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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice



Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
By Hoose, Phillip M.
2009-01 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374313227 Check Our Catalog

2009 National Book Award Winner-Young People's Literature

In March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks triggered the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., by refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, a 15-year-old Montgomery girl, Claudette Colvin, let herself be arrested and dragged off the bus for the same reason. Investigating Colvin's actions, asking why Rosa Parks's role has overshadowed Colvin's, Hoose introduces readers to a resolute and courageous teenager and explores the politics of the NAACP and bus-boycott leadership. …More

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution



Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
By Anderson, Laurie Halse
Illustrator Faulkner, Matt
2008-06 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9780689858086 Check Our Catalog

With superbly researched information and detailed illustrations, Anderson and Faulkner combine historical facts and humor together in this engaging--and long overdue--homage to the women and the role they played in the founding of America. Full color. …More

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide


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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
By Kristof, Nicholas D.
Author WuDunn, Sheryl
2009-09 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307267146 Check Our Catalog

Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. …More

Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania



Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania
By Molnar, Haya Leah
2010-03 - Farrar Straus Giroux
0374318409 Check Our Catalog

With razor-sharp depictions of her animated relatives, Molnar's memoir of her childhood captures with touching precocity the very adult realities of living behind the Iron Curtain. Photos. …More

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present



When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
By Collins, Gail
2009-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316059541 Check Our Catalog

Picking up where her previous successful book, "America's Women," left off, Collins recounts the sea change women have experienced since 1960. A comprehensive mix of oral history and keen research, this is the definitive book about five crucial decades of progress. …More

Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean



Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean
By Taylor, Sarah Stewart
Illustrator Towle, Ben
2010-02 - Hyperion Books
9781423113379 Check Our Catalog

In this biography of aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Taylor and Towle focus on Amelia's triumphant crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, offering readers a glimpse at her relentless ambition and her tireless will to promote women's rights. Illustrations. …More

Iraqigirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq



Iraqigirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq
By Iraqigirl
Editor Wrigley-Field, Elizabeth
2009-08 - Haymarket Books
9781931859738 Check Our Catalog

In a country torn apart by war, a teenage girl blogs her story of family, friendship, and life under American occupation. …More

Joan of Arc: Heavenly Warrior



Joan of Arc: Heavenly Warrior
By Yeatts, Tabatha
2009-02 - Sterling
9781402756627 Check Our Catalog

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Michelle Obama: An American Story



Michelle Obama: An American Story
By Colbert, David
2009-01 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547249414 Check Our Catalog

Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago's South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This look at Michelle Obama's life and the turning points that shaped her shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day. But this is more than a straight chronological retelling. This book looks at Michelle Obama's life story within the context of the larger movements in African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era. History is what has shaped Michelle and challenged her. And ultimately, not only has she overcome any obstacles put before her, she has carved out her own place in history as well. Includes 16 pages of color photos. …More

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House



Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House
By Metselaar, Menno
Author Van Der Rol, Ruud
Translator Pomerans, Arnold J.
2009-09 - Flash Point
159643547x Check Our Catalog

On a summer in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indispensable visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature. …More