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A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.
Eyes in the Sky
Heather Bode describes the job of a fire watcher.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Toni Cade Bambara
A girl takes her brother to a track race she’s participating in.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
A boy must act quickly when he hears a tornado warning.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
Justice for All
Lynn Rymarz discusses how Ida B. Wells confronted racial injustice on a train.
Dedicated to the Goal
Marty Kaminsky discusses American soccer star Carli Lloyd.
Any More Earths Out There?
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein discusses astronomers' work to find planets outside of our solar system.
Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts
Natasha Wing describes how Daisy Low founded the Girl Scouts.
A boy decides to get revenge on a teacher he believes has been unfair to him.
Maurine V. Eleder
A girl and her sister encounter a dangerous dust storm.
Sailing to San Blas
Claudia Lee-Ottman describes her family's experience visiting the Kuna Indians of San Blas.
Heidi Stemple discusses a difficult decision for her family.
Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire
Mary E. Glucksman
Mary McCann’s actions helped save passengers of the General Slocum after it caught fire on June 15, 1904.
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to cast his vote.