Nonfiction_Grades 6-8

Bausum, A. Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Hours: Explores how the media, politics, the civil rights movement, and labor protests all converged to set the scene for one of Dr. King's greatest speeches and for his tragic death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis. Check the online catalog

 

Bernstein, R. A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream: Tells the true story of Zhongmei Li, an eleven-year-old girl in 1977 who won one of twelve spots at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, and whose determination to remain in the school impressed teachers and students alike; and discusses how Zhongmei, whose name means Faithful Plum, went on to form her own dance company which debuted in New York when she was in her late twenties. Check the online catalog

 

Bowers, R. Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement: The compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history. Check the online catalog

 

Bragg, G. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous: Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911. Check the online catalog

 

Engle, M. The Lightning Dreamer: In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes. Check the online catalog

 

Hoose, P. Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the great survivor B95: Examines B95, a red knot bird that has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its lifetime. Check the online catalog


Janeczko, P. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories: A collection of true spy stories from throughout the history of the United States, discussing personalities, missions, traitors, technological advances, and more. Check the online catalog   

 

Montgomery, S. Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World:An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother. Check the online catalog

 

Murphy, J. Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure: This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years: tuberculosis. The “biography” of this deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and “cure” of the disease over time, and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative. Check the online catalog

 

Sandler, M. The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure: To save hundreds of whalers trapped by ice floes, three men attempted the impossible--trekking 1,500 miles through the Alaskan wilderness, in winter. Author Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills. Check the online catalog

 

Sheinkin, S. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers: A dramatic account of the 1875 attempt to steal the 16th president's body describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader and how a fledgling Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation. Check the online catalog

 

Swanson, J. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer:Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, this is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. Check the online catalog

 

Walker, S. Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917: Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area. Check the online catalog

 

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