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Biographies and Autobiographies for Middle School

Check out these biographies and autobiographines from Mamcillan Children's Publishing Group!

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Louisa

The Life of Louisa May Alcott

When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there’s a lot...

"...When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there’s a lot.... When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there’s a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her pas..."

By Yona Zeldis McDonough and Bethanne Andersen

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Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, one of Mao’s...

Ying Chang Compestine Ying Chang Compestine

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Feiwel & Friends

Yes We Can

A Biography of President Barack Obama

THIS IS OUR MOMENT “This is our time—to put people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of...

Garen Thomas Garen Thomas

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Lincoln Shot

A President's Life Remembered

Noted children’s book biographer Barry Denenberg, award-winning illustrator Christopher Bing, and book designer Rich Deas collaborate on an intimate portrait...

"...Noted children’s book biographer Barry Denenberg, award-winning illustrator Christopher Bing, and book designer Rich Deas collaborate on an intimate portrait.... Lincoln Shot So begins this intimate portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived as a one year anniversary edition of a newspaper, dated April 14, 1866, strongly evocative of the time and the nation’s mood. The moment-by-moment recital of the events of the day that ended in assassination holds readers enthralled awaiting the tragic end. The..."

By Barry Denenberg and Christopher Bing

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Meet the Dancers

From Ballet, Broadway, and Beyond

Lots of kids enjoy dancing, but what motivates them to push past the sore muscles, early-morning technique classes, and crazy schedule required to become a...

Amy Nathan

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Meet the Musicians

From Prodigies (or not) to Pros

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were kids once too! How does a kid who just wants to play baseball make the transition to creating beautiful...

Amy Nathan

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A Young Dancer

The Life of an Ailey Student

Meet Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City. Iman is passionate about dance, but she also enjoys drawing,...

"...Meet Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City. Iman is passionate about dance, but she also enjoys drawing,.... Meet Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City. Iman is passionate about dance, but she also enjoys drawing, playing music, and of course, hanging out with her friends. Follow Iman as she warms up at the barre, practices violin, and gets ready for a performance with her fellow students. In..."

By Valerie Gladstone and Jose Ivey

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Guinea Pig Scientists

Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

It was August 27, 1885. In a hospital in Lima, Peru, a student named Daniel Carrión was preparing to infect himself with a dreaded disease . . . He had...

By Mel Boring, Leslie Dendy and C. B. Mordan

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Mr. Williams

The powerful and personal story of one American childhood When Mr. Williams was a boy growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana, Calvin Coolidge was...

"...The powerful and personal story of one American childhood When Mr. Williams was a boy growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana, Calvin Coolidge was.... The powerful and personal story of one American childhood When Mr. Williams was a boy growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana, Calvin Coolidge was president, Martin Luther King Jr. had just been born, and children worked hard in the fields for most of the year. Many years later, Karen Barbour grew up hearing Mr. Williams tell stories about his childhood. In th..."

Karen Barbour

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Flash Point

Boy on the Lion Throne

The Childhood of the 14th Dalai Lama

From humble beginnings to world leader, a new biography focuses on the childhood of the Dalai Lama, as his country remains at the center of the world stage. ...

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a...

"...On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a.... On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indispensible visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshot..."

By Menno Metselaar, Ruud van der Rol and Arnold J. Pomerans

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First Second

Kampung Boy

Kampung Boy is a favorite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia. With masterful economy worthy of Charles Schultz, Lat recounts the life of Mat, a Muslim...

Lat Lat

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Town Boy

Malaysian teenager Mat makes a life-changing move from the quiet kampung where he was born to Ipoh, the rapidly industrializing nearby town. Living far from...

Lat Lat

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Melanie Kroupa Books

A Life in the Wild

George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

For more than fifty years, explorer-naturalist George Schaller has been on a mission: to save the world’s great wild beasts and their environments. In this...

Pamela S. Turner Pamela S. Turner

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Boy

Tales of Childhood

"'I am only eight years old,' I told myself. 'No little boy of eight has ever murdered anyone. It's not possible.'" So thought Roald Dahl in 1924 when his...

Roald Dahl Roald Dahl

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More About Boy

Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood

Twenty-five years ago in Boy, the world’s favorite storyteller recollected scenes from his youth—some funny, some frightening, all true. More About Boy is the...

By Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

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Square Fish

Brainstorm!

The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors

Here are some of the incredible kid inventions you can read about in Brainstorm! Earmuffs (1873) Colored car wax (1991) Electronic television (1927) The...

By Tom Tucker and Richard Loehle

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Claudette Colvin

Twice Toward Justice

“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin...

Phillip Hoose Phillip Hoose

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A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat

At the time of his famous kite experiment, Benjamin Franklin was unaware that his theories about electricity had already made him a celebrity all over Europe,...

By Joan Dash and Dusan Petricic

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In Defiance of Hitler

The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately...

"...On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately.... On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately two hundred artists and intellectuals – all enemies of the new Nazi regime. As a volunteer for the Emergency Rescue Committee, Fry’s mission was to help these refugees flee to safet..."

Carla Killough McClafferty Carla Killough McClafferty

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Leaving Glorytown

One Boy's Struggle Under Castro

Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed...

Eduardo F. Calcines Eduardo F. Calcines

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Leon's Story

"Leon's Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!" -- Nikki Giovanni I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my...

"..."Leon's Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!" -- Nikki Giovanni I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my.... "Leon's Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!" -- Nikki Giovanni I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn't call you "black." They didnt say "minority." They called us "colored" or "nigger." Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small t..."

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Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy

Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller

On June 4, 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St. Peter, under the command of Vitus Bering. The crew was bound for America...

Ann Arnold Ann Arnold

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Something Out of Nothing

Marie Curie and Radium

Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the...

"...Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the.... Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of the most important scientists of her day, winning not one but two Nobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work, humanitarianism, and tragedy...."

Carla Killough McClafferty Carla Killough McClafferty

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