|An Ellis Island Christmas
||Maxinne Rhea Leighton
||Krysia and her family leave Poland to meet her father in America.
She experiences a variety of emotions on their voyage across the
ocean, and makes friends with other passengers on the ship.
|Cornstalks and Cannonballs*
||War with England, 1812
||The legendary story of when the citizens of Lewes,
Delaware pulled together and scared away a British ship that was
blocking their harbor.
|Escaping to America: A True Story*
||This book is based on the true story of the authors
relatives who fled Poland after WWI due to anti-Semitic violence.
The family's relatives had already established themselves in America
and would vouch for them. However, they still had to escape from
the war zone in Poland and survive the voyage to the U.S.
||Translated by Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes
||World War II
||This is a true story about zoo animals in Tokyo that
had to be killed during the bombing of the city during WWII for
fear they would run through the town if the zoo was bombed directly.
The main focus of the story in on three trained elephants.
|Freedom School, Yes!*
||Civil Rights during the Summer of 1964
||This story is based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom
School Summer Project. Despite the church where the Freedom
school was to be taught being burnt down and other hardships,
the freedom school is established, and Jolie, he main character
learns about her Black-American heritage. Illustrated by Floyd
||Cilvil Rights during the Summer of 1964
||This book takes place during the Summer when the
Civil Rights act of 1964 was passed. Segregation, southern white
retaliation to the law, and the willingness to stand up for what
you believe are exposed through the friendship of two young boys,
one white and one black.
||After traveling around the U.S., the author's grandfather returns
to Japan and his family. He tells his grandson Allen tales of
California, and eventually the young man moves there. He finds
he loves both places, and he misses them whenever he is away.
||Walter's grandpa explains why he chose to come to America when
other members of his family stayed in Lithuania. Walter wonders
if he would have done the same if he had been in his grandpa's
||The American Revolution
||Katie's parents are known as loyalists on the eve of the American
Revolution. When the Patriots come to their house in search of
supplies, Katie hides in a trunk. Although one man finds her,
he keeps her secret and leaves her in peace. His actions teach
Katie that good people can have different beliefs.
|Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
|The Underground Railroad
||Clara is a young slave girl living on a plantation. She devises
a secret code for the underground railroad that is quilted onto
||Japanese internment camps.
||Emi's friend gives her a bracelet the day before she is sent
to an internment camp. She loses the bracelet, but with her mother's
help she realizes she can remember her loved ones without tangible
|The Lily Cupboard
||Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
||World War II in Europe
||During WWII, a young Jewish girl named Miriam is sent to stay
with a farm family. When soldiers come to search the farm, she
is forced to hide in a secret cupboard to remain safe.
|Thunder at Gettysburg
||Battle of Gettysburg
||Tilly watches the Battle of Gettysburg from her attic
window as though it were a circus. However, soon she finds herself
drawn into the terrible and seemingly unending fray.
|When Jessie Came Across the
||Thirteen year old Jessie travels from a tiny village
in Eastern Europe to NYC and, with patience and determination,
finds success and happiness in her new country. Earns sufficient
money to bring her beloved grandmother to America. Exquisite
illustrations by P.J. Lynch.