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We the People Bookshelf

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4804bd37f3ff2Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

We the People Bookshelf Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET Contact: Angela Thullen
(312) 280-5286 athullen@ala.org

Holland West Middle School Media Center
Is Happy to Introduce
We the People Bookshelf Collection from NEH

This program is made possible by a major gift awarded to the library through the We the People Bookshelf national grant project. WMS Media Center submitted an application and our library was one of 3,000 libraries across the country selected to receive a We the People Bookshelf grant, which provided free hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “Created Equal,” Spanish translations of four of the titles and supporting materials to participating libraries. The grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. 

The We the People Bookshelf on “Created Equal” contains the following books:
Grades K-3: “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Anderson,
• “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, and
• “Pink and Say” by Patricia Polacco.
Grades 4-6: “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis,
• “Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence” by Russell Freedman,
• “Lincoln: A Photobiography” By Russell Freedman,
• “Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom” by Virginia Hamilton, and
• “Lyddie” by Katherine Paterson.
Grades 7-8: “Saturnalia” by Paul Fleishman,
• “Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Russell Freedman,
• “Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters” edited by Harold Holzer, and
• “Breaking Through” by Francisco Jiménez.
Grades 9-12: “Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution” by Natalie S. Bober.
• “That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to Wash the Face of the Earth” by Nez Perce Chief Joseph,
• “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes,
• “Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography” by William Lee Miller, and
• “Amistad: A Novel” by David Pesci.


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4804bd37f3ff2Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
by Katherine Paterson. 

Her parents are gone, and her brother and sisters sent to live with other people. Lyddie Worthen is on her own. When Lyddie hears about the mill jobs in Lowell, Massachusetts, she heads there with the goal of earning enough money to reunite her family. Six days a week from dawn to dusk Lyddie and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust - and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read - and to handle the menacing overseer. But when the working conditions begin to affect her friends' health, she has to make a choice. Will she speak up for better working conditions and risk her job - and her dream? Or will she stay quiet until it is perhaps too late?

Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco. Picture Book.
This review by Carol Otis Hurst first appeared in Teaching K-8 Magazine.
This heart-wrenching historical picture book, based on a true story, presents us with two men from the Union army who meet after a battle of the Civil War. Say, the white younger man, has been wounded. Pink, a black man, carries him home to where his mother is surviving in ruins of a deserted plantation. Pink is determined to rejoin his unit in spite of mother's protest. Say, who was deserting when wounded, only agrees because of the danger they present to Pinks mother. Marauders come and kill her while they hide in the cellar. On the way to the front lines they are captured by confederates and taken to Andersonville prison, Pink is hung. Say survives to become author's great-great grandfather.

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4804bd37f3ff2Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home

Breaking Through
By Francisco Jimenez.
Fourteen-year-old Francisco Jimenez and his family leave Mexico and arrive at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sisters not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. Young Adult.

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
by Russell Freedman.
Covers the events surrounding and including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the end of segregation on buses.