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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2014 for Children Nine to Twelve

Alex Ko: From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story Cover Image
By Alex Ko
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062236012
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Published: HarperCollins - April 30th, 2013

Alex's passion for dance takes him to the big stage where dreams come true as he stars as one of the dancers in Billy Elliot.


Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World Cover Image
By Elizabeth Rusch, Oliver Dominguez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763658557
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 10th, 2013

This portrait of the Thomas Edison's rival details Tesla's fascination with electricity and his important inventions that enabled the use of alternating current to power homes. 

 


Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, Carlyn Beccia (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802796684
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Published: Walker & Company - March 5th, 2013

Louisa May Alcott's experience as a Civil War nurse helped mold the wonderful writing style that produced Little Women and her other books.

 


The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596438101
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 29th, 2013

George Ohr was certain of his genius as a potter, but the world hadn't caught up with him.


Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero Cover Image
By Cheryl Harness, Carlo Molinari (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807549902
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2013

A pants-wearing woman served as the first female surgeon during the Civil War and earned the Medal of Honor.


Papa Is a Poet: A Story about Robert Frost Cover Image
By Natalie S. Bober, Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805094077
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 15th, 2013

Frost's fifteen-year-old daughter narrates this description of her family's life in the New England countryside, interspersed with lines from his poems, twelve of his which are included. 


Peace Warriors Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545518574
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 31st, 2013

Inspiring stories of six powerful figures are connected by their unwavering commitment to peace, even in the face of violence and oppression.


Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781927583128
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Published: Second Story Press - September 23rd, 2013

A diverse group of women from various backgrounds succeed in businesses ranging from cosmetics to high finance to aviation.


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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

When music-loving Clive Campbell moved to the Bronx, he influenced a generation by creating hip hop, enticing kids to dance rather than fight.


Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780823423743
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Published: Holiday House - March 1st, 2013

How did a rebellious printer's apprentice become an American icon?  By helping to draft the Declaration of Independence and inventing the lightning rod, among his many other political and scientific contributions.

 


Courageous Women Rebels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781926920993
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Published: Second Story Press - April 15th, 2013

These ten women from around the world made a difference in the areas of politics, equality, disability, and women's rights.

 


Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810984110
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2013

This well-researched account provides a compelling view of the renowned Mexican painter and muralist.  Examples of his art are included.

 


Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation Cover Image
By Marfe Ferguson Delano, Lori Epstein (Photographer), Mount Vernon (Contribution by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781426307591
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Published: National Geographic Society - January 8th, 2013

The experiences of individual enslaved Africans who lived at Mount Vernon are described in detail.