In Tokyo during the 1890s, sixteen-year-old Toyo struggles with the clash between western influences and the traditional bushido (samurai) values of his country and his father. Eventually, baseball and bushido help him connect the ancient values of Japan with the modern world.
Two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish, one not, survive in an increasingly volatile Vienna as the Nazis gain power. First published in Yiddish in 1940, the Polish author’s powerful story underscores for today’s children the prevalence of persecution in Europe.
To escape slavery in 1848, Ellen Craft disguised herself as an ailing but wealthy young white man traveling to Philadelphia by train and steamboat with a personal slave (her husband William). Primary sources and period photographs document this engrossing story.
The author, a former magician, brings wry humor and personal insight to this account of Houdini’s egomaniacal quest to become the greatest of all magicians. Houdini’s remarkable showmanship kept the public focused on his feats and will keep young readers equally spellbound.
In a timely, realistic story, fourteen-year-old Nadira strives to keep her illegal immigrant family from Bangladesh together after 9/11 when Muslim registration laws led to her father's incarceration and their near deportation.
This moving biography shows how two young men, one African American and one white, braved intense opposition from both society and family to defend their powerful dreams of equal rights. Archival photographs reveal the violence of this era in American history.
Experienced in breaking rules since childhood, Dizzy Gillespie broke the rules of music as an adult by creating bebop. Swinging, swooping collage illustrations with thick paint lines in cool 1950s colors extend this jazzy book‘s theme.