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In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. Great resource for units on immigration/emigration.
American Born Chinese
,American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable.
War Brothers; the graphic novel
The unforgettable story of a child soldier. When fourteen-year-old Jacob is brutally abducted and forced to become a child soldier, he struggles to hold on to his sanity and the will to escape. This is a story of unthinkable violence, but also one of hope, courage, friendship, and family.
This is the first of a trilogy about the Civil Rights Movement. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
Hidden; A child's story of the Holocaust
In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
A Bag of Marbles
In 1941, ten-year-old Joseph Joffo and his older brother, Maurice, must hide their Jewish heritage and undertake a long and dangerous journey from Nazi-occupied Paris to reach their other brothers in the free zone.
Maus: A Survivor's Tale
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
Boxers and Saints Set
China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Readers will discover the other side of the Boxer Rebellion in Saints.
The Great American Dust Bowl
Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America's most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl. The causes and results of the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned are still useful today.
The Schoolchildren's Blizzard
Tells the gripping story of the devastating 1888 blizzard that suddenly exploded across the Great Plains, killing hundreds of children as they walked home from school. Part of the Disasters in History series.
The Voyage of the Mayflower
Tells the story of the colonists who traveled to North America in 1620 on the Mayflower, their reasons for coming, and how they started Plymouth Colony. Part of the Graphic History series that also includes books on Valley Forge, the Alamo, California Gold Rush, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, among others.
The Underground Abductor
Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she'd be free. Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it, and once free, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. Part of the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series.
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Medieval Castle
Call Number: Keffer Children's GT3550 .C65 2002
When Ms. Frizzle and her student Arnold follow an underground passage beneath Craig's Castle Shop and find themselves in the middle of a siege of a 12th century English castle, they learn a great deal about both castles and the Middle Ages