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S.D. Nelson’s biography of Red Cloud (Abrams, $19.95) chronicles the life of the Lakota chief who worked to unite the Plains Indians in coordinated resistance against the U.S. Army and government’s expansion into the Great Plains. Nelson writes in Red Cloud’s voice to create a narrative that reads like a grand story passed down through the ages. A fascinating mélange of natural and postmodern elements, Nelson’s colorful illustrations add dimension to topics ranging from war to resettlement on reservations while also offering an effective visual contrast to the black-and-white archival photographs seeded throughout this fascinating account. Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781419723131
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 14th, 2017

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Many know Isaac Newton as the mathematician and astronomer who developed fundamental laws of modern physics. A lesser-known part of his narrative unfolds in Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d (Candlewick, $19.99). This biography focuses on Newton’s early life, and how his childhood experiences in alchemy and agriculture paved the way to his groundbreaking discoveries. Mary Losure’s expressive prose paints a fully realized portrait of the man who shaped our understanding of motion, space, and even color. Preserved pages from his own personal notebooks are interspersed throughout the book, giving readers a more intimate look at this unfamiliar side of Isaac Newton. Ages 11-13.


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ISBN: 9780763670634
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Published: Candlewick - February 1st, 2017

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Women vied for a place behind the wheel as soon as the automobile made its debut. Despite concerns that women driving would upset the social order, Motor Girls (National Geographic, $18.99) joined men on the road and forever changed the roles of women everywhere. Through vintage photographs, primary source material, and a lively narrative, author Sue Macy chronicles the bumpy road faced by many women from the turn of the twentieth century through World War I seeking to stay in the driver’s seat. A foreword by racecar driver Danica Patrick gets the book off to a speedy start. Ages 11 to 14.

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By Sue Macy, Danica Patrick (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426326974
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Published: National Geographic Kids - February 7th, 2017