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Celebrate Feeling

Heidi Bratton (2000), 32 pages
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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God loves us, and always understands our feelings. Different feelings, from being scared to silly to grumpy, are featured in full-page photographs of children. And, even though our feelings change, Jesus is always with us.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0570070937
ISBN-13: 9780570070931
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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

James L. Swanson (2009), 208 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Historical, Nonfiction
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In April 1865, the country was struggling to get back on its feet. The Civil War had ended, and as they began the slow process of rebuilding the Union, a confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth plotted. Booth was a famous actor, and he hated Lincoln, calling him a tyrant and worse. After several failed plots, he shot Lincoln in the head. Then he ran, and was pursued by the law for 12 heart-stopping days before he was captured. Chasing Lincoln's Killer is an exciting historical thriller that describes the days leading up to Lincoln's assassination and follows Booth's desperate attempt to escape justice. Most of the dialogue was taken from original sources, which makes the book especially gripping. This book reads like fiction, and even those who are not fans of nonfiction will enjoy it.
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 10/20/2012
ISBN-10: 0439903548
ISBN-13: 9780545204705
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Chocolate Bar

Sarah Ridley (2005), 32 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Do you enjoy the rich creamy satisfying flavor of a chocolate bar? Find out how it is made in this beautifully photographed book. They begin in a Ghana cocoa farm and end the journey in the factory. It also briefly discusses the practice of fair trade and includes facts about chocolate's cultural history in Central America and Europe. To finish the experience, the author has included a glossary. This is a great book to use for a report!
Book Series: How It's Made
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 10/21/2010
ISBN-10: 0836862937
ISBN-13: 9780836862935
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Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate

Janice Cohn (2000), 39 pages
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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In 1993, Billings, Montana was a town whose peace was broken by hate clubs, who victimized those in the community who were not members of the majority: particularly, Native Americans, blacks, and Jews. During the 1993 holiday season, a rock was hurled through a boy's bedroom window, where a menorah was displayed. In response, the community banded together and showed their support for their Jewish neighbors by displaying menorahs in all windows. As a result, school children learned more about the Jewish faith and how the people had been persecuted in previous times. Slowly, the acts of hatred came to a stop.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0807511536
ISBN-13: 9780807511534
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Phillip M Hoose (2009), 144 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Segregation in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 meant paying attention to all the laws and rules if you were a negro: NEVER touch a white person, walk on the opposite side of the street as white people, pay your bus fare at the front of the bus but enter through the back door, NEVER sit in the first 10 rows, and give up your seat for a white person. There were severe consequences if you did anything the wrong way. On March 2, 1955, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested, thrown into a squad car and verbally insulted all the way to jail - she refused to stand and give up her seat to a white woman. So begins Claudette standing up for her rights as a citizen of the United States. This well-researched biography brings to life the civil rights movement of 1955-56 in Montgomery, Alabama including the bus boycott and the roles of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., and how Claudette contributed to changing the course of American history.
Awards nominated: 2009 National Book Award Finalist
Awards won: Newbery Honor 2010
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 2/3/2010
ISBN-10: 0374313229
ISBN-13: 9780374313227
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