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6th Grade
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I Won't Grow UPWhen I Was Your Age, Vol 1-2, edited by Amy Ehrlich (850, 930)p. 17
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FolkloreLightning ThiefOh, My Gods by Megan Bryant (960),
Greek Mythology by Simone Payment (920)--other mythology books in this series Mythology Around the World,
Mythology--DK by Neil Philip (1050)
Olympians series (Hades, Athena, Hercules, Hera) by O'Connor (640-720)p. 21
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Figure It OutFingerprint Wizards: The Secret of Forensic Science by Ross Piper, Forensic Science (DK) by Chris Cooper(1170), Case Closed: 9 Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes (1000)p. 25
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Embracing HeritageAmerica Street : a multicultural anthology of stories, edited by Ann Mazer (870)The Causes of the American Revolution by Dale Anderson, The Russian Revolution by Susan Willoughby, The Thirteen Colonies by Marc Tyler Nobleman p. 30
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Courageous CharactersBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (490),
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (800),
many dystopian novels would fit in this category if you aren't looking for realistic novels
Medal of Honor: Portaits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier, Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella (1020)Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (1410),
Profiles in Sports Courage by Ken Rappoport (720),
Our Eleanor by Candice Fleming (1040),
many other biographies would fit in this category
p. 35
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Winging ItFlygirl by Sherri Smith (680), The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (1160),
Where Were You When?: 180 Unforgettable Moments in Living History by Ian Harrison
Amelia Lost by Candice Fleming (930)p. 39
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7th Grade
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Characters with Character(Union uses) Good Master, Sweet Ladies by Laura Schlitz;
Journal of Ben Uchida and Journey to Topaz
Watsons Go to Birmingham (1000) (Albion uses)
Medieval Life by Andrew Langley (1120)
Japanese Internment Camps by Gail Sadurai(980),
Civil Rights Movement in America by Elaine Landau (1080)
Desert Exile by Yoshita Uchida (1280)p. 45
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PerseverancePerseverance
Schooled by Gordon Korman (740)
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller byDoreen Rappaport (picture book)














Little Rock Girl 1957 by Shelley Tougas
Temple Grandin: How the Girls who Loved Cows Embraces Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery (960)
Lucille Ball: Actress and Comedienne by DeAnn Herringshaw
(And various other biographies for a unit on people who have persevered amidst adversity - Union's unit)


Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambertp. 59
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Courage in Life and LitOutsiders (750) (Albion uses)Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth ThomsonYummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shortyp. 64
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Survival in the WildMy Side of the Mountain by Jean C. George; Hugh Glass, Mountain Man by Robert McClung; Surviving Jamestown by Gail Karwoski; The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse; Pioneer Children of Appalachia by Joan Anderson
Life of Pi by Martel Yann; Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
Trapped in a Canyon! Aron Ralston's Story of Survival by Matt Doeden
Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole by Walter Dean Myers
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing;  Surviving Natural Disasters by Jen Green; Survive Alive Series: Finding Food and Water, In an Emergency, Fire and Cooking, Finding Your Way all by Neil Champion
p. 78
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Science or FictionEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card (780); Book of Enchantments by Patricia Wrede (810); Last Book in the Universe (740);Unwind by Neal Shusterman (740)A Kids Guide To Aliens by Barbara J. Davis (830)
Aliens by Jim Pipe (830)
Unsolved Extraterrestrial Mysteries by David Southwell
Alien Abductions: the Unsolved Mystery by Lisa McCormick (660)
Searching for Close Encounters with Aliens by Ian M. Goldfard
The Hero Schliemann by Laura Schlitzp. 82
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Lit Reflects LifeWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (770)p.95
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8th Grade
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Process of the Journey
Hitch by Jeanette Ingold;
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton;
The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien;
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell;
The American Story: Settling the West by the Editors of Time-Life Books;
"Oh, My Gods by Megan Bryant (960),
Greek Mythology by Simone Payment (920)--other mythology books in this series Mythology Around the World, "Oh, My Gods by Megan Bryant (960), Greek Mythology by Simone Payment (920)--other mythology books in this series Mythology Around the World, Mythology--DK by Neil Philip (1050)"Mythology--DK by Neil Philip (1050)"
p. 101
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Motivation and Influence Tico and the Gold Wings by Leo Lionni; Hubble: Imaging Space and Time by David Devorkin and Robert W. SmithWhen Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan and Illustrated by Brian Selznick; Lives of the Artists/Musicians/etc. by Kathleen Kroll; Eleanor Roosevel by Russell Freedman; Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxinp. 113
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Facing AdversityWonder by R.J. Palacio;
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne;
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 
Freedom Song: Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Mary C. Turck; Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals;
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; 
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton;
p. 118
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Affecting ChangeLife in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayar;
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson;
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson;
Teen Rights: A Legal Guide for Teens and the Adults in Their Lives by Traci Truly;
Comon Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine with an Introduction by Sidney Hook;
A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant by Kathleen Krull; 
Unlikely Heroes: Ordinary men and Women Whose Courage Won the Revolution by Ron Carter
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose; Lincoln in His Own Words: Ed. by Milton Meltzer and Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn; Philo T. Farnsworth: Visionary Inventor of Television by Tim O'Sheip. 133
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Learning from the PastMonster by Walter Dean Myers; Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman(Albion);Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenhiem; Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson (980); p. 137
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Moments That MatterTwelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose; The Tempest13 Photos that Children Should Know by Brad Finger; Rosa Parks: A Biography by Joyce Ann Hansenp. 148
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9th Grade;
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Human IngenuityOnward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer matthew Henson by Dolores Johnson , The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander, Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Caroline Alexander
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Bluementhal
p. 153
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Influencep. 167
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Patternsp. 172
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HonorA Dream Of Freedom : The Civil Rights Movement 1954 to 1968 by Diane McWhorterp. 184
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HeroismFlesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle fire and Its Legacy, Albert Marrin, Between and Rock and a Hard Place by Aron RalstonThe Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
A.D. New Orleans: After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
p. 189
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FateInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer , Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauerp. 199
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10th Grade
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Heroic Journey-AsiaYoung Samurai by Chris BradfordHero tales from many lands Illustrated by Gordon Laite
The hero project : 2 teens, 1 notebook, 13 extraordinary interviews by Robert Hatch and William Hatch.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yangp. 75
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Justice-W. Eur.Social justice : opposing viewpoints, editor: Carol Wekesser
The legal system : opposing viewpoints, editor: Laura K. Egendorf
Justice, ideology, and education : an introduction to the social foundations of education by Edward Stevens, Jr. & George H. Wood
p. 86
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Roles and Respon of Cit in Dem-N. AmerCivil liberties by Scott Gillam (Series: Essential viewpoints)
Digital destiny : new media and the future of democracy by Jeff Chester
p. 92
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Respecting Diversity-Afr, Middle EastAffirming diversity : the sociopolitical context of multicultural education by Sonia Nieto
Racism and ethnic bias : everybody's problem by Linda Jacobs Altman
The ornament of the world : how Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain by Rosa Menocal
p. 104
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Power of Fear-E EuropeCensorship : opposing viewpoints, editor: Andrea C. Nakaya
Censorship : or freedom of expression? by Nancy Day
The abuse of power in George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four by Dedria Bryfonski
p. 109
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Expecting the Unexpected-S & Cen Amerp. 121
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11th Grade Dedria Bryfonski
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The New Worldp. 129
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A New NationBen Franklin's Almanac Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life by Candace Flemingp. 140
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American Romanticismp. 145
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A Troubled Young Nationp. 155
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Emerging Modernismp. 160
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Chall/Success of the 20th Centp. 172
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12th Grade
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Power of WordsPropaganda in war and peace by Simon Adams;
Posters of World War II : Allied and axis propaganda 1939-1945
p. 179
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Archetypes in Life and LitArchetypes of Wisdom : an introdution to philosophy by Douglas Soccio;
A beginner's guide to constructing the universe: the mathematical archetypes of nature, art, and science by Michael Schneider
p. 186
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Quest for UtopiaToday's isms; communism, fascism, capitalism, socialism;
The anatomy of satire by Gilbert Highet
p. 193
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Equity & DisparityThe school segregation cases (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and others) : The United States Supreme Court rules on racially separate public education;
"I am who I am": speaking out about multiracial identity by Kathlyn Gay;
The trouble with diversity : how we learned to love identity and ignore inequality by Walter Benn Michaels
p. 208
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Change and TraditionInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
American immigrant cultures : builders of a nation, edited by David Levinson, Melvin Ember
Immigrants in America. Primary sources, James D. Torr, editor
Hunger of memory : the education of Richard Rodriguezp. 213
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Transition to AdulthoodA Separate Peace by John KnowlesThe Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapip. 229
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