By Linda Barrett Osborne (YA 304.80973 Osbo)
Explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups have evolved throughout U.S. history, from 1800 to today.
By Larry Dane Brimner (YA 323.092 Brim)
For twelve history-making days in May 1961, thirteen black and white civil rights activists, also known as the “Freedom Riders,” traveled by bus into the South to draw attention to the unconstitutional segregation still taking place. Despite their peaceful protests, the Freedom Riders were met with increasing violence.
(YA 363.33 Glim)
Tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action, and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history.
By Dashka Slater (YA 364.1555 Slat)
Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.
By Phillip Hoose (YA 796.323 Hoos)
Traces the inspirational story of the Crispus Attucks High School Tigers basketball team and how they broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana to become state champions.
By Penelope Bagieu (YA 920.72 Bagi)
This comic biography profiles the lives of feisty female role models, some world famous and some little known. Their stories will inspire the next generation of rebels.
By Gail Jarrow (J 791.4472 Jarr)
Describes the panic induced when listeners believed Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" to be news of an alien invasion, discussing the context in which the broadcast was aired and why it was so convincing.
By John Hendrix (Ya B Bonh)
This graphic biography tells the story of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer whose faith and philosophy led him to take a stand against Hitler and the Nazi Party when few others would. Until Bonhoeffer finally decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!
By Ibtihaj Muhammad (YA B Muha)
Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.
By Greg Neri (YA B Ruff)
Author G. Neri tells the powerful story of his cousin Gail Ruffu, who stole a racehorse in order to save it, and ended up taking on the whole racing industry to fight for the humane treatment of animals. This story is part animal activism and part true crime.
By Brianna DuMont (YA 364.1552 DuMo)
Follow the trail of twelve troublemakers to learn what really made the Mona Lisa, meet the most powerful pirate from history and watch empires rise and fall with the theft of a simple tea plant. Turns out our world owes a lot to those who dabble on the dark side.
By Chessy Prout (Ya B Prou)
The memoir of a young survivor of a sexual assault when she was a freshman in a prestigious boarding school shares her story of survival, advocacy, and hope.
By Elizabeth Partridge (YA 959.7043 Part)
America's war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and stressed four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.
By Sam Kean (Ya 546 Kean)
The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history.
By Jessica Tatiana Long (YA B Long)
The champion Paralympic swimmer, born in Russia with a condition that would result in the amputation of both legs below her knee, presents a photographic memoir of the life-changing moments that helped shape who she is today.