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Hi, Everyone -

I have received an LSTA grant to develop our biography and history and  
geography sections this fall. We need more high interest individual  
and collective biographies for reluctant readers (i.e., sports  
figures, entertainers, etc.) and subject specific biographies (i.e.,  
scientists, historical figures, artists, etc.) to support reading and  
research in all areas of the curriculum. I am looking for series with  
good research value and high appeal for middle school. I am also  
looking for biographies that are good reads and not so much of the  
"cookie cutter" variety, (i.e., those written by Freedman, Giblin,  
Krull, Meltzer, etc.). I try to avoid individual biographies of  
current pop icons who have not been around long enough to be  
remembered five years from now unless its something that is well- 
written and will withstand the test of time. I rely on Biography Today  
to cover some of the pop icons.

As far as history and geography, we need more depth in our Africa and  
Asia section. We try to plan research on a variety of social,  
political, and economic issues affecting these continents which  
require more specialized books than the standard country profiles.  
However, it is difficult to find books in these areas that are middle  
school friendly. World War II and the 20th century are two other areas  
we need to expand, and I am also looking for good primary source  
material in US History.

I would appreciate recommendations and would be happy to post a hit.  


Becky Palgi, Media Coordinator/NBCT
Archer Lodge Middle School
762 Wendell Road
Wendell, NC 27591
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"Honor the past, and create the future." - Michael Gorman, "New Laws  
of Librarianship" (American Libraries, Sept. 1995)
"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us  
with floaties and teach us how to swim." - Linton Weeks (Washington  
Post article, 13 January 2001, p. C01)

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