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Secret Schools: True Stories of the Determination to Learn by Heather Camlot - Book Review

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By Heather Camlot, Erin Taniguchi (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771474603
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Published: Owlkids - September 13th, 2022

Secret schooling has taken many forms. Some to help keep a people’s language and culture alive, some to help enslaved people learn how to become free, some to find ways to keep children off dangerous ghetto streets and have normalcy during war, some underground schools even were formed to help show students how others felt their government was wrong, some taught women and girls despite their gender, some were for billionaire sons, and some have created spies for all nations. In an introductory manner, you learn how secrecy has allowed some of the greatest leaders to happen, kept cultures alive and shaped our history and even, future. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Nour's Secret Library by Wafa' Tarnowska - Book Review

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By Wafa' Tarnowska, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781646862924
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Published: Barefoot Books - March 29th, 2022

This book is about the power of books, the power of one person, the power of a community and how we can learn from each other instead of fighting. The emotional and chaotic images show the ugly of war but also the hope people can find when looking. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Her Name Was Mary Katharine: The Only Woman Whose Name Is on the Declaration of Independence by Ella Schwartz - Book Review

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By Ella Schwartz, Dow Phumiruk (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316298322
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - January 25th, 2022

History has overlooked the one woman’s name that appears at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence: Mary Katharine Goddard. An advocate for “a free and open press,” Mary Katharine devoted her life to ensuring that the American colonists had access to information through her work as a printer and the first postmaster of Baltimore. Her name and accomplishments might have been forgotten forever if she hadn’t had the courage to sign her full name and take credit for printing the first edition of the document that declared our nation’s independence. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


Signs of Survival: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Renee Hartman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338753356
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - January 4th, 2022

Told in alternating points-of-view is the true account of two sisters, Renee and Herta, who survive the horrors of the Holocaust. Being the only member of her family who is not deaf, Renee becomes her family's ears, listening for the telltale footfalls of Nazi troops approaching their home. Despite their best efforts, the sisters find themselves in one of the Nazi's concentration camps, wondering each day if it will be their last. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Patsy Takemoto Mink and the Fight for Title IX by Jen Bryant - Book Review

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By Jen Bryant, Toshiki Nakamura (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062957221
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 25th, 2022

Did you know that Title IX was not just for athletes? It started out as not quite forty words that said that women had to be treated equally in education and sports. Of course, that was only one thing Patsy Takemoto (later Patsy Mink) would do in her life. Patsy would do a lot of things she was not "supposed" to do. She would fight injustices, be the first woman in many places women had never been. And she would change this country in ways nobody probably could imagine. Unless they knew the plucky little four-year-old that followed her older brother to his first day of school. The little girl that would follow the Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times, stand up eight. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780763691561
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

Told in six-line lyrical stanzas and expressive artwork is the moving story of Henry “Box” Brown’s tragic life as a slave and his unique but difficult journey to freedom in the North. Despite the freedom he finally obtains after living his entire life to that point as a slave, there are many who try to take that freedom away from him. His story is a reminder that “freedom is fragile. Handle with care”... and a lesson to not take for granted or give up any of the freedoms that people have fought and died for all through history. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


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