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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2013 to Make History Come Alive

  • CHILDREN'S

    EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

    JAN. 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

by Tonya Bolden

A convincing, handsomely produced argument that the proclamation, for all its acknowledged limitations, remains a watershed... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

    OCT. 8, 2013

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

by Don Brown ; illustrated by Don Brown

From its enticing, dramatic cover to its brown endpapers to a comical Grant Wood–esque final image, this is a worthy... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WITH A MIGHTY HAND

    AUG. 27, 2013

CHILDREN'S

WITH A MIGHTY HAND

adapted by Amy Ehrlich ; illustrated by Daniel Nevins

Ehrlich’s transcendent verse translation renders these familiar stories as shocking, perplexing and remarkably... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN

    MAY 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN

by Russell Freedman

A superb addition to Freedman’s previous volumes on the Revolutionary period. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SALT

    JULY 9, 2013

CHILDREN'S

SALT

by Helen Frost

Sensitive and smart: a poetic vista for historical insight as well as cultural awareness. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DR. RADWAY'S SARSAPARILLA RESOLVENT

    MAY 1, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    LISTENING FOR LUCCA

    AUG. 6, 2013

CHILDREN'S

LISTENING FOR LUCCA

by Suzanne LaFleur

Past meets present and all is well in this lovely and magical tale. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    ODETTE'S SECRETS

    MARCH 1, 2013

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

ODETTE'S SECRETS

by Maryann Macdonald

Based on the real Odette Meyers (nee Melspajz), this thoughtful, affecting piece makes an ideal Holocaust introduction for... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CALL OF THE KLONDIKE

    OCT. 1, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY

    OCT. 22, 2013

CHILDREN'S

TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY

by Donna Jo Napoli ; illustrated by Christina Balit

Sumptuous of format, magisterial of content, stimulating for heart and mind both. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BLUFFTON

    JULY 23, 2013

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BLUFFTON

by Matt Phelan ; illustrated by Matt Phelan

Thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SUGAR

    MAY 7, 2013

CHILDREN'S

SUGAR

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A magical story of hope from Coretta Scott King Honor winner Rhodes. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NORTHWEST PASSAGE

    SEPT. 10, 2013

CHILDREN'S

NORTHWEST PASSAGE

by Stan Rogers ; Matt James ; illustrated by Matt James

For U.S. readers, an illumination of a little-known history; for all Americans, a treasure. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    COURAGE HAS NO COLOR

    JAN. 22, 2013

CHILDREN'S

COURAGE HAS NO COLOR

by Tanya Lee Stone

An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW I BECAME A GHOST

    JUNE 18, 2013

CHILDREN'S

HOW I BECAME A GHOST

by Tim Tingle

The beginning of a trilogy, this tale is valuable for both its recounting of a historical tragedy and its immersive Choctaw... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    P.S. BE ELEVEN

    MAY 21, 2013

CHILDREN'S

P.S. BE ELEVEN

by Rita Williams-Garcia

This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the ’60s through characters... Full review >

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