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Biographies for older boys

M. Heiss
The list author says: "These biographies hold the attention of older boys."
We Have Conquered Pain: The Discovery of Anesthesia
We Have Conquered Pain: The Discovery of Anesthesia
"the discovery of anesthesia"
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
"brain science"
The Many Rides Of Paul Revere
The Many Rides Of Paul Revere
"Not only is this an excellent and comprehensive biography, but it looks particularly at the events leading up to the Revolution.  It includes the text of Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" at the back.  Great time line, GREAT index, and -- get this, Moms -- a WALKING MAP of Boston to see the sites mentioned in the book.  Blow me away!  Tons of illustrations."
Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier (Oklahoma Western Biographies, Vol 1)
Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier (Oklahoma Western Biographies, Vol 1)
"Custer for older kids -- this book really moves along.  Good maps!"
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull
"Sitting Bull -- 18 page photograph section"
With a Little Luck: Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries
With a Little Luck: Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries
"Whet their whistle -- get them started on learning about the famous minds behind discoveries like gravity fossils rubber anesthesia infection cave art penicillin (modern -- some claim the Egyptians had penicillin) Neptune and Pluto nuclear fission the Dead Sea Scrolls pulsars good biography section; no glossary; no index"
The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
"A few pages on each of the 56 signers.  Also includes the text of the Declaration."
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
"Very clever biography -- written about Samuel Clemens by one of his most famous characters.  Robert Burleigh did an excellent job with this, using idiomatic language and finding interesting anecdotes.  Barry Blitt's illustrations are outstanding."
Black Cat Bone
Black Cat Bone
"A poetical biography of Robert Johnson, blues musician.  The story is told through a series of poems, so it may not be acceptable to your child's teacher.  There is a good summary/timeline at the back of the book.  One caution: book mentions "sold his soul to the devil" to become a musician.  Poinsoned to death at age 27, legend has it by a jealous husband."
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (Wicked History)
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (Wicked History)
"not too terrifying."
Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer
Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer
Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
"14-year old Manjiro survives being shipwrecked, is rescued, and works hard to be accepted in his new culture.  Exciting biography."
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According To Susy)
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According To Susy)
"Excellent, very funny, some peculiar spellings."
First Voyage to America: From the Log of the "Santa Maria" (Dover Children's Classics)
First Voyage to America: From the Log of the "Santa Maria" (Dover Children's Classics)
Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence
Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence
"Very well written, long biography.  Fascinating man."
The Great Little Madison (Unforgetable Americans)
The Great Little Madison (Unforgetable Americans)
"Fun, moves right along."
Mao Zedong (Wicked History)
Mao Zedong (Wicked History)
"Presents the harsh truths.  Millions murdered.  Millions more dead of deliberately caused famine.  All to glorify one man's ego. Descriptions of some torture and killing. Well done with photographs and maps.  Glossary at the end.  Index, bibliography.  Parents should pre-read."
Adolf Hitler (Wicked History)
Adolf Hitler (Wicked History)
"Presents the RESULTS of Hitler's fanatacism, more than discussing his actual politics. The book has a hard time being a biography, instead of a brief history of Germany at war 1910-1944."
Edgar Allan Poe: Voices in Poetry (Voices in Poetry (Creative Education))
Edgar Allan Poe: Voices in Poetry (Voices in Poetry (Creative Education))
"Excellent biography, top-notch illustrations, interwoven with excerpts from Poe's poems.  Great for reading aloud."
Paul Klee (Artists in Their Time)
Paul Klee (Artists in Their Time)
Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature
Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature
"Very interesting.  I didn't know anything about Tom Thumb -- he was a very interesting person."
Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro
Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro
"not too terrifying"
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
"really exciting"
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book)
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book)
"Oppenheimer"
The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth
The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth
"biography of Simon Wiesenthal, who tracked down nazi war criminals and the gestapo agents who arrested Anne Frank."
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlin and the American Civil War (American Heroes (Hyperion))
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlin and the American Civil War (American Heroes (Hyperion))
My Brother Vincent Van Gogh
My Brother Vincent Van Gogh
My Family Shall Be Free! The Life of Peter Still
My Family Shall Be Free! The Life of Peter Still
"Left behind by their mother when she fled to freedom, these two brothers were sold south.  Peter Still's remarkable story of forty years spent buying himself and his family will resonate with your kids.  Middle grades -- several brutal whippings are described, and sexual predators plague Peter Still' wife and daughter."
Trial by Ice: A Photobiography of Sir Ernest Shackleton
Trial by Ice: A Photobiography of Sir Ernest Shackleton
Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal
Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal
A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain
A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain
"Not just areligious; anti-religious"
Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
"Not very many pictures, but great reading for older kids"