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No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

Susan Hughes (2008), 80 pages
Illustrated by Willow Dawson
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Folklore, Graphic Novel, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction
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This unusual graphic novel tells the tales of women who dared to defy convention and do things that were forbidden for women to do--while disguised as men! The bold, black and white illustrations and distinctive style bring to life these fascinating stories. Read about a female pharoah, a woman who commanded a Viking raiding ship, a soldier, and more. These women showed bravery equal to or more than that of your typical hero. They risked all to be free, to love who they wanted, for power and for adventure, and their legendary tales make for an amazing read.
Similar books: Independent Dames by Laurie Halse Anderson; Women Daredevils by Julie Cummins; The Serpent Slayer: and Other Stories of Strong Women by Katrin Tchana
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 2/1/2013
ISBN-10: 1554531772
ISBN-13: 9781554531776
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Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

Brian Dennis (2009), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Nonfiction
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Marine, Brian Dennis, finds a dog in the desert of Iraq. While Brian's team is working at the fort, the dog, Nubs, becomes his constant companion, but when the team has to leave, Brian must leave Nubs behind. It is against the rules for a marine to have a pet. Brian visits the fort several times and Nubs is always there waiting for him. One day, Nubs decides he won't be left behind. He follows the team 70 miles through the cold winter desert just to be with his best friend. Brian matches Nubs' determination and starts the process of sending Nubs to America and a new life.
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Award Nominee
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 4/26/2013
ISBN-13: 9780316053181
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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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Odd Jobs: The Wackiest Jobs You've Never Heard Of

Ellen Weiss (2000), 80 pages
Illustrated by Damon Ross
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Twelve people with interesting, or unusual, occupations talk about their jobs from training, and experience, to working conditions. Odd jobs include an alligator catcher, a movie sound effects man, and a master bug wrangler.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0689829345
ISBN-13: 9780689829345
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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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