February 25, 2018

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The Mysteries of History | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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redstarBRIMNER, Larry Dane. Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights. 172p. Calkins Creek. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781590789971.

Gr 6-9 –Brimner’s comprehensive history of the United Farm Workers (UFW) begins not with Cesar Chavez but with the action of a group of Filipino farm workers who walked off the California fields in 1965. He combines the little-known story of the Filipino workers, a significant segment of migrant farm workers, with that of Chavez and the Hispanic workers, whose actions have received far more attention. Brimner is sympathetic to the plight of all the farm workers and emphasizes both their poverty and powerlessness and the dangers and bravery of their long struggle to win bargaining rights from their powerful employers. He is objective about Chavez, providing both praise and criticism of his role as union and civil rights leader. One of the book’s strongest points is a discussion of how Hispanic organizers Chavez and Deloris Huerta and their Filipino counterpart Larry Itliong worked to overcome grower-exploited cultural differences between the two groups and persuade them to trust and work together. The text is supplemented with well-chosen primary source quotes, large period photos and political cartoons, and sidebars. Although many titles such as Barbara J. Davis’s The National Grape Boycott: A Victory for Farmworkers (Compass Point, 2008) offer general background and well-written coverage of Chavez and Hispanic workers, Brimner’s inclusion of information about the Filipino workers who began the movement, quotes and balanced discussion of Chavez’s strengths and weaknesses provides a fresh perspective on the movement, making this book a first-purchase choice for middle-level researchers.–Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO

redstarFleming, Candace. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. 304p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Random. Jul. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780375867828; lib. ed. $21.99. ISBN 9780375967825; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375898648. LC 2013037904.

Gr 9 Up –The tragic Romanovs, last imperial family of Russia, have long held tremendous fascination. The interest generated by this family is intense, from debates about Duchess Anastasia and her survival to the discovery of their pathetic mass graves. A significant number of post-Glasnost Russian citizens consider the Romanovs holy to the extent that the Russian Orthodox Church has canonized them. This well-researched and well-annotated book provides information not only on the history of these famous figures but also on the Russian people living at the time and on the social conditions that contributed to the family’s demise. The narrative alternates between a straightforward recounting of the Romanovs’ lives and primary source narratives of peasants’ lives. The contrast is compelling and enhances understanding of how the divide between the extremely rich and the very poor can lead directly to violent and dramatic political change. While the description and snippets on the serfs and factory workers are workmanlike, the pictures painted of the reclusive and insular Romanovs is striking. Unsuited to the positions in which they found themselves, Nicholas and Alexandra raised their children in a bubble, inadequately educating them and providing them only slight exposure to society. The informative text illuminates their inability to understand the social conditions in Russia and the impact it might have had on them. This is both a sobering work, and the account of the discovery of their bones and the aftermath is at once fascinating and distressing. A solid resource and good recreational reading for high school students.–Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Arato, Rona. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. 32p. $27.60. ISBN 9780778711926; $9.95. ISBN 9780778711940.

Peppas, Lynn. Superstorm Sandy. 48p. $31.32. ISBN 9780778711933; $10.95. ISBN 9780778711957. LC 2013043396.

ea vol: (Disaster Alert!). chart. ebook available. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. Crabtree. 2014. RTE. pap.

Aretha, David. Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan. 64p. (Out in Front). bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. websites. Morgan Reynolds. 2014. lib. ed. $27.45. ISBN 9781599354545; ebk. ISBN 9781599354552. LC 2013044510.

Castaldo, Nancy. Sniffer Dogs. 160p. bibliog. further reading. index. websites. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Jul. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544088931.

Currie, Stephen. How Is the Internet Eroding Privacy Rights? ISBN 9781601526229. LC 2013033657.

Netzley, Patricia D. How Serious a Problem Is Cyberbullying? ISBN 9781601526182. LC 2013034896.

ea vol: 96p. (In Controversy). further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. ReferencePoint. 2014. lib. ed. $28.95.

Doeden, Matt. The World Series: Baseball’s Biggest Stage. 64p. (Spectacular Sports). chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Millbrook. 2014. RTE $33.27. ISBN 9781467718967; ebk. $23.95. ISBN 9781467725439. LC 2013018082.

Dotson, Alison. Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. 142p. further reading. index. websites. Free Spirit. 2014. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781575424705. LC 2013044768.

Doyle, Deborah Shea. Faces of Egypt: Images and Observations. photos by Deborah Shea Doyle. 114p. Interlink. 2014. pap. $20. ISBN 9781566569613.

Fine, Debra. Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers. 136p. chart. diag. Midpoint. 2014. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9780988969605; ebk. $14.95. ISBN 9780988969612. LC 2013941019.

GALBRAITH, Patrick W. The Moé Manifesto: An Insider’s Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime, and Gaming. 192p. photos. Tuttle. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9784805312827.

Goldsmith, Mike. Eureka!: The Most Amazing Scientific Discoveries of All Time. 96p. chron. glossary. illus. index. photos. reprods. Thames & Hudson. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780500650257.

Hamilton, Bethany with Dustin Dillburg. Body & Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Life. 160p. chart. further reading. photos. Zondervan. 2014. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9780310731054.

Hengel, Katherine. Garden to Table: A Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food. 144p. glossary. illus. index. photos. Scarletta. 2014. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9781938063428. LC 2013037309.

Kaplan, Arie. Saturday Night Live: Shaping TV Comedy and American Culture. 64p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. index. notes. reprods. websites. Twenty-First Century. 2014. RTE $33.27. ISBN 9781467710862. LC 2013039469.

Kummer, Patricia K. The Changing Climate of Asia. ISBN 9781627124430; ISBN 9781627124447. LC 20122015926.

––––. The Changing Climate of North America. ISBN 9781627124522; ISBN 9781627124539.

ea vol: 48p. (Climates and Continents). ebook available. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Cavendish Square. 2014. Tr. $29.93. pap. $12.93.

MALETSKY, Sophie. Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects. 240p. Zest. Jul. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781936976546.

Murphy, Glenn. Poo! What Is That Smell?: Everything You Ever Needed to Know About the Five Senses. illus. by Lorna Murphy. 176p. Macmillan. Jun. 2014. Tr $7.99. ISBN 9780330538527.

Murphy, Glenn. Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story. illus. by Mike Phillips. 188p. (Science Sorted). chart. chron. diag. reprods. Macmillan. Jun. 2014. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781447226239.

PACKER, Alex J. How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. 504p. Free Spirit. 2014. Tr $23.99. ISBN 9781575424545.

Putnam, Richelle. The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty. illus. by John Aycock. 144p. chron. further reading. notes. History. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781626190009.

Romero, Jordan & Linda LeBlanc. No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits. 368p. S. & S. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781476709628. LC 2013031296.

Sher, Abby. Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery. 240p. websites. Barron’s. Jun. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781438004532.

Stefoff, Rebecca. Alchemy and Chemistry. ISBN 9781627125093; ISBN 9781627125116.

––––. Astrology and Astronomy. ISBN 9781627125062; ISBN 9781627125086.

––––. Flat Earth and Round Earth. ISBN 9781627125123; ISBN 9781627125147.

––––. The Four Elements and the Periodic Table. ISBN 9781627125185; ISBN 9781627125208.

––––. Magic and Medicine. ISBN 9781 627125154; ISBN 9781627125178.

––––. The Sun and the Earth. ISBN 9781627125215; ISBN 9781627125239.

ea vol: 48p. (Is It Science?). bibliog. chron. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. reprods. websites. Cavendish Square. 2014. Tr. $29.93. ebk. $29.93.

Thompson, Suzann. Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More. 144p. chart. index. photos. websites. Sterling. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781454708063. LC 2013031612.

Trueit, Trudi Strain. Animal Trainer. ISBN 9781627124614; ISBN 9781627124638.

––––. Wildlife Conservationist. ISBN 9781627124676; ISBN 9781627124690.

ea vol: 64p. (Careers with Animals). bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Cavendish Square. 2014. Tr. $34.21. ebk. $23.95.

Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. 272p. photos. Dutton. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780525426813.

Graphic Novels

Cowsill, Alan. World War One: 1914–1918. illus. by Lalit Kumar Sharma. 132p. maps. Campfire. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9789380741857.

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