Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America: (Book #1)
About the Book
The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely
agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a
multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central
government. He believed that such an America would be a land of
opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put
him at odds with his archivals who envisioned a pastoral America of
small towns, where governments were local, states would control their
own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.
The disputes that arose during America’s first decades
continued through American history to our present day. Over time,
because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision
won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream—a poor
immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from
poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our
country than any of his contemporaries.
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In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel
like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the
feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those
worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching,
the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood
Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their
rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for
the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned
businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr.
Betty Shabazz is born.
Inspired by Betty's real life--but expanded
upon and fictionalized through collaboration with novelist Renée
Watson--Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s
childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl
overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will
resonate with young readers today.
Backmatter included. This title has Common Core connections.
The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.
Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly
beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift
in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are
Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce
and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.
Crow has always
been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a
mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of
her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events
is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
About the Author
Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet, artist, and author of the adult novel Those Who Favor Fire, the Newbery Honor-winning novel Wolf Hollow, and the Scott O’Dell Award-winning Beyond the Bright Sea.
She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode
Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on
Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her
life. Book Uncle, who runs a free lending library on the street corner,
always has the perfect book for her. But when Book Uncle seems to be in
trouble, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
With the elections coming up and the grown-ups busy with their own
affairs, what difference can Yasmin and her friends possibly make? Will
they get help from Karate Samuel, the eccentric superstar who's standing
for Mayor? Yasmin gets to work, ideas begin to fly like feathers, and soon everything starts to spin - out of control.
When eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that
her recording be included in Carl Sagan's Golden Record, something
unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live
in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches,
which is challenging to say the least—but also turns out to be a
convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn't want
around. Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear
within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she's taking
care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that
are just too painful to have around.
It's not until Stella, her
younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy, and even the bathroom tub all
get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella comes to realize she has
been letting her own grief consume her. And that's not the only thing
she realizes as she attempts to get back home. This is an astonishingly
original and funny adventure with a great big heart.
About the Author
Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds an MFA in creative writing from the
University of Virginia. She is the author of several children’s books,including Confessions of an Imaginary Friend and The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles . She lives in Berkshire County in Massachusetts.
The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life.
While there are some differences—Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves
his locks—both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game
of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart.
former professional basketball player dad and an assistant principal
mom, there is an
intensely strong home front supporting sports and
education in equal measures.
When life intervenes in the form of a hot
new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful.
Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud.
thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC
For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball
sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan
And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s
Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a poetry
enthusiast who moves
into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his
stomach into a deep fryer.
He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land
developer who rolls into town and threatens
to change it.
to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he
schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest
through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.
year the people of the protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the
witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her
from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind.
She shares her home with a wise swamp monster and a perfectly tiny
dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families
on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight
on the journey. One year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight
instead of starlight, filling an ordinary child with extraordinary
magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her
But as Luna's 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to
emerge, with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the
protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch.
Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet
for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman
with the tiger's heart is on the prowl.