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Meticulously researched and making excellent use of primary sources ranging from photographs and newspaper clippings to the shocking verdict report of the coroner's jury who ruled her death at the hands of union busting cops "justifiable", despite sixty eyewitnesses who gave sworn statements that their attack was unprovoked, this biography celebrates Fannie Sellins' lasting impact on the history of the labor movement. Sellins' story is shared through short, episodic chapters that each focus on one key moment in labor history or a community she helped organize. The overall design of the book is pleasing and allows the primary sources to do much of the work of telling this important story. Substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935. 10-14. Sylvie Shaffer
This tall tale is perfectly knit together from its classic beginning ("One there was an old woman. She lived in a small village in a small house...") to its satisfying ending about a job well done against enormous odds. Thirty grandchildren in need of sweaters and no peace in which to knit? Don't underestimate old women! Everything about this--story and art--is perfectly paced and hilarious. And not a stitch dropped. K. Meizner. Up to Seven.
This page turning biography will likely make Nellie Bly (her pen name) a new feminist heroine to those who might not know her story. Determined to break into journalism, Nellie worked with Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the tabloid the New York World, to concoct a scheme to get committed to a mental hospital to do undercover work on treatment of the patients there. The result is an eye opening, brave and stressful assignment. Plentiful sidebars add to the information given in this well-researched book. 10-14. Anonymous.
The new school has been built. But he is so nervous! Is he ready to be full of teachers, and students, and learning? Anthropomorphizing the school to help ease the nervousness of kids, who might be attending a new school too, is a typically off-kilter Adam Rex moment. Christian Robinson's gentle and slightly old-fashioned illustrations are a perfect complement. Up to 7. Anonymous.
This fascinating story about a slave-turned-successful-veterinarian and his genius horse who toured the country in the early 1900s teaches the value of perseverance and the necessity of kindness. Minter's warm and detailed paintings work perfectly with the text to tell the story of this unbelievable duo. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
Nick loves to read, and he loves his cats. It seems like a brilliant idea to teach the cats to read. At first Verne and Stevenson don't appreciate Nick's flashcards or nursery rhymes. Nick tries a different method, and Verne becomes quite interested, especially regarding books about fish. But, will Nick be able to convince Stevenson reading is fun? Up to Seven. Megan Crews
A fascinating exploration of the history and development of forensic science and investigation. This non-fiction title surveys topics from fingerprints, blood pattern analysis, autopsies, ballistics, criminal profiling to DNA analysis using real case examples from around the world. The text includes images, primary source material, an extensive sources list, and index. A good introduction to this complex topic for both science/mystery enthusiasts and those with a casual interest in the topic that is detailed but does not overwhelm the reader. Fourteen and Up. K. Troch