Biographies (Junior High School)

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All locations of Kitsap Regional Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

By: Barakat, Ibtisam.
Set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, this poignant glimpse into a little-known culture traces the author's life, from her tragic childhood as a Palestinian refugee to her joyous discovery of the Arabic alphabet, which led to her passion for language and writing. 15,000 first printing.
By: Brimner, Larry Dane.
Examines a significant confrontation between Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Commissioner Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement that brought about violence and change to this southern city.
By: Crutcher, Chris.
Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.
By: Engle, Margarita.
Born a slave, raised by a woman not his mother, and denied an education, Juan overcame all the personal obstacles he faced as a child in order to reach freedom, pursue his natural talents, and become the celebrated poet he was destined to be.
By: Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010.
Documents the rags-to-riches story of the legendary comic actor, describing how he rose from poverty in the slums of London to become one of Hollywood's wealthiest entertainers. By the Newbery-winning author of <IT>The Whipping Boy<RO>. 35,000 first printing.
By: Fleischman, John.
A fascinating exploration into how the brain works details the strange case of Phineas Gage, who, in 1848, was injured at work when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain, baffling scientists and doctors alike when he miraculously recovered but suffered a severe personality change.
By: Fleming, Candace.
Enhanced with vintage-looking illustrations, including ticket stubs and posters, this middle reader delves into the life of one of the greatest showmen who ever lived, introduces some of the amazing performers who worked for him, and reviews the impact his show has had on the world due to its incredible popularity. Simultaneous.
By: Giblin, James.
Documents the life of the politician whose name has become synonymous with modern day witch-hunting tactics, discussing the Cold War tensions that shaped his beliefs and the unconstitutional methods he used to further his ends.
By: Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral but little-known role in the Montgomery bus strike of 1955-1956, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company.
By: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki.
The American-born author describes her family's experience and impressions when they were forced to relocate to a camp for the Japanese in Owens Valley, California, during World War II.
By: Jiang, Ji-li.
A child's-eye view of the fear, hardship, and persecution of the Chinese Cultural Revolution recalls the political reign of terror that led to the persecution of the author's family, her father's arrest, and her own struggle to choose between family loyalty and her future.
By: Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
A portrait of one of the world's greatest boxers chronicles his childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics, and his battle against Parkinsons' disease.
By: Nelson, Scott Reynolds.
Combining the story of the building of the railroads, the period of Reconstruction, folk tales, American mythology, and the tradition of work songs with his own personal quest, a renowned historian unravels the mystery surrounding the legendary African-American figure.
By: Partridge, Elizabeth.
A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh."
By: Rubin, Susan Goldman.
Biography of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
By: Sheinkin, Steve.
Provides a biography of America's first traitor--Benedict Arnold--that reads like an adventure tale, full of heroism, treachery, battle scenes, and surprising twists.
By: Swanson, James L.
Based on the book <IT>Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer,<RO> this factual account tells of the events that followed President Lincoln's assassination that brought his killer and accomplices to justice through a review of letters, government reports, trial transcripts, and newspaper articles.
By: Partridge, Elizabeth.
An award-winning biographer paints a vivid picture of John Lennon's life, from his tumultuous childhood in London to his rock-n-roll career writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles, revealing how he struggled to come to terms with fame, marriage, and his artistic mind.