"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."