Although he designed an open-heart surgical procedure for infants and children, Vivien Thomas had to instruct Dr. Alfred Blalock from a stool as Blalock performed the operation. Thomas had dreamed of becoming a doctor, but it was 1944 and he was African American. Instead, Thomas worked as Blalock’s research technician. After their move to Johns Hopkins, Blalock asked Thomas to investigate how to save “blue babies,” infants who were born with a fatal heart defect that made their skin look bluish. In addition to adapting a procedure that he and Blalock had perfected, Thomas created a needle short enough to perform the delicate surgery requiring Tiny Stitches (Lee and Low, $17.95). Author Gwendolyn Hooks and illustrator Colin Bootman relate the inspiring true story of a medical pioneer who faced racism head-on to save thousands of lives. Ages 7-10.

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By Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620141564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 15th, 2016

Two U.S. presidents, elected one hundred years apart, had a surprising amount in common. Although one was born in a log cabin and raised with modest means and the other had everything a boy could ask for, both became military leaders. Both were later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and then nominated to be vice presidential candidates. Both men worked to ameliorate racial inequalities in a divided nation. And, tragically, both presidents were assassinated. Author/illustrator Gene Barretta offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the lives and work of Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare (Henry Holt, $17.99). Ages 7-10.

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By Gene Barretta, Gene Barretta (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805099454
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 14th, 2016

You might want to get warm and cozy before reading Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure: A Woman and a Dog Walk to the North Pole (Capstone Young Readers, $14.95) by Sally Isaacs. The courageous Thayer was determined to be the first female to walk to the North Pole, a 364-mile trip. Initially she wanted to make this trip alone, but decided at the last moment to bring along an Inuit husky named Charlie. The two became fast friends on this perilous trip, encountering a ferocious polar bear and life-threatening snow storms. Iva Sasheva’s illustrations and chilly palette realistically portray the adventurers and the harsh but beautiful environment. Ages 9-11.

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By Sally Isaacs, Iva Sasheva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781623706074
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Published: Capstone Press - March 2016

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