Grades 6-8 Biography
Adoff, Arnold, Malcolm X
Events that influenced the life and thought of Malcolm X
Beah, Ishmael, A Long Way Gone (NEW!)
It is estimated that, right now, there are 300,000 child soldiers being forced to fight in conflicts around the world. Beah used to be one of them. This is his harrowing account of wielding an AK-47 for the government of
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T., Cesar: Si, Se Puede! = Yes, We Can!
In free verse, the compelling story of Cesar Chavez
Chaflin, Edward Beecher, Soujourner Truth and the Struggle for Freedom
The life of the former slave who gained renown as an abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
Cleary, Beverly, A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir
Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children's authors of all time, tells the story of her childhood, complete with the everyday joys and sorrows of growing up.
• Cwiklik, Robert, Sequoyah (5-8)
Sequoyah believed the Cherokee nation would endure if their oral language could be written down; his grueling work offered the Cherokee nation literacy.
Dahl, Roald, Boy
A funny, sometimes painful, memoir of Dahl's experiences and exploits during his school years.
Dash, Joan, A Dangerous Engine : Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat (NEW!)
Dash ably covers
• Faber, Doris, Oh Lizzie! The Life of
Ferris, Jeri, Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth
• Feinberg, Barbara S., Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gallant President
• Franchere, Ruth, Cesar Chavez
The life of the man who organized the grape pickers of California and led a nationwide grape boycott to get better wages and working conditions for migrant workers.
Freedman, Russell, Indian Chiefs
Six of the greatest Indian leaders of the nineteenth century tell of their attempts to hold on to their way of life as the white man encroaches on their lands.
• Fritz, Jean, The Double Life of Pocahontas (5-8)
Gibson, William, The Miracle Worker
Annie Sullivan's titanic struggle to release a young blind and deaf girl from her terrifying prison of darkness and silence.
Hautzig, Esther, The Endless Steppe
This autobiographical novel describes the 5 years Esther Rudomin and her family spent in a Soviet forced labor camp.
Hunter, Edith Fisher, Child of the Silent Night
The true story of Laura Bridgman, a deaf and blind girl who pioneered the way for teaching other handicapped youngsters.
• Jackson, Jesse, Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord; the Life of Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel Singers.
Kerley, Barbara, Walt Whitman: Words for
A moving tribute to Walt Whitman, capturing his remarkable humanity and compassion
Kherdian, David, The Road from Home
Verna Dumehijan was born to a prosperous Armenian family in
Killilea, Marie, Karen
True story of human courage, patience and triumph as a small girl conquers cerebral palsy.
Killilea, Marie, With Love from Karen—sequel to Karen
Kraske, Robert, Marooned: The Strange But True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe (NEW!)
Presents the story of Scottish mariner Alexander Selkirk and his experiences marooned on a South Pacific island for four years.
• Kroeber, Theodora, Ishi, Last of His Tribe
Story of a tiny group who survived by becoming a hidden people.
Lobel, Anita, No Pretty Pictures (6-12)
Children’s book illustrator Anita Lobel tells her Holocaust survival story.
• McCunn, Ruthanne, Lum, Thousand Pieces of Gold (5-8)
The true story of Polly Bemis, who was brought as a slave from
In this true story of Louisa May Alcott, you'll find out what really happened to Jo (Louisa) and her sisters and whether there really was a Laurie.
• McGovern, Ann, The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson (6-8)
An American patriot during the Revolutionary War travels alone
Mongo, Ferdinand N., Letters to Horseface: Being the Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Journey to
Morrison, Dorothy N. Under a Strong Wind: The Adventures of Jessie Benton
Paulsen, Gary, Woodsong
A memoir about Paulsen's intimate relationship with
Rappoport, Ken, Lebron James : King On and Off the Court (NEW!)
A gift for
Rumford, James, Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing
The man who created a writing system for the Cherokee language
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, A Day of Pleasure
Autobiographical stories of the author's memories of his youth in
Sullivan, George, Berenice Abbott, Photographer : An Independent Vision (NEW!)
Presents a look at the life and work of
• Tobias, Tobi, Maria Tallchief
A famous American Indian ballerina