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Summer Challenge Book List: Real Heroes

June 2, 2015

According to Merriam-Webster, a hero is someone who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. Take a peek at these stories of bravery and outstanding achievement!

Gabby Douglas, the U.S. gymnast and all-around gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics, tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination.
Evokes in free verse the voice of Gertrude Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba.
When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village by building a windmill.
Biography of physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer and his work fighting tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru, and Russia.
The story of the tragic Navy Seal mission in 2005 Afghanistan in which Luttrell was the only survivor.
An off-kilter exploration of some of our nation's most incredible-and little known-stories.
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the present.
Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.
The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the complex tale of one remarkable man's courage.
The extraordinary story of a refugee football team and the transformation of a small American town.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right for an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.