The futility of war
The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WWII.
The Little Refugee
Anh's true story is an outstanding one to share with young readers.
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
What happens if a well known character decides to tell his author's story?
I, Juan de Pareja
A sensitive fictional account of the life of Juan de Pareja, slave of the painter Velaszquez.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
This dramatized biography brings to life the challenges of navigation in the 18th century.
The True Saint Nicholas
Who is the real Santa Claus?
Amos Fortune, Free Man
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
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