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Number the Stars

Lois Lowry (1989), 144 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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During World War II, Annemarie, a ten-year-old Danish girl, and her family, help Jewish people escape the Nazis, when they invade Denmark. Find out if Annemarie is able to save her friend, Ellen, from the cruelty of the Nazis in this exciting story. This won the Newbery Medal in 1990 and the Rebeca Caudill Award in 1992.
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/12/2009
ISBN-10: 0395510600
ISBN-13: 9780395510605
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Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein

Don Brown (2004), 32 pages
Audience: K - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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You've probably heard of Albert Einstein, but you may not know much about him. Albert was always a little different. He was smart, that's for sure, but also odd. He had a temper, and he did NOT get along with his little sister. As Albert grew up, he had trouble in school. His brain just worked a little differently. But Albert was always curious, and always trying to figure things out. His ideas would make him famous, and would lead to the inventions of all sorts of things that we use today. This biography doesn't try to explain all of the complicated things that Einstein thought about, but it will give you a good idea of what he was like.
Similar books: Starry Messenger by Peter Sis; Leonardo Da Vinvi by Diane Stanley; The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jaques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 5/14/2012
ISBN-10: 0618492984
ISBN-13: 9780618492985
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Of Numbers And Stars: The Story of Hypatia

D. Anne Love (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Pam Paparone
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Easy Reader, Especially for Girls, Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Hypatia was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the fourth century. When she was born, her father, the mathematician Theon, pledged to teach her everything he knew. In the book, 'Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia' by D.Anne Love, we learn how Hypatia's father kept that promise. She grew up to be a women famous for her knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy. Young scholars flocked to Egypt from all over the world to be her students. In an age when girls weren't even allowed to learn how to read and write, Hypatia became one of the most accomplished women of the ancient world.
Similar authors: Diane Stanley
Similar books: The Birth of Mathematics: Ancient Times to 1300 by Michael John Bradley; Cleopatra by Diane Stanley; Outrageous Women of Ancient Times by Vicki Leon; Ancient Mathematics by Rob Staeger
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/2/2010
ISBN-10: 0823416216
ISBN-13: 9780823416219
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Okay for Now

Gary D. Schmidt (2011), 368 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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It's 1968 and Doug Swietek's father has just been fired from his job. Suddenly, he uproots the entire family and moves to 'stupid' Marysville, NY. Doug doesn't know anybody in town. At home, his father is physically abusive and his older brother steals anything good Doug has ever owned. His oldest brother, Lucas, is fighting in Viet Nam. As school starts, Doug finds that he has to fight to separate himself from his brother's reputation as a hoodlum. Slowly, Doug starts to make friends and establish his own reputation, at least with some people. Through the art work of James Audobon, his friend Lil Spicer and a few caring adults, Doug finds that not only do some people care about him, but he can care about others as well. 'Do you know what that feels like?'
Similar books: Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 5/17/2013
ISBN-10: 0547152604
ISBN-13: 9780547152608
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Old Crump: The True Story of a Trip West

Laurie Lawlor (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by John Winch
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Picture Books
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Old Crump is based on a true story of the trip west by a family during the California Gold Rush. Old Crump is an ox, who carries the kids on his back through the heat and drought of Death Valley. This faithful ox kept going when all of the others had given up. His stamina, and perseverance, helped the family reach their new home, where, in return for his loyalty, he lived out the remainder of his days with them, contentedly grazing in the San Joaquin Valley.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 5/18/2009
ISBN-10: 0823416089
ISBN-13: 9780823416080
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