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The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

Candace Fleming, illus. by Ray Fenwick (Random/Schwartz & Wade)

This illuminating biography reveals Barnum as a complex, infinitely clever figure and delineates his triumphs as well as his failures.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Phillip Hoose (FSG/Kroupa)

Colvin's memories of fighting for civil rights in the 1950s--including refusing to give up her bus seat as a teenager in Montgomery, Ala. (before Rosa Parks)--make for a searing true-life story of courage.

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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

Elizabeth Partridge (Viking)

Arresting photography and firsthand memories from those who participated, as children, in the 1965 march to Montgomery make for a haunting and inspirational read.

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