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Washington is Burning
Written by Marty Rhodes Figley
Published by Millbrook Press, 2006

Fifteen-year-old Paul Jennings looked out the window of the President's House. America was at war with Britain, and British soldiers were marching toward Washington. Terrified people were fleeing the city. But Paul was not going to join them yet. He was a slave who belonged to President Madison and his wife, Dolley. Dolley did not want to leave until her husband returned from the battlefront. Paul stayed by her side, helping her pack up official papers and belongings. Finally, they could wait no
longer. But there was one more treasure they had to save. Were they too late?

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John Adams Speaks For Freedom
Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Published by Simon and Schuster, 2005

John Adams didn't enjoy traveling. He much preferred to stay home with his wife and children. But John Adams also had a dream: He wanted to see the thirteen colonies free from English rule. He wanted to see the creation of a new country -- the United States of America. John Adams did whatever was needed to make his dream come true.

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Keeping the Promise A Torah's Journey
Written by Tami Lehman Wilzig
Published by Kar-Ben Publishing, 2003

Follow the incredible journey of a small Torah scroll from a Dutch rabbi to a Bar Mitzvah boy during the Holocaust and finally to Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died on space shuttle Columbia.

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"Keeping the Promise" made the New York Reading Association's suggested reading list and also won a 2005 International Reading Association (IRA) Teachers' Choice Award.

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Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express
Written by Marlene Targ Brill
Published by Millbrook Press, 2004

Bronco Charlie longs for a life of Adventure. At the age of eleven, he’s been a sailor, a cowboy, and a tamer of wild bucking broncos. But Charlie is always itching for new challenges, and when a Pony Express horse shows up rider less, Charlie gets his big chance. The next station is fifty miles away, and Charlie will have to ride through rugged mountains in the blinding rain to safely deliver the mail. With the threat of hostile Indians, wild animals, and the dangers of riding at night, will Charlie find the courage to face his fears and prove that you’re never too young to be brave?

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"Bronco Charlie" won a International Reading Association (IRA) Teachers' Choice Award. It was also picked as a Children's Book Council (CBC) Children's Choice.

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Uncommon Revolutionary: A Story About Thomas Paine
Written by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Published by Millbrook Press, 2003

Thomas Paine believed that American liberty was not only possible but worth dying for. He was dissatisfied with his quiet life until he traveled to the American colonies. There, the cause of American freedom from English rule lit a fire within him. To inspire colonists to support and fight the war, he wrote Common Sense and The American Crisis. He was the first person to use the term the United States of America in print. He helped transform an entire nation with the power of his words.

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Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist
Written by Ginger Wadsworth
Published by Millbrook Press, 2003

Gazing up at the stars, Benjamin Banneker longed to understand how and why things worked as they did. In a time when most black Americans were slaves, Banneker lived a life of freedom and became known as America's first black American man of science. He helped survey Washington, D.C., and became the first black American to write an almanac. Through his accomplishments, he helped advance the cause of equality for African Americans.

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"Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist" was chosen as one of the 2003 Outstanding Science Trade Books for students K-12. The judges were the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. The book was also picked as a Science Books & Films Best Books for Children.

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Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy
Written by Shannon Zemlicka
Published by Millbrook Press, 2002

As the Revolutionary War began, Nathan Hale immediately joined up on the side of the Patriots. When General Washington needed a spy, Hale was the only man to volunteer for the job. In the end, Hale lost his life for his beliefs and became a true American hero.

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