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      Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

      by Steve Sheinkin

      Dec 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first official women-only air race across the US. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations of young women; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane with her own hands before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who bravely shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who made headlines at age seventeen when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

      Source notes. Works cited. Index. Black-and-white illustrations and photographs.

      Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans

      by Anita Silvey

      Oct 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      As a young scientist, Birute Mary Galdikas had a mission: To find and study the elusive orangutans of Borneo’s rain forest to help protect this amazing and elusive species. Follow her story as she carries out an epic search and struggles to survive while studying the world’s most endangered great ape.

      When Galdikas saw her first image of an orangutan in the wild, she was immediately captivated. It haunted her and she found its gaze “almost hypnotic.” She moved to Borneo, where she made it her life’s mission to study and work to protect these mysterious creatures. Like primatologists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Galdikas was driven by incredible ambition and a fascination with apes and human origins, making her way to the harsh rain forests of Indonesian Borneo when she was just 25 years old. She set up a simple camp, named after her mentor, Louis Leakey, and proceeded to look…and look…and look for wild orangutans, one of the most elusive species on the planet. Her studies brought these critically endangered apes to the world stage, and they are still making an impact today. Now in her 70s, Dr. Galdikas has conducted the longest running study of any wild mammal by any single scientist.

      “Orangutan Family Scrapbook.” Time line. Note on Borneo’s plants. Suggestions for further information. Source notes. Index. Author’s note. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and maps.

      Dear America: Young Readers' Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen

      by Jose Antonio Vargas

      Oct 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      In this young readers' adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in America.

      Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. Unbeknownst to him, he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth, and spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status—risking his career and personal safety—was Vargas able to live his truth.

      This book asks questions like, How do you define who is an American? How do we decide who gets to be a citizen? What happens to those who enter the U.S. without documentation? By telling his personal story, and presenting facts without easy answers, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant.

      Union Made: Labor Leader Samuel Gompers and His Fight for Workers' Rights

      by Norman H. Finkelstein

      Aug 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      Born in England, Samuel Gompers grew up watching his father roll cigars, and at 10 years old, started rolling them himself. After immigrating to the United States, Gompers soon discovered his vocation to fight for the American laborer in his personal work experience. His charismatic, outspoken personality soon landed him the role of speaking on behalf of his fellow workers. His participation in various unsuccessful unions and other failed ventures to enact labor changes led to his creation of the American Federation of Labor. Faced with strikes that turned violent, opposition from the government, and lies perpetrated by anti-unionizers, Gompers persevered, and lived to see various measures enacted to ensure safe work environments, workers’ compensation, and other basic laborer rights.

      Author’s note. Time line. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Cyrus Field's Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

      by Mary Morton Cowan

      Feb 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      In the mid-1800s, no one knew if it was possible to connect North America and the United Kingdom with a telegraph line that would enable instant communication. Cyrus Field wasn't dissuaded by this fact . . . or by his numerous setbacks. Author's note. Time line. Resources. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations, photographs, and reproductions.

      Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution

      by Nioucha Homayoonfar

      Jan 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      In 1979, eight-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moved from the United States to Tehran with her family and had to adjust to a new life and culture—during the turbulent Iranian Revolution. Author’s note. Foreword by Firoozeh Dumas. Afterword. Map. Time line.

      The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor: From the Bronx to the Supreme Court

      by Sonia Sotomayor

      Nov 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      As a child, Sonia Sotomayor dreamed of becoming a lawyer and a judge—though she'd never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood. As she grew up, she didn't let hardships stand in her way. Family tree. Glossary of Spanish words. Brief history of the Supreme Court. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography

      by Louise Borden

      Oct 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      Pete Seibert was a US Army ski soldier during World War II. Severely wounded, he not only persevered to ski again; he founded Colorado’s Vail Ski Resort. Time line. More about Pete Seibert. Note about the 10th Mountain Division. Author’s note. Sources. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

      by Ilene Cooper

      Sep 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      Recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, Eleanor Roosevelt used her proximity to presidents and her own power to aid the fight for civil rights and other important causes. Excerpts of Eleanor Roosevelt's personal writings. Time line. Source notes. Bibliography. Author's note. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Loss, Hope, and Home

      by Diane Guerrero

      Sep 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      One day, when now-successful actress Diane Guerrero was fourteen and at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported back to Colombia. Guerrero's life was turned upside down. Call to action. Immigration reform resources. Black-and-white photographs.

      House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

      by Liz Rosenberg

      Aug 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      This biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.

      Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

      by Charlotte Jones Voiklis

      Jun 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughtershave written her biography with never-before-seen archival materials—includingphotographs, letters, and journal entries—from throughout the writer's life.
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