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These books are nonfiction for ages 9–12.
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Nonfiction 9–12


Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer
Another in the excellent Young Patriots Series, this book chronicles the young life and subsequent fame of Eddie Rickenbacker, who made a name for himself during World War I as an ace fighter pilot and also as a race care driver.

Freedom Struggle
This great little book from National Geographic is subtitled The Anti-Slavery Movement in America. It follows the growth of both slavery and the struggle against, culminating in the Civil War. It also includes primary sources, dueling points of view analysis, and a great glossary.

George Rogers Clark: Boy of the Northwest Frontier
Book Eight in the wonderful Young Patriots Series is George Rogers Clark, Boy of the Northwest Frontier, by Katherine E. Wilkie. This book does a good job of setting the scene for the youngster's later history-making activities, then includes them, building a well-rounded picture of a young boy who puts his penchant for adventure and excitement to good use in defending his country.

George vs. George
It is the mark of a good author to take a familiar subject and make it seem new again. This is what Rosalyn Schanzer has done with the American Revolutionary War in her new book, George vs. George. Schanzer, an accomplished expert on the subject, has added enough new material and worked hard enough to make the illustrations (all of which she did as well) look authentic enough that the result is something wonderful to read and educating for even the most knowledgeable reader. The idea is one that is slowing gaining credence in teaching circles these days: Examine one issue from both sides.

George Washington, Spymaster
Once in a while, a book comes along that makes you the reader sit up and take notice, both for the engaging subject matter and for the way it is written. Throw in a healthy dose of "I never knew that," and you have the response to George Washington, Spymaster, the excellent new book by Thomas B. Allen.

Hana's Suitcase
What a wonderful way for young people to learn about a terrible part of history! Karen's Levine book Hana's Suitcase is the story of past and present, centering on a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust (past) and a Japanese woman trying to find out more about that girl's story (present).

Helen Keller
One of the most compelling figures in all of American history was the extraordinary Helen Keller. The story of the determination and intelligence of the brilliant yet severely disabled Keller is told here in excellent detail and style by Elizabeth MacLeod, author of the illuminating Snapshot Series, which also includes The Wright Brothers. The most remarkable thing about this book, as is the case with The Wright Brothers, is the "talking Helen." The pages are filled with a facsimile of a smiling Helen relating aspects of her life "in first person." She appears as a perfectly normal person. She smiles, gestures, and even "leans against things" on the page. This is a wonderful addition to the book and a signature illustration scheme that sets the series apart.

Hidden Treasure
Readers of this great little book will have a fun time discovering archaeology while learning more about some of history's most famous treasure finds. Deceptively simple in its layout, the book contains a host of historical nuggets and fun asides that add up to one great learning experience.

High Hopes
This book is a good introduction for young readers to the story of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This book takes a straightforward approach in telling of the JFK's life, from his childhood to his death. Pictures of and quotes from his young children are included, to give young readers a sense that he was, in many ways, just an ordinary father.

How We Crossed the West, The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
This great little book gives you a new slant on the Lewis and Clark story. It takes the actual words written by Meriwether Lewis and Williams Clark in their journals and illustrates them with fun pictures. In doing so, it solves one of the common problems associated with studying primary sources for this topic: The journals are full of big words and difficult concepts.

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