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Young Adult Non-Fiction
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
by Martha Brockenbrough

Discover the incredible true story behind the Tony Award-winning musical – Hamilton’s early years in the Caribbean; his involvement in the Revolutionary War; and his groundbreaking role in government, which still shapes American government today. Easy to follow, this gripping account of a founding father and American icon features illustrations, maps, timelines, infographics, and additional information ranging from Hamilton's own writings to facts about fashion, music, etiquette and custom of the times, including best historical insults and the etiquette of duels.
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
by Daniel Brown

Complemented by black-and-white photographs, a middle-grade adaptation of the best-selling The Boys in the Boat describes the American rowing team's triumphant and unlikely win during the 1936 Olympics.
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
by Kenneth C. Davis

The true stories of five slaves who were considered the property of U.S. presidential families, including Washington's valet Billy Lee, Jefferson's servant Isaac Granger, and War of 1812 witness Paul Jennings. 
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
by Candace Fleming

The award-winning author of The Lincolns traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography. 
Vietnam: A History of the War
by Russell Freedman

A succinct account of how Cold War politics led to one of America's most puzzling and contentious wars describes how the war began, why it was so difficult to end, and how its tragic legacy endures today.
Feminism: Reinventing the F-word
by Nadia Abushanab Higgins

Presents a history of feminism, discussing the three waves of the movement and the issues that feminism addresses, including such topics as reproductive rights, domestic violence, income inequality, and body image. 
Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
by Laura Hillenbrand

A captivating young adult edition of the award-winning #1 New York Times best-seller documents the inspirational true story of how Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic athlete and World War II pilot, crashed into the ocean and survived for weeks on a life raft only to become a prisoner of war. Includes more than 100 photographs and an exclusive interview with Louis Zamperini. 
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
by Phillip M. Hoose

The Newbery Honor-and National Book Award-winning author documents the survival tale of an intrepid shorebird who has endured 9,000-mile annual migrations between Argentina and the Canadian Arctic throughout the course of a long lifetime while his species continues to decline.
The Boy on the Wooden Box
by Leon Leyson

Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, who was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler. 
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events.
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century
by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

Draws on sensationalized, period newspaper articles to recreate the events of the infamous Borden murders and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden, sorting out fact from fiction to explore Lizzie's story and consider what probably happened.
This Land Is Our Land: The History of American Immigration
by Linda Barrett Osborne

A history of how immigration has shaped America explores the ways government policies and popular responses to immigrant groups have evolved in the country, particularly between 1800 and 1965, and includes a profile of how today's immigration has become a hot-button issue.
Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World
by Paige Rawl

An account by a teen survivor of bullying describes how after being born HIV positive, her status was discovered at school and caused her to become a target of abuse by peers and ignorant school officials, actions that prompted a suicide attempt and subsequent dedication to advocacy. 
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin

A dramatic introduction to the international competition to create the first atomic bomb recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
by Steve Sheinkin

The award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 traces the story of how an obscure government analyst exposed two decades of political deception about the Vietnam War in what became known as the Pentagon Papers.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
by Steve Sheinkin

The Newbery Award-winning and National Book Award finalist author of Bomb presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.
Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team
by Steve Sheinkin

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team.
Chasing Lincoln's Killer
by James L. Swanson

Based on the book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, this factual account tells of the events that followed President Lincoln's assassination that brought his killer and accomplices to justice through a review of letters, government reports, trial transcripts, and newspaper articles.
"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
by James L. Swanson

A dramatic account of the 35th president's assassination is presented in the author's signature "you are there" style and imparts the urgent pace and riveting details of key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photos.
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