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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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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics

Catherine Thimmesh (2004), 80 pages
Illustrated by Douglas B. Jones
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Nonfiction
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At the beginning of this book, a girl says, 'When I grow up, I'm going to be President of the United States.' She could be right! This book tells the stories of many different powerful women in governments all over the world, from Abigail Adams back in 18th-century America to Benazir Bhutto in 20th-century Pakistan. Girls who like to be in charge should read this book.
Similar authors: Kathleen Krull
Similar books: The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-new Colors by Chris Barton
Reviewed by: klawson
Date read: 10/17/2014
ISBN-10: 0618396667
ISBN-13: 9780618396665
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Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

Rob D. Walker (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
Audience: Preschool - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Nonfiction
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Twelve mothers from cultures and countries as diverse as Cherokee, Japanese, Quechua, Denmark and the United States give their sons ideals to strive for to become good and honorable men. The lovely pictures show the mothers instructing or showing by example how to grow into a compassionate, courageous and loving adults.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 9/9/2015
ISBN-13: 9780439932080
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Man Who Walked Between The Towers

Mordicai Gerstein (2003), 40 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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The young reader can read all about the amazing feat of a French aerialist, named Philippe Petit. In 1974, this death-defying daredevil danced, walked, and performed for over an hour on a thin cable stretched between the World Trade Center Towers. 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein gives testament to the grandness and majesty of the World Trade Center and the courage of the man who danced between them.
Similar authors: Emily Arnold McCully; Mary Calhoun; Julie Cummins
Similar books: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg; Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper by Julie Cummins; Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills by Julie Cummins; The Girl On the High-Diving Horse by Linda Oatman High; Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully; High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun
Awards won: Caldecott Medal
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2011
ISBN-10: 0761317910
ISBN-13: 9780761317913
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