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26 Fairmount Avenue

Tomie dePaola (1999), 64 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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'26 Fairmount Ave' by Tomie De Paola is a brief autobiography of events that take place during an early part of his life. In this book, Tomie De Paola shares with us the various excitements and disappointments he experiences as his family builds a new house on 26 Fairmount Ave. Anyone who has ever needed to be patient and wait for something very special to occur will be able to sympathize with Tomie as events happen to postpone moving in to his new home.
Awards nominated: 2005 Monarch Award Nominee
Awards won: 2000 Newbery Honor Book
Reviewed by: mbottger
Date read: 7/24/2013
ISBN-10: 039923246X
ISBN-13: 9780399232466
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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Doreen Rappaport (2008), 48 pages
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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This beautifully illustrated biography of Abraham Lincoln has profound and not so profound words that he said on the bottom of each page. 'Abraham Lincoln is my name, and with my pen I wrote the same. I wrote in both haste and speed and left it here for fools to read.' Abe Lincoln's simple, understated ways that brought about profound national change are showcased in this book.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 3/24/2010
ISBN-10: 1423104080
ISBN-13: 9781423104087
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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Bethany Hegedus (2018), 40 pages
Illustrated by Erin McGuire
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Books about Girls, Historical
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This is the story of a girl who wrote one of the all-time favorite American books. Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. She did not act or dress the way girls were expected to. Instead, she wore overalls, climbed trees, and her best friend was a boy named Tru who she protected from bullies. They created stories together but Tru had to move to New York City. Nelle's father was a lawyer and she would watch him try cases in front of judges and juries. After college and some law school, Nelle moved to New York City to be a writer. Her friend Tru (Truman Capote) had become a famous author and he helped her publish a novel set in their home town of Monroeville. To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, spoke to a nation dealing with the question of civil rights. Nelle's novel showed how people sometimes judge other people just because of their skin color. It became a best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Similar authors: Raphaele Frier; Andrea Davis Pinkney; Aaron Reynolds
Similar books: Malala : Activist for Girls' Education ; Martin Rising : Requiem for a King ; Back of the Bus ; Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride
Reviewed by: Julia
Date read: 3/20/2018
ISBN-10: 0062456709
ISBN-13: 9780062456700
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Alice Paul

Elizabeth Raum (2004), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Alice Paul spent her whole life working for women's rights. She was born in 1885, when women could not vote, and most girls did not go to college. However, her parents thought education was important. Alice got a college degree in social work, and eventually went back to college for two law degrees. While Alice was studying in England, she started working with the suffragists, women who were fighting for a woman's right to vote. She continued her work for voting rights after she returned home to the United States. She was put in jail several times while marching for voting rights. Finally, in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was passed! After 1920, Alice worked for equal rights for all women around the world. She made sure that the charter for the United Nations included equal rights for all people. Part of the American Lives series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 1403457034
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Annie Oakley

Kathleen Thompson & Gleiter (1995), 32 pages
Illustrated by Yoshi Miyake
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Books about Girls, Easy Reader, Historical, Nonfiction
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Annie Oakley by Jan Gleiter and Kathleen Thompson tells the true life story of the legend Annie Oakley. Growing up, Annie's family was very poor. She did all she could to raise money to help her mom and dad. Earning enough money to put food on the table was very hard, until Annie fired her first shot. Annie became the best shot in Greenville. She was able to sell all the quail, beaver, and mink she could shoot to the storekeeper, Mr. Katzenberger. This helped Annie's family. One day, Annie Oakley entered a shooting contest where she met and beat her husband. They married and later joined the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. She became famous as the, 'Little Girl of the Western Plains'. Annie Oakley had a long career with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show where she became one of our most beloved American Legends.
Book Series: First Biographies
Similar authors: Marlene Toby; Haydn Middleton; Andrew Langley; Donna Latham
Similar books: Kit Carson by Jan Gleiter; Christopher Columbus by Jan Gleiter; Pocahontas by Jan Gleiter; Paul Revere by Jan Gleiter; Sacagawea by Jan Gleiter; Booker T. Washington by Jan Gleiter
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0811484513
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