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Children's LiteratureThe cover photo of "the fifteen millionth Ford" probably sums up what most people know about Michigan's history: the fact that Henry Ford started the auto industry there. But there is plenty to learn about this often-misunderstood state, and Schonberg does a good job of tracing Michigan's past, from its prehistoric nomads to today's industrialization. The author includes the fact that Europeans frequently ignored treaty promises to Native Americans, with disastrous results such as Pontiac's Rebellion. She also highlights the state's important role in the Underground Railroad (one woman helped so many slaves escape that southerners put a bounty on her head), and touches on labor unrest in Ford's factories. There is a lot to cover, so she can't really linger on any one topic. But kudos to her for at least mentioning facts that in years past might have been glossed over. Schonberg's writing style is clear and engaging, and her book is a good bet for libraries or classroom bookshelves. 2004, Heinemann Library, Ages 7 to 12.