Best Teen & Young Adult United States Biographical Fiction Books
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1. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Author: by Jean Lee Latham
Readers today are still fascinated by Nat,? An eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor? S worldSalem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves.But Nat didn? T promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small.
Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by log, lead, and lookout.?Nat? S long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the Sailors?Bible?, stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.
2. We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success
Author: by Sampson Davis
Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.
It took a lot of determinationand a lot of support from one anotherbut despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.
3. Breaking Through
Author: by Francisco Jiménez
In this Pura Belpr Honorwinning memoir, sequel to best-selling The Circuit, Francisco Jimenez tells his timely story about immigrant prejudice, keeping hope alive when there is none and his family’s journey to achieving their American dream. At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jimnez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra.
Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. And Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice.
How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpr Honorwinning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jimnez finishes telling the story of his youth.
4. A Lantern in Her Hand (Puffin Classics)
Author: by Bess Streeter Aldrich
The classic story of Abbie and Will Dealpioneers who left everything behind for a new life on America’s frontier. Abbie Mackenzie dreamed of becoming a fine lady like her aristocratic grandmother, devoting herself to music and art. But at eighteen Abbie found a different dream, turning away from the promise of a comfortable life as a doctor’s wife to marry handsome, quiet Will Deal.
Together, they eagerly accepted the challenge of homesteading in Nebraska territory, where the prairies stretched as far as the eye could see, and only the strongest survived for long. For nearly 90 years, reader have cherished Abbie’s storyan inspiring story of struggle against unexpected perils, of love and laughter, of the land she helped conquer and the family she raised.
5. Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books)
Author: by Margaret Cousins
Benjamin Franklin was one of the busiest men in the American colonies. He was a printer, a postmaster, an inventor, a writer, and a diplomat. When the Revolutionary War began, Ben supported America in the Continental Congress. Like the clever adages from his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin still sets an example for Americans today.
6. Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse
Author: by Robert Lawson
Paul Revere didn’t make his famous midnight ride alone. Meet a patriot unlike any other: Scheherazade, the mare who doesn’t mind mentioning she was once the fastest and most admired horse in the King’s army. But on arrival in America, “Sherry” is quickly let down by her British rider and recruited by Sam Adams to join the Sons of Liberty.
Before long, she finds herself teamed with Raul Revere to play a key-if unnoticed-role in the American Revolution. Full of wit and wisdom, this beloved classic presents an unforgettable view to the birth of a nation-straight from the horse’s mouth!
Explore this historical time period even further in this new edition of award-winning author Robert Lawson’s classic tale, with additional bonus material, including a map of Paul Revere’s ride!
7. Streams to the River, River to the Sea
Author: by Scott O'Dell
In this redesigned edition of Scott O’Dell’s classic novel, a young Native American woman, accompanied by her infant and her cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.
Author: by Joseph Bruchac
In 1607, when John Smith and his “Coatmen” arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village’s inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking Silence, reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.
9. The Legend of Bass Reeves
Author: by Gary Paulsen
Born into slavery, Bass Reeves became the most successful US Marshal of the Wild West. Many “heroic lawmen” of the Wild West, familiar to us through television and film, were actually violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. But of all the sheriffs of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves.
He was the most successful Federal Marshal in the US in his day. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He brought hundreds of fugitives to justice, was shot at countless times, and never hit.
Bass Reeves was a black man, born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend.
10. Mas alla de mi Reaching Out Spanish Edition
Author: by Francisco Jiménez
From the perspective of the young adult he once was, Francisco Jimenez describes the challenges he faces when continuing his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allows Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family when his goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico.
This is the story of how Francisco copes with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again, his telling is honest and trueand inspiring.
11. Zora and Me
Author: by Victoria Bond
Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Author Award Winner 2011! Endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston TrustWhether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls.
But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending.
Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.
12. Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (Great Episodes)
Author: by Ann Rinaldi
Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family in Boston. Phillis Wheatleyas she comes to be knownhas an eager mind and it leads her on an unusual path for a slaveshe becomes America’s first published black poet.
Strong characterization and perceptive realism mark this thoughtful portrayal.Booklist
13. Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker
Author: by Carolyn Meyer
At the age of nine, Cynthia Ann Parker was captured in an Indian raid and taken tolive as a slave with the Comanche. Twenty-four years later, she is the wife of a chiefand the mother of a young warrior destined to become the great chief Quanah Parker.
But in 1861, Parker and her infant daughter are recaptured and returned against theirwill to a white settlement. This moving story is a riveting examination of the conflictsbetween Native Americans and white settlers.
14. All-of-a-Kind Family
Author: by Sydney Taylor
3 hours and 31 minutes
It’s the turn of the 20th century in New York’s Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters – Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa’s peddler’s shop on rainy days.
The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!
15. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
Author: by Sarah Miller
Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she’d taken on a seemingly impossible jobteaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal.
But if anyone was a match for Helen Keller, it was the girl who’d been nicknamed Miss Spitfire. In her efforts to reach Helen’s mind, Annie lost teeth to the girl’s raging blows, but she never lost faith in her ability to triumph.
Told in first person, Annie Sullivan’s past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher are vividly depicted in this powerful novel.