Young Heroes In World History

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This book of biographical profiles and stories chronicles the astonishing courage and imagination of young people. The lives of the seventeen young men and women profiled here, who range in age from twelve to twenty-three at the time of their heroic deeds, spread across oceans and continents, cultures, races, and ethnic groups throughout 250 years. Each of their lives offers testimony to the human capacity to endure, overcome incredible obstacles, and choose honor, integrity, compassion, and service. The stories of many are told here for the first time.

Among the lives depicted here are those of Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the first African American students to attempt to integrate a formerly all-white high school in Little Rock in 1957; Vladimir Bukovsky, a teenager whose activities on behalf of the human rights movement in the Soviet Union landed him in prison; Marianne Cohn, who paid the ultimate price for her courage as a resistance fighter in World War II France; Charles Eastman, raised as a Sioux, who was thrust at age fourteen into an alien white world and who later returned to his people as a physician and saved many lives at Wounded Knee; Olaudah Equino, a West African sold into slavery in the eighteenth century whose autobiography offers an unflinching portrayal of the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade; and Chai Ling, a slip of a girl who assumed leadership of the student rebellion in China's Tiananmen Square. The heroes profiled in this book represent ten nations—Africa, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Pakistan, Soviet Union, Thailand, and the United States. Each profile concludes with a bibliography for further reading. These engagingly written stories of young people's courage will inspire and instruct.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This attractive title highlights the impressive deeds of 17 young people, ages 12 to 23, who lived over the last 250 years. Familiar figures (Nathan Hale, Nellie Bly, Daniel K. Inouye, and Jos Mart') appear along with lesser-known names. Among those profiled are Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the "Little Rock Nine"; Chai Ling, a leader of the student rebellion at Tiananmen Square; Mair' Chisholm, a Scottish suffragist and front-line medic during World War I; and Helmuth H bener, who was executed in 1942 for protesting against the Nazi regime. The author does a remarkable job of illustrating the times in which these people lived and the difficulty of their noble choices. Each 12-to-15 page profile provides a detailed look at the valor of its young hero, is liberally peppered with anecdotes and quotations, and has a bibliography. Black-and-white images of the young men and women and an appendix that groups those profiled by gender, nationality, and century complete this stirring title. This book offers readers a choice of little-known heroes for biography assignments and also provides teachers with the opportunity to enliven a classroom discussion.-Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313302572
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBIN KADISON BERSON is Director of the Upper School Library of Riverdale Country School in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Melba Pattillo Beals 1
Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) 19
Vladimir Bukovsky 33
Mairi Chisholm 47
Marianne Cohn 63
Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) 77
Olaudah Equiano 89
Nathan Hale 103
Prateep Ungsongtham Hata 123
Helmuth Hubener 135
Daniel K. Inouye 145
Chai Ling 163
Sybil Ludington 181
Jose Marti 193
Iqbal Masih 209
Arne Sejr 223
Emma Tenayuca 249
App Young Heroes by Gender, Century, and Nationality 263
Index 265
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