Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck — the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina — has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some thieves. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie... until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and di... + Read More
Series: Elijah of BuxtonPaperbackChristopher Paul Curtis9780439023450$9.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12Feb 01, 2009
Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis lends his trademark humour and vibrant narrative style to the gripping tale of eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman. The first child born into freedom in Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit, Elijah is best known in his hometown as the boy who threw up on Frederick Douglass. Not on purpose, of course, he was just a baby then! But things change when a former slave calling himself the Right Reverend Zephariah W. Connerly the Third steals money from Elijah's friend M... + Read More
Acclaimed Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis’s powerful companion to award-winning Elijah of Buxton joins the Scholastic Gold line!Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren’t friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?In a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Chris... + Read More
Series: The Madman of Piney WoodsPaperbackChristopher Paul Curtis9780545156653$11.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jan 26, 2016
Acclaimed Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis's powerful companion to award-winning Elijah of Buxton is now in paperback! Set forty years after the events of Elijah of Buxton, this companion novel is at once a hardhitting comment on the prejudices of our past and a heartbreakingly, hilarious coming-ofage novel that will have readers wiping tears of sorrow, and of laughter. Benji and Red are two boys who haven't met yet, but their paths are soon to cross in an unforgettable way. Through their alternating perspectives, we meet the characte... + Read More
Series: Scholastic Press NovelsRuby Lee and MePaperbackShannon Hitchcock9780545782319$9.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jan 30, 2018
When a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher, two girls--one black, one white--come face-to-face with how prejudice affects their friendship.Everything's changing for Sarah Beth Willis. After Robin's tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm aren't the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And there's talk in town about the new sixth-grade teacher at Shady Creek. Word is spreading quickly—Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these par... + Read More
Series: Scholastic Press Picture BooksMartin Rising: Requiem for a KingHardcoverAndrea Davis Pinkney9780545702539$26.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12Jan 02, 2018
With imagination and power, the award-winning Pinkney duo celebrates MLK's nonviolent struggle for civil rights — as he transforms America through the spirit of love.In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life — and of his assassination — through metaphor, spirituality, and multi-layers of meaning.Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork — brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandh... + Read More
Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer! On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to... + Read More
Series: I Can Be Anything!Don't Tell Me I Can'tHardcoverDiane Dillon9781338166903$23.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Feb 27, 2018
Like most girls and boys, Zoe enthusiastically embraces the wonders of our world and its infinite possibilities. "I can be anything I want to be!" she tells us, presenting herself in a range of careers. "But what if you fail?" asks a voice of doubt that attempts to undermine her confidence.Bold and sassy, Zoe swats the voice away at every turn, declaring her certainty with a charisma that will encourage us all to silence the fears projected onto us by our world. Why can't a girl grow up to be President? Zoe can! When the voice of doubt continue... + Read More
Series: Why Am I Me?HardcoverPaige Britt9781338053142$23.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Aug 29, 2017
Have you ever wondered why you are you? Or who you would be if you were someone else? Someone taller, faster, smaller, smarter? Someone lighter, older, darker, bolder? Presented as a poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we. If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and to celebrate rather than di... + Read More
Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass dicuss their efforts to win rights for women and African Americans. Some people had rights, while others had none. Why shouldn't they have them, too? Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea. The text by ... + Read More
Series: The Case for LovingThe Fight for Interracial MarriageHardcoverSelina Alko9780545478533$20.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Jan 27, 2015
"I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about." -Mildred Loving, June 12, 2007 For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia. This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. It is the story of how Mildred and Richard fell in love, and got married in Washington, D... + Read More
Series: UnspokenA Story from the Underground RailroadHardcoverHenry Cole9780545399975$23.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Nov 01, 2012
A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart. Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our... + Read More
Series: Chasing FreedomThe Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical FactsHardcoverNikki Grimes9780439793384$20.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 7 - 10Jan 06, 2015
Nikki Grimes offers a glimpse into the inspiring lives of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman. What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create Chasing Freedom, an engaging work of historical fiction about ... + Read More
Series: Henry's Freedom BoxHardcoverEllen Levine9780439777339$19.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Jan 01, 2007
Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When Henry grows up and marries, he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday - his first day of freedom.
Series: Under the Same SunHardcoverSharon Robinson9780545166720$19.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Jan 07, 2014
The daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson shares an inspirational story about her family. Auntie Sharon and Grandmother Bibi have come to visit the family in Tanzania - all the way from America! They tell stories and fill gaps from the years spent apart, enjoy a breathtaking safari in Serengeti National Park, and learn about their ancestors at the ruins of an old slave port. Sharon Robinson eloquently portrays the joys and pains of a family living on two continents. And she gives African-American history a powerful new perspective when s... + Read More
Series: Scholastic Press Picture BooksThe Story of Ruby Bridges50th Anniversary EditionPaperbackRobert Coles9780439472265$8.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Sep 01, 2010
The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles's powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition.
Series: The Granddaughter NecklaceHardcoverSharon Dennis Wyeth9780545081252$18.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Jan 01, 2013
An uplifting tale of love, kinship, and gifts, passed down through generations. There are moments in each person's life that we take great care to remember: the pride of a young girl standing up for herself for the first time; the heartbreak of leaving one's country and family for a new beginning; the thrill of getting ready for the piano recital of a lifetime. In Sharon Dennis Wyeth's family these moments were marked with the passing on of the Granddaughter Necklace: not a fancy piece of jewelry, but a precious one, worn smooth by the touch ... + Read More
In this accessible "keep-it-real" guide, Marley explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality. Focusing on the importance of literacy and diversity, Marley offers suggestions on book selection, and delivers hands-on strategies for becoming a lifelong reader.
The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, but how did she come to be so brave? A Girl Named Rosa describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. In addition to stories and facts about Rosa's upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl foll... + Read More
The Real Stories From My Time chapter book series pairs nonfiction content with beloved American Girl BeForever characters, offering readers a unique entry point into important events in American history. Perfect for book reports with full-page illustrations throughout, plus historical photos, maps, a timeline, a glossary, and bibliography at the back. The Underground Railroad includes miles of real stories of passengers, conductors, and abolitionists, well-known and unknown, that made their mark on history. Throughout, BeForever character Addy... + Read More
Explore real stories and factsabout the March on Washington.Discover the stories of the real people and events that shaped American history in the Real Stories from My Time series.In 1963, people from all over the country came together to fight for equal rights for African Americans. The March on Washington was a peaceful protest and the setting for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But what did it take to get there? Learn about the inspiring people and incredible acts of courage that lead to this historic march. Plus, American... + Read More
Series: Dear CanadaDear Canada: A Desperate Road to FreedomThe Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson, Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864HardcoverKarleen Bradford9780545996198$16.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 01, 2009
A riveting tale of a brave family's last bid for freedom, and the price they pay to find it. Julia May and her family have done the unthinkable. They have fled from their life of slavery on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, and are making their way north, on foot, where they have heard that slaves can live free. Their story, told through Julia May's journal entries, is gruelling. Their journey takes them through swamps, travelling by night and hiding by day. It is a harrowing, terrifying experience, but determination to find a new life in Cana... + Read More
Series: Freedom TrainThe Story of Harriet TubmanPaperbackDorothy Sterling9780590436281$8.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Feb 01, 1991
Born into slavery, young Harriet Tubman knew only hard work and hunger. Escape seemed impossible - certainly dangerous. Yet Harriet did escape North, by the secret route called the Underground Railroad. Harriet didn't forget her people. Again and again she risked her life to lead them on the same secret, dangerous journey.
Series: Crossing to FreedomPaperbackVirginia Frances Schwartz9780545989787$8.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12Sep 01, 2010
An inspiring tale of fugitive slave who finds freedom in Canada, but still struggles to find a real home. Eleven-year-old Solomon is a fugitive slave on a dangerous journey north to Canada, and to freedom. His young life has seen many losses: his mother was sold in a slave auction when he was a baby; his father escaped from the plantation and hasn't been seen in five years; and now his grandfather, who has been injured during the last leg of their journey to freedom, and is forced to stay behind.Solomon continues with their group leader, but hi... + Read More
Series: The Freedom Summer MurdersPaperbackDon Mitchell9781338115895$13.99YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION Age (years) from 12 - 99Oct 25, 2016
The harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK - now in paperback!In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.The Freedom Summer M... + Read More
More compelling historical reads to add to your Scholastic Focus collection!In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new... + Read More
Series: WitnessPaperbackKaren Hesse9781338359671$9.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12Apr 30, 2019
Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse’s story about a community on the brink of disaster! Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . .These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voice... + Read More
Bestselling author and Coretta Scott King Award winner Andrea Davis Pinkney presents a moving fictional account of school desegregation in the Civil Rights Era.Twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson's life turns upside down after the Supreme Court rules in favor of desegregation in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Her parents decide that Dawnie will attend Prettyman Coburn, a previously all-white school -- but she'll be the only one of her friends to enroll in this new school. Not everyone in Dawnie's town of Hadley, Virginia, suppor... + Read More
Series: My Name Is Not FridayPaperbackJon Walter9781338160642$12.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 99May 30, 2017
A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War, which earned three starred reviews and was called "unforgettable" by Kirkus ReviewsWell-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name - Friday - and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking ... + Read More
Series: True NorthA Novel of the Underground RailroadPaperbackKathryn Lasky9780545088022$8.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12Jan 01, 2009
It's 1858, and fourteen-year-old Lucy would rather go sailing with her grandfather than get ready for her sister's fancy, high-society wedding. Hundreds of miles south, a girl named Afrika is running for her life and her only guide is the North Star. After Lucy discovers her grandfather's secret life as a stationmaster for the Underground Railroad, she's unexpectedly called to action. Together, Lucy and Afrika will make a break for freedom, and together they must fight to keep each other on the right course - true north.
Series: Testing the IceA True Story About Jackie RobinsonHardcoverSharon Robinson9780545052511$23.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 7 - 10Oct 01, 2009
When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone's fun. The neighborhood children join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water. In a dramatic episode that first winter, Jackie is called upon to test the ice on the lake, to make sure it's safe for ice-skating. But why, Sharon wonders, is he always so afraid to go near the water? In a stunning metaphor for Jackie Robinson's legendary breaking of the color b... + Read More
Series: Scholastic Press NovelsThe Hero Two Doors DownA Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball LegendHardcoverSharon Robinson9780545804516$20.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jan 26, 2016
Based on the true story of a Brooklyn boy's friendship with his hero, Jackie Robinson. The year is 1948, and the place is Brooklyn, NY. Stephen Satlow, a local Jewish boy, is an avid Brooklyn Dodgers' fan but a mediocre athlete, at best. When Jackie Robinson moves into his predominantly Jewish neighborhood and befriends Steve, his status changes instantly. Their bond deepens when Jackie commits a wellintentioned blunder. He mistakenly gives Steve's family a Christmas tree. As the tension clears, acceptance of Jackie's gift of the tree becomes... + Read More
A new book to tie-in with the April 2013 release of the movie 42, the life story of Jackie Robinson! This full-colour comprehensive biography will feature everything there is to know about this inspiring American hero — from his very own daughter! As the first black man to play in major league baseball, Jackie Robinson’s progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography... + Read More
Series: True BooksMuhammad AliPaperbackJosh Gregory9780531223185$9.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 10Feb 01, 2017
Over the course of his amazing life, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali made a huge impact both inside and outside the ring. Readers will learn how Ali first started boxing and what made him such a powerful fighter. They will also find out about efforts to battle racism, his impact on the civil rights movement, his philanthropic endeavors, and much more.Fascinating Facts: Ali was born Cassius Clay on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. In Ali's professional boxing career, he won 56 fights and lost only 5. Ali was the first boxer to be name... + Read More
Rookie Biographies offer an in-depth look at some of the most influential and interesting people in history. They might be innovative artists, like Maurice Sendak, or groundbreaking athletes like Muhammad Ali. Maybe they are ordinary people who do extraordinary things, like Alexander Hamilton. No matter what his or her story, the inviting text and exciting photos of these beginning biographies make exploring these fascinating people approachable and fun.Fascinating Fact: During his ban from boxing, Ali made hundreds of speeches about civil rights.
Series: Promises to KeepHow Jackie Robinson Changed AmericaHardcoverSharon Robinson9780439425926$19.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Feb 01, 2004
A warm, intimate portrait of Jackie Robinson, America's sports icon, told from the unique perspective of a unique insider: his only daughter.Sharon Robinson shares memories of her famous father in this warm loving biography of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an outstanding athlete, a devoted family man and a dedicated civil rights activist. The author explores the fascinating circumstances surrounding Jackie Robinson's breakthrough. She also tells the off-the-field story of Robinson's hard-won victories and... + Read More
Read about these historic freedom fighters: Richard Allen was called the "Father of the Black Church"; Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom; Mary Church Terrell was a founding member of the NAACP; Fannie Lou Hamer helped set up the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and, Medgar Wiley Evers was the state field director of the NAACP.
This is the most up-to-date biography of Nelson Mandela, one of the most famous freedom fighters in the world. This powerful biography provides an in-depth look at Nelson Mandela who grew up in a rural village in South Africa under racist apartheid rule - a regime he ultimately helped overthrow. Denenberg explores the history of South Africa and its often violent struggle for civil rights, while tracing Mandela's role in that history. Lawyer, leader of the African National Congress, political prisoner who spent 26 years in jail, president - ... + Read More
In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd and into a school where she changed history. This is the extraordinary true story of the little girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. With simple text and historical photographs, this easy reader explores an amazing moment in history and the courage of a young girl who stayed strong in the face of racism.
Life today is a lot different than it was in the past. Think of the things you have today. The clothes you wear. The kind of home you live in. The foods you eat. Many of these probably wouldn't be the same if you were living in a different period of time. Through the stories of the If You Were a Kid series, readers are transported to some of the most important moments in history with an exciting mix of fiction and nonfiction.Fascinating Fact: In August 1963, Martin Luther King led thousands of people on a march to the U.S. capital in support of... + Read More
Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She vowed she would fight to free all slaves. Her perseverance inspired Americans to stand up for equality. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, these books will introduce amazing men and women who made history to the youngest readers and inspire them to follow their dreams.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Dr. King to the youngest readers.
A brand-new biography series featuring some of the most important people from history and today I helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott. I am only thirty-four when I give the "I have a dream" speech. I am Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn all about this heroic man, whose accomplishments are truly inspiring, in the continuation of Scholastic’s latest biography series: I Am. This book will feature illustrations throughout, a timeline, an introduction to the people you’ll meet in the book, maps, sidebars, and a top ten list of important things ... + Read More
Series: I AmI Am #6: Harriet TubmanPaperbackGrace Norwich9780545484367$6.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 7 - 10Jan 01, 2013
Everything you need to know about one of history's most important figures. With a forward-thinking attitude, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and risked her life countless times to help free 70 others. She became monumental in both the civil rights movement and the women's suffrage movement. Kids will be inspired by this icon's tireless work to create a better America. This series features full-colour illustrated covers, one-colour illustrations throughout, a timeline, an introduction to the people you'll meet in the book, maps, sidebars, and a ... + Read More
Series: I AmI Am #8: Roberto ClementePaperbackJim Gigliotti9780545533812$6.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 7 - 10Jul 30, 2013
A brand-new biography series featuring important people from history and today. A unique hero, Roberto Clemente is not only famous for his impressive baseball career, but also for his generous humanitarian efforts. Nearly 40 years ago, the same year he swung his 3,000th major league baseball hit, he died in an airplane accident on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims. His heroics on the field earned him a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the first Latin American to be granted access. Just in time for Hispanic heritage month... + Read More
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