Macht, Norman Jim Abbott: Major League Pitcher
Could someone play Little League baseball if they only had one hand? Jim Abbott did. But he didn’t stop there. He made it all the way to the Major Leagues where he was an All-Star who pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees. It’s an amazing story about overcoming adversity that will even interest someone who doesn’t like baseball.
Myers, Walter Dean The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
Many rank Muhammad Ali as the greatest boxer of all-time. Some say he is the greatest athlete ever. Award winning author, Walter Dean Myers, tells Ali’s amazing story. He describes Ali’s rise to boxing greatness. He tells about Ali’s strong political beliefs which caused him to once lose his boxing crown. He goes into Ali’s battle with Parkinson’s disease which probably resulted from boxing injuries. And he details Ali’s colorful personality which made him one of sport’s best known personalities.
Sheinkin, Steve The Notorious Benedict Arnold NEWLY LISTED
Benedict Arnold was one of George Washington’s best generals. He was the hero of the decisive Battle of Saratoga. But then he became America’s most infamous traitor who almost cost America victory in the American Revolution. Find out why Arnold did this, and how our own John Paulding stopped his treacherous plan.
Balcavage, Dynise Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the greatest music composers of all-time. He created works with power and passion unlike anything anyone had ever heard before. His achievements are even more amazing because he overcame several serious illnesses especially the loss of his hearing in his later years.
Goodnough, David Simon Bolivar: South American Liberator
Most students know that George Washington got America its independence from the British.
But who helped countries like Ecuador, Venezuela, and Columbia gain their freedom from Spain? It was Simon Bolivar. Find out about his great passion for freedom and his dream of unifying the places he liberated into one great country, a United States of South America.
Brennan, Kristine Diana, Princess of Wales
Wouldn’t it be great to be a princess who had the most amazing clothes and jewelry and lived in a castle. That’s what Diana Spencer got when she married Britain’s Prince Charles. But she wanted her life to more than that. She wanted to be a good mother for her son, William, the future King of England. Find out how she was. And she wanted to use her fame to help innocent children seriously injured by war. Find out how she did that too.
Adair, Gene Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age 141 pages
Very few people have the ability to transform the lives of millions of people. Thomas Edison was one of them. Thanks to Edison’s creative genius we have the light bulb, recorded music, and movies not to mention the hundreds of other things he invented. This book has many sidebars that describe some of Edison’s noteworthy inventions.
Fleischman, Sid Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini! 210 pages
Who was this amazing man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, make elephants disappear? In these pages, you will meet the astonishing Houdini-magician, daredevil, and king of escape artists. The author, a Newberry Award winner, adds a unique perspective since he is a well known magician himself.
Fleischman, Sid The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West 224 pages
The story of famous novelist Mark Twain, the wisecracking humorist and writer who spent some of his younger years travelling in the untamed West. Many funny stories of his jobs there, his travels, and the people that he met along the way.
Chronicles the life and career of Michael Jackson from his days with the Jackson 5 to his rise as a global superstar. Tells about a life that had stunning highs and lows and was probably far too short. Includes many amazing photos from Life Magazine.
Jeter, Derek and Curry, Jack The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dream 279 pages
Ever wonder what it would be like to turn your dreams into a reality? In this book, Yankee superstar, Derek Jeter, shares the practical program he used growing up to achieve his personal and professional goals. He suggests that readers set their goals high, challenge themselves each day, and not be afraid to fail.
Blumenthal, Karen Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
Presents the life and career of the computer and technology genius who developed Apple computers, iPOds, iPhones, and iPads. The book also has helpful sidebars that explain things like how a computer’s memory works. Many see Jobs as a 21st century version of the great inventor Thomas Edison.
Wyborny, Sheila Dwayne Johnson
Imagine being a football star. Then imagine becoming a superstar wrestler known all over the world as “The Rock.” And finally imagine becoming a world famous movie star. That’s Dwayne Johnson’s amazing story. Find out about his unusual background, and his ability to move from one part of the entertainment world to another so successfully.
Keller, Helen Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
Imagine not being able to see. Imagine not being able to hear. Losing either sense would be terrible. Helen Keller lost both. But Helen overcame these two significant problems by learning how to communicate through sign language. This is her amazing story in her own words.
Faccio, Leonardo Messi
What is it like to be the world's best player in the world's biggest sport? Lionel Messi has received this honor not once but three times. Find out how he developed into a soccer superstar. Learn about the amazing records he set. And find out about the pressures Messi faces: the pressure to lead Argentina's powerful national team, the exhausting schedule of games both in Spain and South America, the publicity appearances and commercials. The author interviews everyone from Messi himself to his family and friends and even his favorite butcher to describe this global star.
St. John, Warren Outcasts United : the story of a refugee soccer team that changed a town
One day Luma Mufich visited Clarkson, Georgia. She found amazing town where refuges from 15 different countries where playing soccer on almost every available space. Luma quit her job so she could become Clarkson’s soccer coach. She realized that this was where she needed to be. It was a place where she could make a real difference. Find out how she did.
Colbert, David Michelle Obama
Tells the story of a girl from an ordinary background who became one of the most influential women in the world today. Focuses mostly on her youth and early years of marriage. But it also describes her role in helping her husband to become the 44th President of the United States.
Lewis, Michael The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
The story of a young African American man who faced many difficult problems while growing up which seemed certain to keep him from ever achieving greatness. His mother was a serious drug addict. He didn’t know who his father was. He couldn’t read or write, and he was homeless. Find out how he overcame these problems with the help of a rich white family to become an important member of the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
Fritz, Jean Bully For You Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt became the President of the United States by accident. Thank goodness he did. He used his enormous energy to reform corrupt government, to conserve the environment especially the wild animals he loved and to make the United States a world power. It was written by award winning author Jean Fritz from Dobbs Ferry in her uniquely fun and exciting style.
McElroy, Lisa Sonia Sotomayor: First Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor is a very interesting person. She grew up near us in New York City. Her hard working parents spoke English as a second language. Sonia faced serious problems when she was young. She had diabetes and her father died when she was only 9 years old. But Sonia was determined to succeed, and she did. In 2009, President Obama appointed her to the United States Supreme Court. These judges make important decisions about our laws. Sonia is only the third woman ever to be on the Supreme Court, and she’s the first person of Latino descent to be in this important position.
Fritz, Jean You Want Women to Vote, Lizzy Stanton?
Tells the story of Elizabeth Stanton, the remarkable woman who led the fight to get women the right to vote. Not only does the book skillfully describe Elizabeth’s strong personality, but it also gives a clear picture of the society she worked to change. . It was written by award winning author Jean Fritz from Dobbs Ferry in her uniquely fun and exciting style.
Clucas, Joan Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa went to India to help others as a teacher. She decided she wasn't doing enough. So she started a group dedicated to helping lessen the suffering of poor people in India. By the end of her life, she and her group were helping poor people all over the world. Many people are inspired by her total dedication to helping others no matter how difficult and dangerous that might be.
Freedman, Russell Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion
Who is the greatest male athlete of all time? Is it Muhammad Ali or Pele or Babe Ruth? It’s hard to say. There’s much less of a question about the greatest female athlete of all time. It’s probably Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Babe was an All-American basketball player, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field and a champion golfer who won 82 tournaments. But most importantly, she proved that sports were not just for men.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Beginning back in Colonial times with the astronomer Benjamin Baneker and including Martin Luther King and Barack Obama, this book tells of ten men who dared to believe and achieve. They withstood oppression, fought injustice, and broke barriers.