Brooklyn Bridge: A Novel by Karen S. Hesse tells the story of Morris Michtom, A Russian born Jewish immigrant to the United States. Michtom invented the Teddy Bear and came up with the idea after seeing a newspaper cartoon depicting Teddy Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a wounded bear. Joseph, the son of Morris Michtom, would rather not get involved in the Teddy Bear making business for he fears that the things he had previously cherished were ending.
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Smart teens like Izzy use their scientific brains to solve problems. They start working on a club and investigate around the school for odd stuff. When they find the school colder than ever, they use the scientific method as directed. They even make a lounge. They know something else will hit...... but will it ever?
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Hatchet by, Gary Paulsen. What would you be expecting of a 13 year old boy? Maybe to be playing sports, hanging out with his friends, or maybe even to be studying for high school. But would you ever expect him to be trapped alone in the woods? Probably not. In the book Hatchet, By Gary Paulsen, the main character Brian is a 13 year old city boy. He has a very hard life, and he doesn’t think it could get any worse…. But it does.
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely All American Boys is several years old but it's as timely as ever. Reynolds narrates Rashad, a black teen who gets mistaken as a shoplifter at the corner bodega. Kiely narrates Quinn, the white friend (and a witness to the incident) of the cop, who beats up and arrests Rashad.
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