fit the Aryan ideal. Luckily, the family has enough money to hide in the country, and eventually settle in the Russian side of Poland. Shortly after, Lonek's family is one of the thousands that Stalin's police round up in the middle of the night, and send to a gulag in Siberia. They don't know what is worse: the subzero winters, boiling summers or constant starvation. One year later, Stalin releases many of the inmates for political reasons and the family is to follow Colonel Anders back to Poland. By this time, they are so starved and weakened that Lonek's Mother makes the hard decision to leave him in an orphanage, where at least, he will be fed. There, it is decided the numerous orphans will be sent to Palestine. Another long dangerous journey ensues and after two years, and traveling over 12,500 miles, Lonek is welcomed by the people in Palestine. This is a true, exciting, and heartbreaking little known story of the over a thousand Jewish children who were rescued and sent on to a better life in Palestine.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 2/25/2013
ISBN-13: 0001595720219
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Look-It-Up Book of First Ladies

Sydelle Kramer (2001), 128 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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When did the term 'First Lady' get coined? What first lady was referred to as 'Her Majesty,' or 'Mrs. President,' behind her back? Who was the First Lady that was quoted as saying 'The White House belongs to the American People'? This quick, concise guide follows each First Lady from birth through The White House years, and gives you a true snapshot of each First Lady's life.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0613328043
ISBN-13: 9780613328043
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Lords of the Sea: The Vikings Explore the North Atlantic

Allison Lassieur (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ron Frens
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Books about Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical, Nonfiction
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The Vikings were excellent seafarers with strong, fast ships. When farmland became scarce in Scandinavia, they began exploring across the ocean. This graphic novel illustrates the story of their travels; first to England and Ireland, and then across the Atlantic Ocean. They found Iceland, Greenland, and were the first Europeans to land on North America.
Book Series: Graphic History
Similar books: Graphic Biographies series Graphic Science series
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 11/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0736849742
ISBN-13: 9780736849746
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Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan

Jane Yolen (2010), 32 pages
Illustrated by Steve Adams
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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John, called Jamie, Barrie was born in 1860 in a small town in Scotland, the last of seven children. He was lucky enough to have a mother who read to her children nightly, books she would borrow from the library for a penny a day. If they ran out of stories to read, eight year old John would hurry to his room and write his own. At the insistence of his parents, he attended Edinburgh University and fell in love with the theater and writing. He was lucky enough to become a moderately famous play write, and did marry an actress in one of his plays. He was happiest though telling stories to young children he met in the parks and watching them play. One such family was the Llewelyn Davies family who had five young boys. The two families became good friends and Jamie often entertained the boys by creating haunted groves, wrecked islands and black lagoons on his property. In 1904, he wrote his masterpiece: Peter Pan. It used all the games the boys had played: pirates, Indians, fairies, and crocodiles. He later wrote to the boys that Peter Pan was a character 'I made by rubbing the five of you together.' When the play opened, Peter's agent (and financial backer) insisted the part of Peter be played by a female, as it has ever since. Three years after the opening of Peter Pan, Mr. Llewelyn Davies died and his wife, three years after that. Jamie (or Uncle Jim) became the boys' legal guardian, his boys until the end When Jamie died, in 1937, he had already gifted the copyright for Peter Pan to Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children in London, where any money made from the book, play or associated sales still goes.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 1/18/2012
ISBN-13: 9780525478867
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Macbeth: The Graphic Novel

William Shakespeare (2008), 144 pages
Illustrated by Dobbyn
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction
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Macbeth and his comrade Banquo are brave warriors fighting on behalf of King Duncan, King of Scotland. After saving King Duncan's realm from the Norwegians, King Duncan declares that Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor. But three witches have declared Macbeth will kill King Duncan and become king. Once Macbeth returns home, his greedy wife, Lady Macbeth, convinces him to kill his comrade Banquo, then the king. Macbeth's values cause him to have nightmares and see ghost of those he has killed. Will Macbeth become King of Scotland or will his conscious be the end of him? This book is an excellent introduction to Shakespeare in an easy to understand format. The book also includes an illustrated cast of characters.
Reviewed by: lspraner
Date read: 9/25/2013
ISBN-10: 1906332460
ISBN-13: 9781906332464
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