• This Land is Our Land: the History of American Immigration

    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.

     


  • Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

    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.

     


  • Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement

    (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.

     


  • The 57 Bus

    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.

     


  • Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City

    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.

     


  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

    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.

     


  • Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

    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.

     


  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrick Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

    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!

     


  • Proud: Living My American Dream

    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.


  • Grand Theft Horse

    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.

     


  • Thrilling Thieves: Liars, Cheats, and Cons Who Changed History

    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.


  • I Have the Right to: a high School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope

    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.

     


  • Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

    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.


  • The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements

    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.

     


  • Unsinkable: from Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion

    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.