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By Esther Rudomin Hautzig. 1995
During World War II, when she was eleven years old, the author and her family were arrested in Poland by… the Russians as political enemies and exiled to Siberia. She recounts here the trials of the following five years spent on the harsh Asian steppe. Grades 5-8. 1995, c1968.
By Cyndy Etler. 2017
All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only… to be reported as a runaway and sent to a "drug rehabilitation" facility that changed her world. To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to "treat" its patients. Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered "healing." For senior high readers. 2017.
By Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland. 2008
Sierra Leone. At the age of 12, Mariatu Kamara was raped by a family friend, then captured by rebels who… cut off her hands. Despite her wounds, Kamara walked out of the bush and sought help, ending up in an amputee camp, where she gave birth to a son who died of malnutrition. When foreign journalists interviewed Kamara in the camp, her story garnered international interest and assistance, which eventually brought her to Toronto. Her autobiography testifies to Kamara's horrific trauma, but with the aim of fostering hope and reconciliation. Winner of the 2011 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award. For junior high and older readers. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
By Kate Dickinson Sweetser, Amy Puetz. 2017
Whether facing a band of Indians with Madeleine; saving lives at sea with Ida Lewis; experiencing the battlefields of the… Civil War with Clara Barton, or learning the life story of Louisa May Alcott, you will be inspired by the faith, courage, and devotion of these ten girls from history. Grades 4-7. 2017.
By Sally Hobart Alexander. 2002
By Gary D Schmidt. 2018
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. 'So Tall Within'… traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Grades K-3. 2018.
Jean Lumb, a recipient of the Order of Canada, shares the story of her immigration to Canada, her contribution to… the changing of Canada's immigration laws, and her efforts in saving Chinatown communities across Canada. Grades 5-8. 1997.
At nine years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium… in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie made wide scientific contributions that led to her being nicknamed Shark Lady. Winner of 2018 Forest of Reading The Blue Spruce Award. Grades K-3. 2017.
By Edward Butts. 2005
Details the lives of some of Canada's most famous and infamous women, showcasing explorers, spies, criminals, and pioneers in a… variety of career fields. From Marguerite de la Roque de Roberval, a sixteenth-century aristocrat who dared to love a lowly commoner, to four women who flew military planes during World War II, these accounts introduce 15 women who ventured into behaviour considered inappropriate for women in their time. Grades 5-8. Some descriptions of violence. 2005.
By Chelsea Clinton. 2018
By Chelsea Clinton. 2017
Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying… seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. This book is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant. Shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power. This book features Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor--and one special cameo. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.
By Eleanor Coerr. 2002
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper… cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy. Based on a true story. Grades 4-7. 2002.
By Nikki Giovanni. 2005
Account of Rosa Parks's decision to stay in her bus seat in 1955 Alabama, in defiance of segregation laws. Explains… the resulting bus boycott by civil rights activists that led to the Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation on buses. Grades 3-6. Coretta Scott King Award, Caldecott Honor. 2005.
From the age of eight, Roberta Bondar knew she wanted to be an astronaut. In January 1992 she made Canadian… history when she became the first Canadian woman, and first neurologist, to go into space on board Discovery. The story of her journey to become a leading astronaut is a fascinating tale of dedication, commitment, and courage. Grades 4-7. 2004.
By Christine Welldon. 2012
Who was Vic Stein? A man who enjoyed a pint of beer at the rugby match? A young woman who… worked behind the counter at a local department store? A seamstress in a sweatshop? Yes - she could be any and all of these characters, depending on the story she was chasing for her popular column in the Toronto News. Over 100 years ago, Vic Stein was one of the New Women, a Bachelor Girl who pursued a career in investigative journalism - hardly the type of lifestyle for an upper-middle class young lady. But she had to be stealthy, secretive, and cunning if she wanted her scoop. There are many details we do not know about this secretive and feisty journalist - we don't even know her real name! - but one thing we know for sure: Vic Steinberg would be laughing if she knew that decades after her death, people are still wondering about her and trying to solve the puzzle that was her life. Grades 3-6. 2012.
By Ariel Schrag, Katie Rain Hill. 2014
Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she… was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that “Katie” - the girl trapped within her - was determined to live. She reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak. For senior high readers and older. 2014.
By Winifred Conkling. 2016
In 1934, Irene Curie, working with her husband and fellow scientist, Frederic Joliot, made a discovery that would change the… world: artificial radioactivity. This breakthrough allowed scientists to modify elements and create new ones by altering the structure of atoms. Curie shared a Nobel Prize with her husband for their work. But when she was nominated to the French Academy of Sciences, the academy denied her admission and voted to disqualify all women from membership. Four years later, Curie's breakthrough led physicist Lise Meitner to a brilliant leap of understanding that unlocked the secret of nuclear fission. Meitner's unique insight was critical to the revolution in science that led to nuclear energy and the race to build the atom bomb, yet her achievement was left unrecognized by the Nobel committee in favour of that of her male colleague. Presents the story of two women breaking ground in a male-dominated field, scientists still largely unknown despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research. Grades 4-7. 2016.
By Emmanuelle Bergeron. 2017
Biographies succinctes de quatre figures féminines, quatre artistes qui ont connu des parcours exceptionnels dans leurs métiers respectifs: actrice, designer… de mode, écrivaine, chanteuse. Mentionnons Sarah Bernhardt, Coco Chanel, Agatha Christie, sans oublier la Québécoise Mary Travers dite La Bolduc. Années 3-6. 2017.
By Emmanuelle Bergeron. 2013
Biographies succinctes de quatre femmes "scientifiques" qui forcent l'admiration par leur courage et leur ténacité à persévérer dans des époques… difficiles et des sociétés souvent réfractaires à leur talent, et où les hommes prenaient toute la place. Années 2-4. 2013.
By Alexandre Provost. 2015
La première femme canadienne à être allée deux fois dans l'espace. La directrice du Centre des Sciences de Montréal. Une… athlète accomplie et une chanteuse soprano au sein d'orchestres classiques. Depuis sa jeunesse, l'objectif de Julie Payette était de participer à la conquête de l'espace. Malgré l'ampleur du défi, elle y a toujours cru. Après des années de travail et d'entraînement, la NASA lui a fait confiance. Découvre le parcours phénoménal de cette héroïne nationale qui a tout mis en œuvre pour atteindre son plus grand rêve. Années 3-6 et plus. 2015.