Non-Fiction

Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Author: 
Michael Gruenbaum
Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Author: 
Sonia Manzano

Reading Level: Grades 8 and older

Sonia Manzano, otherwise known as Maria on Sesame Street, tells the story of her childhood in the Bronx. Detailing everything from her mysteriously appearing older sister, through her father's drunken rages, to her first roll on Broadway, Sonia's story is not for younger, or more sensitive readers.

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Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog

Author: 
Luis Carlos Montalván
Bret Witter
Illustrator: 
Dan Dion

Reading Level: Ages 3 -10

Tuesday the service dog describes a day in his life helping his disabled veteran handler.

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The Whispering Town

Author: 
Jennifer Elvgren
Fabio Santomauro

Reading Level: Grades 1 - 3

During WWII the people of the Nazi occupied Danish town of Gilleleje helped 1,700 Jews escape to Sweden. This book tells the story of those brave residents and one night in particular when they had to figure out a new way to lead an escaping family to the ships that would take them to safety.

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

Author: 
Lynne Cox
Illustrator: 
Brian Floca

Reading Level: Grades K - 4

Elizabeth the elephant seal lived in a park in the middle of a busy city. The residents all loved her, but drivers did not because she had a tendency to take naps in the middle of the road. Eventually the government decided that Elizabeth needed to be relocated to an elephant seal colony well away from the city where she would be happy. However, Elizabeth had a different opinion about what would make her happy.

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Give Up, Gecko!

Author: 
Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: 
Deborah Melmon

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

The lakes and rivers have dried up and all the thirsty animals agree that whoever digs to water will be their king. When it is gecko's turn to dig all the other animals all laugh at him and call for him to give up, but gecko won't listen.

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Think Again! False Facts Attacked, Errors Exploded, Myths Busted

Author: 
Clive Gifford

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

Everyone knows that goldfish have a 3 second memory, Vikings wore horned helmets, and sugar makes kids hyperactive. Well, everyone is wrong. You will find out the truth about these myths and many, many more in this amusing collection of "facts" which have been busted by scientific studies.

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