4th Grade

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Author: 
Steve Sheinkin

Reading Level: Grades 4 -  9

Why would anyone want to steal the body of President Abraham Lincoln?  The answer involves counterfeiters and the newly fledged Secret Service.  Written like a heist caper, Lincoln's Grave Robbers details a little known part of history that really didn't have much impact, but it's sure fun to read about.

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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

Author: 
Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
Illustrator: 
Eric Velasquez

Reading Level:  Grades 2-4

This is the remarkable true story of  John Price, former slave, and the citizens of Oberlin, Ohio.  In 1856, Price and two others managed a daring escape from slavery, and settled in Oberlin, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves.  Two years later, Price was snatched from the road by slave hunters.  His cry for help was heard by an Oberlin college student.  This is the inspiring story of the response to that cry.

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Fairest of All

Author: 
Sarah Mlynowski

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Once upon a time my life was normal.  Then the mirror in our basement ate us."

When a magic mirror transports 10-year-old Abby and her little brother Jonah to the forest next to the cottage of the seven dwarves, they stop Snow White from eating the poisoned apple.  Now Snow White has two problems: 1) The evil queen keeps trying to kill her and 2) Since she didn't eat the apple, the prince didn't kiss her so she has lost her chance to live happily ever after.

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Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Author: 
Steve Sheinkin

Reading Level: Grades 5 and up

Bomb  reads like an edge-of -your- seat spy novel, but it's all true.  It tells of  the Herculean effort behind building the bomb, the desperate arms race with Germany that will decide WWII,  the heroic efforts of Norwegein resistance fighters, and  the spies determined to steal the plans for the Soviet Union.  The story of the scientific genius behind the bomb,  the politics, the military heroics, and the espionage make this a thrilling read where truth is far more exciting than fiction.

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The Great Race: An Indonesian Trickster Tale

Author: 
Nathan Kumar Scott
Illustrator: 
Jagdish Chitara

Reading Level: Grades k - 4

Kanchil the mouse deer knows he is the fastest animal in the jungle so when he challenges everyone to a race he is stunned to have his challenge taken up by Pelan the snail and even more shocked when he loses. How could that be?

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Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War

Author: 
Marsha Forechuk Skrypuch

Reading Level:  Grades  3-6

This is the true story of Tuyet,  an eight -year- old orphan who didn't remember her life before the Saigon orphanage.  There were the scars that she thought might have been from the war that still raged on, but she couldn't remember  When Saigon fell, she was one of 57 babies and children evacuated to Canada during "Operation Babylift." 

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The One and Only Ivan

Author: 
Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: 
Patricia Castelao

Grades 4+

Ivan (The Ape at Exit 8) is a downtrodden, has-been silverback gorilla living in a small, unkept domain within a shopping mall, occasionally accompanied by Bob, a stray dog who sneaks into Ivan's domain through a hole in the glass.

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