Master 7th Grade Reading List

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In 7th grade your student will continue working at a deeper level of concept while challenging their critical thinking. This reading list is both as suggested fun as well as can be used in unit studies and in comparing and contrasting with various resources. Best suggestion is to begin working with this list for English Essays.

Fiction

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, and was first published as a serial 1837–9. The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then apprenticed with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, which is led by the elderly criminal Fagin.Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens’s unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid–nineteenth century. The alternate title, The Parish Boy’s Progress, alludes to Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress and A Harlot’s Progress.An early example of the social novel, Dickens satirizes the hypocrisies of his time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens’s own youthful experiences contributed as well.Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous adaptations, for various media, including a highly successful musical play, Oliver!, and the multiple Academy Award winning 1968 motion picture.

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby or The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a novel by Charles Dickens. The story centres on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alaxandre Dumas

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

Robin Buss’s lively English translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas’s original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D’Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those being his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all”, a motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan. In genre, The Three Musketeers is primarily a historical novel and adventure. However Dumas also frequently works into the plot various injustices, abuses and absurdities of the ancien regime, giving the novel an additional political aspect at a time when the debate in France between republicans and monarchists was still fierce. The story was first serialized from March to July 1844, during the July monarchy, four years before the French Revolution of 1848 violently established the second Republic. The author’s father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas had been a well-known general in France’s Republican army during the French revolutionary wars. Although adaptations tend to portray d’Artagnan and the three musketeers as heroes, the novel portrays less appealing characters, who are willing to commit violence over slight insults and through unquestioning loyalty to the king and queen, and treat their servants and supposed social inferiors with contempt and violence.

The Story of Bad Boy by Thomas Aldrich

The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), a semi-autobiographical novel by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, is considered the first in the “bad boy” genre of literature. It is hailed as the precursor to stories such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The protagonist Tom Bailey is mischievous, a vandal, and a troublemaker. The narrative follows Tom as he engages in a series of adventures from New Hampshire to New Orleans and beyond. Among the supporting characters, Sailor Ben, Miss Abigail, and Conway stand out. The Story of a Bad Boy is a charming text with many hilarious moments.

God’s Smuggler by Andrew Brother

With over 10 million sold, this classic work is now available in a new edition for young readers ages 9 to 12, complete with riveting illustrations. The exciting narrative follows the dangerous true-life mission of Brother Andrew, a Dutch factory worker who goes undercover to transport Bibles across closed borders. The courage of this young man will thrill a new generation of readers. They will meet one of the heroes of the faith–and discover the miraculous ways in which God provides for those who trust him.

Let Brother Andrew’s powerful adventure story, which has awed millions, inspire the young people in your life. Through its pages they will grow in knowledge of the mission field and understand more clearly what it means to risk everything to follow God’s heart.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Often rated as important as the Bible as a Christian document, this famous story of man’s progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim’s trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful.
An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim’s Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.

The House of Sixty Father by Meindert DeJong

Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territoy. Only a few days before, his family had escaped from the Japanese army, fleeing downriver by boat. Then came the terrible rainstorm. Tien Pao was fast asleep in the little sampan when the boat broke loose from its moorings and drifted right back to the Japanese soldiers. With only his lucky pig for company, Tien Pao must begin a long and dangerous journey in search of his home and family.

Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif

An international bestseller, translated into eighteen languages, Paul de Kruif’s classic account of the first scientists to see and learn about the microscopic world continues to fascinate new readers. This is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered the microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them. De Kruif writes about how seemingly simple but really fundamental discovers of science—for instance, how a microbe was first viewed in a clear drop of rain water, and when, for the first time, Louis Pasteur discovered that a simple vaccine could save a man from the ravages of rabies by attacking the microbes that cause it.

David Livingstone, Foe of Darkness by Jeanette Eaton

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Calico Bush by Rachel Field

In 1743, thirteen-year-old Marguerite Ledoux travels to Maine as the indentured servant of a family that regards her as little better than the Indians that threaten them, but her strength, quick thinking and courage surprise them all.

Horatio Hornblower by C.S Forester

This omnibus edition of the Hornblower Saga contains the first three novels C.S. Forester wrote about Horatio Hornblower — Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line, and Flying Colours. During the Age of Sail, mastery of the art of naval warfare was daunting — the necessary knowledge and skill required was massive, the need for resourceful leadership essential, and the ability to face war and savagery critical. The complexity of the ships will stagger, the battles will haunt your dreams, and the men will consume your imagination. C.S. Forester brings it all to life.

Beat to Quarters: (The Happy Return in the U.K.)

In June 1808, Captain Hornblower is assigned command of the 36-gun frigate HMS Lydia with orders to sail to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua on a secret mission to deliver armaments and form an alliance against England’s military enemy — Spain. Hornblower quickly discovers that his contact, the revolutionary leader, Alvarado, is a deranged man who imagines himself to be the descendant of gods and who has been killing all who oppose him. However, Hornblower does exactly as ordered and delivers the arms in order to beat to quarters, or prepare for combat. In the midst of this struggle, Hornblower must also provide safe passage for an aristocratic English noblewoman, Lady Barbara Wellesley, whose political connections must not be slighted. There is another desperate single-ship action, another glimpse of the madman, Alvarado, more Spanish intrigue, and romance held back by political caution before Hornblower can manage to turn his ship for the voyage home.

Ship of the Line:

It’s now May 1810. Hornblower’s success on the HMS Lydia earned him fame, but no fortune, and as a reward he is assigned command of his first ship-of-the-line, the seventy-four gun HMS Sutherland. Ugly and undesirable, the Sutherland is also 250 men short of a full crew. Undaunted, Hornblower uses his wits and meager financial resources to find the men he needs (i.e. kidnaps thieves and impresses a few convicts), purchase armaments, and prepare his ship to join a prolonged blockade along the Spanish coast. Shaken about a tragedy at home and conflicted about his relationship with is wife, Hornblower must stay true to his duty. He and his crew face capture and defeat as they are forced to fight a fleet of French ships with daring but crippling results. With many of his men killed or wounded and his ship in ruins, Hornblower must lower his flag and do the unthinkable — surrender his ship to the French.

Flying Colours:

A disgraced and shipless Hornblower, his first lieutenant, Bush, and his coxswain, Brown, are held prisoner in a French-occupied Spanish fortress on the Mediterranean Sea. Napoleon is keen to make an example of a British subject and sends one of his personal aides to accompany Hornblower and his two crew members to Paris for trial and probable execution. During transport in a snowstorm, they succeed in overthrowing their escort and escape in a small boat down the Loire River. The three find refuge with a nobleman and remain in hiding for the rest of the winter. Hornblower has an intense but brief affair with the nobleman’s widowed daughter-in-law, but when Spring arrives, he and Bush and Brown make their way to the sea and escape to England.

Unlike previous Hornblower adventures, naval action is not key to this rousing and splendidly detailed story. Flying Colours departs momentarily from scenes of sea battle to engage the reader in Napoleonic era history and a deeper examination of Hornblower’s imperfect but ever captivating character.

Mrs. Mike by Ben Freedman

Recently arrived in Calgary, Alberta after a long, hard journey from Boston, sixteen-year-old Katherine Mary O’Fallon never imagined that she could lose her heart so easilyor so completely. Standing over six feet tall, with “eyes so blue you could swim in them,” Mike Flannigan is a well-respected sergeant in the Canadian Mounted Policeand a man of great courage, kindness, and humor. Together, he and his beloved Kathy manage to live a good, honest life in this harsh, unforgiving landand find strength in a love as beautiful and compelling as the wilderness around them…

The Last Crusader by George Grant

Christopher Columbus’ journal reveals that he was not only a man of God, but that his voyage in 1492 was motivated in part by his evangelistic zeal. Written in narrative, this story concludes with a discussion of the conflicts and controversies that suddenly surrounded the navigator during the quincentennial celebration of his accomplishment.

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry

The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume.  The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader’s delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America’s favorite storyteller.  They are tales in his most mellow, humorous, and ironic moods.  They give the full range and flavor of the man born William Sydney Porter but known throughout the world as O. Henry, one of the great masters of the short story.

By Pike and Dyke  by G.A Henty

In this story Mr. Henty traces the adventures and brave deeds of an English boy in the household of the ablest man of his age – William the Silent. Edward Martin, the son of an English sea-captain, enters the service of the Prince as a volunteer, and is employed by him in many dangerous and responsible missions, in the discharge of which he passes through the great sieges of the time…

In Freedom’s Cause by G.A Henty

At the end of the thirteenth century, the oppressed people of Scotland rebelled against their despised English ruler, Edward Longshanks. In Freedom’s Causerecounts the Scots’ desperate but ultimately triumphant struggle in the face of overwhelming odds — a hard-fought series of battles conducted under the leadership of William Wallace and Robert Bruce.
Time has burnished the feats of these great heroes to mythic proportions, but Wallace and Bruce were real people. This gripping tale of courage, loyalty, and ingenuity recounts their deeds within an accurate historical context. Readers join their company alongside a fictional protagonist, young Archie Forbes, whose estates have been wrongfully confiscated. Archie forms a group of scouts to fight alongside the legendary Scottish chieftains (who were memorably portrayed in the film Braveheart) for their country’s independence.
In Freedom’s Cause is one among the many historical novels for young readers by George Alfred Henty. A storyteller who specialized in blending authentic historical facts with exciting fictional characters, Henty produced more than 140 books and achieved a reputation as “The Prince of Storytellers.” Immensely popular and widely used in schools for many years, Henty’s novels continue to fire young imaginations with their spirited tales of adventure amid exciting historical eras.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. 

Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

Captains Courageous by Kipling Rudyard

At the start of Captains Courageous, one of literature’s most beloved stories of the sea, a spoiled rich boy is literally swept away — dashed overboard from an ocean liner. Luckily, young Harvey Cheyne is rescued by a passing fishing vessel. As it turns out, Harvey’s apparent misfortune in tumbling from a life of pampered luxury into the humble company of a fishing schooner becomes a blessing in disguise. Compelled by the captain to earn his keep, Harvey loses his affectations as he learns the rewards of an honest day’s labor amid the gruff and hearty companionship of the crewmen, who teach him to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. 
Readers of all ages have delighted in Kipling’s engaging maritime yarn since its initial appearance in 1897. The author’s only novel to unfold in an American setting, this lively tale resounds with Kipling’s customary blend of adventure and humor. This attractive new edition, unabridged and inexpensive, offers an irresistible invitation to a master storyteller’s enduring tale of a boy’s initiation into adulthood.

This Dear-Bought Land by Jean – Lee Latham

In 1607 a fifteen-year-old boy joins the expeditionary force that hopes to establish a permanent English colony in Virginia.

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in C. S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy. It tells the adventure of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, who is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the “silent planet”—Earth—whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of the trilogy, Dr. Ransom’s adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiac kingdom.

That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

In this, the final book in C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and PerelandraThat Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. Finding himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok, Dr. Ransom struggles with questions of ethics and morality, applying age-old wisdom to a brave new universe dominated by science. His quest for truth is a journey filled with intrigue and suspense.

Know What You Believe by Paul Little

What does Christianity have to do with anything? What does the Christian faith teach about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? What do I need to know about angels, Satan and demons? What place should the Bible or a church have in my life? By exploring these and other core questions, bestselling author Paul E. Little leads you into a greater appreciation of a God who has done great things to bring you into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ. He presents ten bottom-line, non-negotiable truths of Christianity using humorous, anecdotal illustrations gathered from years of experience helping believers share their faith with not-yet Christians. Expanded and updated throughout by Paul’s wife Marie, this contemporary edition is packed with illuminating answers to questions and misconceptions about the Christian faith, with study questions for each chapter.

Know Why You Believe by Paul Little

After 2,000 years, no question is going to bring Christianity crashing.” Do science and Scripture conflict? Are miracles possible? Is Christian experience real? Why does God allow suffering and evil? These are just a few of the twelve most common intellectual challenges to faith that Paul E. Little encountered during his twenty-five years of speaking and teaching in the university. These questions need solid answers, and that’s what a million people have already found in this clear and reasonable response to the toughest questions posed to Christian belief. Sprinkling in a few “sure-fire jokes” and other humorous illustrations, Little uses these questions to jog readers’ thinking and help them examine their present worldviews, ranging from scientific determinism to rabid existentialism. By thinking through the most common challenges to Christian faith, believers will be prepared to answer others out of the wellspring of their own certainty. This edition, revised and updated by Marie Little in consultation with experts in science and archaeology, provides twenty-first-century information and offers solid ground for those who are willing to search for truth. Including a study guide for individuals or groups, Know Why You Believe is the classic answerbook on Christian faith.

The Baronet’s Song by George MacDonald

This is the captivating story of an orphan whose life communicates truth despite his inability to speak, told by the master nineteenth-century Scottish storyteller, George MacDonald.

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

In this redesigned edition of Scott O’Dell’s classic novel, a young Native American woman, accompanied by her infant and her cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day by Scott O’Dell 

Tom Barton and his Uncle Jack help William Tyndale smuggle newly translated Bibles into England.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel was first published in 1905 and has proved to be Orczy’s most famous and popular novel. The work was originally rejected by publishers, so she refashioned it as a play, with little initial success.
The book continued to be popular throughout the twentieth century and was adapted for film, stage and television on multiple occasions. One of the most famous and well-considered adaptations is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard and directed by Harold Young. The television adaptations include a 1955-56 version and the 1999-2000 BBC production starring Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is set in 1792 during the French Revolution, but centres on an English hero performing great and brave deeds in a violent and murderous climate. Marguerite St Just is a beautiful French actress, who is married to the English fop, Sir Percy Blakeney. The couple have become estranged as Marguerite has tired of her husband’s seemingly superficial lifestyle. She has heard about the exploits of the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel — an unknown English man — who is daily helping French aristocrats to escape the Revolution. She is captivated and entranced by the stories surrounding him, but is soon forced into a position where she must assist the French ambassador to England in capturing the elusive man. Orczy’s novel unfolds with a series of twists and turns, with frequent moments of excitement and tension. The author’s aristocratic heritage no doubt contributed to the politically conservative nature of the work, and her desire to make the hero of a tale an Englishman also underlines not only her own views but her belief in the nationalistic disposition of her English readership.

The Good Master by Kate Seredy

Jancsi is overjoyed to hear that his cousin from Budapest is coming to spend the summer on his father’s ranch on the Hungarian plains. But their summer proves more adventurous than he had hoped when headstrong Kate arrives, as together they share horseback races across the plains, country fairs and festivals, and a dangerous run-in with the gypsies.
 
In vividly detailed scenes and beautiful illustrations, this Newbery Award-winning author presents an unforgettable world and characters who will be remembered forever. 

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond) won the Newbery Medal in 1962. This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of 18-year-old Daniel bar Jamin – a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. 

A fast-paced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, the idea of home, community, and ultimately, as Jesus says to Daniel: “Can’t you see, Daniel, it is hate that is the enemy? Not men. Hate does not die with killing. It only springs up a hundredfold. The only thing stronger than hate is love.” 

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses is an 1888 historical and romance novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The novel is set in the reign of King Henry VI and during the Wars of the Roses (1455–1487). The book tells the story of Richard Shelton becoming a knight, rescuing his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtaining justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest main weapon and calling card is a black arrow.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

A new, beautifully laid-out, easy-to-read edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic thriller, originally published 1886.

Morning Star of the Reformation by Andy Thomas

When young John of Wycliffe arrives at Oxford University, he finds it a fascinating and perilous place. With his friend, Sebastian Ayleton, John experiences the terrible plague called “the pestilence” (the Black Death), and he becomes involved in clashes between university factions as well as riots among the townspeople. Whenever he can find time away from his studies, John’s favorite place is the inn of the Kicking Pony. There, he and his companions discuss the political and religious issues of the day, and it is with his friends that he first shares his growing vision of an English Bible for all Englishmen to read. In the darkness of medieval England, John’s pursuit of truth gleams like a solitary star, the morning star that promises the sunrise to come. He paved the way for the theologians of the next century and opened hearts in preparation for the great Reformation itself.

Historical fiction

The American Revolution (Landmark) by Bruce Bliven

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal by Joan Bios

Guns of Thunder by Douglas Bond

Rebel’s Keep by Douglas Bond

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party by Marian Calabro

The American Revolution by Alice Carter

Noah Webster: Master of Words by David Collins

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark) by Margaret Cousins

Mark Twain by Clinton Cox

Undying Glory: True Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment by Clinton Cox

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe

Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty

The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth de Trevino

North American Indian by DK Eyewitness

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes

George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz

Why Not, Lafayette? by Jean Fritz

The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton

Cromwell’s Boy by Erik Haugaard

The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson

Jahanara: Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky

The Captive Princess by Wendy Lawton

The Tinker’s Daughter by Wendy Lawton

Forgotten Founding Father: George Whitefield by Stephen Mansfield

The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson

A Young Patriot by Jim Murphy

The African Slave Trade by Shirlee Newman

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

Hero Tales from American History by T. Roosevelt

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery

How We Crossed the West by Rosalyn Schnauzer

Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Democracy by John Severance

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Give Me Liberty by David Vaughn

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Nonfiction

Facing Frederick : The Life Of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden

Teacher. Self-emancipator. Orator. Author. Man. Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) is one of the most important African American figures in US history, best known, perhaps, for his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent in slavery and his famous autobiography. Delving into his family life and travel abroad, this book captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. As a statesman, suffragist, writer, newspaperman, and lover of the arts, Douglass the man, rather than the historical icon, is the focus in Facing Frederick.

Votes For Women! : American Suffragists And The Battle For The Ballot by Winifred Conkling

On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost 80-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law in to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights.

In this expansive yet personal volume, author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists’ achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women’s champions.

From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention; to Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president; to Sojourner Truth and her famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”; to Alice Paul, who was arrested and force-fed in prison, Conkling combines thorough research with gripping storytelling to bring the battle for the right to vote to vivid life.

Votes for Women! also explores the movement’s often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the temperance and abolition movements, and takes unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in the fight for the women’s vote. Votes for Women! is a mesmerizing listen, perfect for fans of propulsive narrative nonfiction stories like Most Dangerous and The Family Romanov.

Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir by Margarita Engle

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.

Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

The Family Romanov : Murder, Rebellion, And The Fall Of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

A Dog In The Cave : The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg

Strange Fruit. Volume 1, Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History by Joel Christian Gill

Girl Code : Gaming, Going Viral, And Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales

Vincent And Theo : The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

The Faithful Spy : Dietrich Bonhoeffer And The Plot To Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

Fatal Fever : Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

Beyond Magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Voices In The Air : Poems For Listeners by Noami Shihab Nye

The Whydah : A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, And Found by Martin W. Sandler

The 57 Bus by  Dashka Slater

Chasing King’s Killer : The Hunt For Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson