February 27, 2019

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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

By: Donna Janell Bowman and Daniel Minter
Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4, 5
William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up an enslaved child in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of breeding a winning racehorse. But those dreams were dashed when his colt was born weak and sickly. Although many people would have euthanized the colt, Doc nursed him back to health and named him Jim. Noticing a level of curiosity and eagerness in the horse, Doc began teaching Beautiful Jim Key first to recognize letters, then to read, write, add, subtract, and more. Doc soon took his talented horse on the road, spreading a message of patience and kindness, over cruelty, to all animals. With striking illustrations by Daniel Minter, Step Right Up is the inspiring story of one man and one horse who showed the world the power of kindness. --From the website at Penguin Random House
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  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
    Donna Janell Bowman and Daniel Minter

    Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

    By: Donna Janell Bowman and Daniel Minter
    Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4, 5

    William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up an enslaved child in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of breeding a winning racehorse. But those dreams were dashed when his colt was born weak and sickly. Although many people would have euthanized the colt, Doc nursed him back to health and named him Jim. Noticing a level of curiosity and eagerness in the horse, Doc began teaching Beautiful Jim Key first to recognize letters, then to read, write, add, subtract, and more. Doc soon took his talented horse on the road, spreading a message of patience and kindness, over cruelty, to all animals. With striking illustrations by Daniel Minter, Step Right Up is the inspiring story of one man and one horse who showed the world the power of kindness. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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  • Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy's Civil War Journal
    Craig Crist-Evans

    Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy's Civil War Journal

    By: Craig Crist-Evans
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    A moving personal narrative in the form of a journal, this powerful poem tells the story of one boy's journey into war—and the horrible climax at Gettysburg. —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • A Handful of Stars
    Cynthia Lord

    A Handful of Stars

    By: Cynthia Lord
    Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win? --From the website at Scholastic

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  • The Road to Memphis
    Mildred D. Taylor

    The Road to Memphis

    By: Mildred D. Taylor
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    As America hovers on the brink of war, seventeen year-old Cassie Logan fights a battle closer to home. She dreams of college and law school. But no amount of schooling can prepare her for the violent explosion that takes place when her friend Moe lashes out at his white tormentors—an action unheard of in Mississippi as the country prepares for World War II. Moe will be in even greater danger if he stays in town, so it is up to Cassie, her brother, and their friends to accompany Moe on the road to Memphis—and to safety. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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