'Charlotte Forten: A Black Teacher in the Civil War' by Peter Burchard - This book was written based on Ms. Forten's journals. She was from a promenient African American family. met and mentions many famous people, like Frederick Douglass and Robert Shaw. This is a terrific read and only 99 pages.
'Journey Home' by Yoshiko Uchida - Story takes place during World War II. 12 year old Yuki and her parents have been released from a camp, in Topaz, Utah after getting approval to return to California. Once returning they are faced with prejudice and anti-Japanese violence. Eventually they find new hope and strength in themselves, and Yuki discovers that coming home is a matter of the heart and spirit.
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