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Ten to Fourteen, 2011 List

Marc
Aronson and Marina Budhos
Clarion
9780618574926
$20.00
2010

Crisp archival illustrations, photographs, maps, and extensive back matter complement an absorbing, well-woven narrative revealing how humanity’s desire for sugar enriched many, enslaved millions, and ultimately fueled revolutions and a new concept of “freedom”. A thought-provoking history.

Susan Campbell
Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin
9780618440337
$19.00
2010

This dispassionate, well-researched history filled with powerful archival images and individual stories from the members as well as the victims of this terrifying group offers invaluable insight into human nature. Appended material including a bibliography, source notes, and time line underscore the author's meticulous scholarship.

Erin
Bow
Arthur A. Levine
9780545166645
$17.99
2010

Fearful and superstitious townsfolk drive orphaned Kate from her home. Alone except for Taggle, her cat, she joins the Roamers in a desperate quest to reclaim her shadow, having traded it to the dangerous witch, Linay, in exchange for the unspoken desire of her heart.

BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY
Larry Dane
Brimner
Calkins Creek
9781590786130
$17.95
2010

In 1963, someone killed four little girls in a racially-motivated bomb attack. Who were they, and what events led to that tragic day? Black and white photos, thorough research, and a moving narrative provide context for this chronological account of a horrific event.

Loree Griffin
Burns
Ellen Harasimowicz
Houghton Mifflin
9780547152318
$18.00
2010

Because agriculture depends on bees to pollinate crops, a sudden drop in the bee population alarmed scientists and bee keepers. They began studying "colony collapse disorder," a phenomenon where bees mysteriously disappear from their hives.  Excellent color photographs enhance this clear demonstration of the scientific process.

Sharon M.
Draper
Atheneum
9781416971702
$16.99
2010

Not until she receives a communication board does Melody reveal her brilliant mind, silenced since birth by cerebral palsy. This poignant novel explores the challenges and triumphs of living with a disability and dealing with the prejudices and convictions of others.

Kathryn
Erskine
Philomel
9780399252648
$15.99
4/15/10

Caitlin is a fifth grader with Asperger's Syndrome.  The death of her older brother in a school shooting launches her on a journey not only to identify her emotions but also to feel them so that she and her grieving father can find closure.

War_To_End_All_Wars
Russell
Freedman
Clarion
9780547026862
$22.00
2010

Historical photographs and vignettes of German and Allied soldiers with excerpts from their letters and diaries unflinchingly and elegantly portray the senseless waste and horror of war in the first global conflict to use modern weapons.

Lafayette_and_the_American_Revolution
Russell
Freedman
Holiday House
9780823421824
$24.95
2010

Vivid period reproductions and primary source documents lend an exciting immediacy to this portrait of the young, idealistic Lafayette who matured into a savvy tactician and passionate ambassador for freedom. Appended timeline, source notes, and bibliography inspire further acquaintance with this dashing figure.