It was July, 1739. Sixteen-year-old Eliza Lucas sat by the fire. Eliza tried to work on her sewing, but it was hard. It was stormy outside. The wind was blowing hard and the rain slapped at the window. Eliza kept thinking about her plants. She was trying to grow indigo plants. If she could succeed, it would change South Carolina forever. Find out how in this 15-minute book. Reading level: 2.8
Often considered one of the greatest speeches given by a president, the Gettysburg Address is one of Abraham Lincoln's most well known speeches. Delivered on November 19, 1863, the speech was given at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Learn more about this iconic speech in this 15-minute book. Reading level: 6.5
William McKinley was a religious man who wanted to be a Methodist minister. He fought in the Civil War as a teenager, then became a lawyer and politician. He won the 1896 election and was the 25th President of the U. S. Six months into his second Presidency, he was shot and killed. Find out more about this man and why he always wore a carnation in this 15-minute children's biography. RL:6.9
Grover Cleveland was an honest, hardworking man who always tried to do his best. He fought against corruption in local, state and Federal Governments. He won, lost and won elections to become the 22nd and 24th Presidents of the United States. He is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms.Find out more about this twice elected president in this 15-minute bio. Reading level: 6.9.
"We will knock on your door when we are leaving so you can close up," the man in charge told Dicey. "You may go to bed now." Dicey hated the British. Dicey and her family wanted America to be free. It was 1780 and the Revolutionary war had been going on for four years. Now she had a chance to do something. She could be a spy! Find out what Dicey does in this exciting 15-minute book. RL: 2.5
Mary Patten was 19 years old. She had been married for three years. Her husband was Joshua Patten and he was a sea captain. One day in 1856 her husband got a new job. He was to sail a ship from New York to San Francisco. "We have to take the job," he told Mary. "Come with me." Find out what goes wrong and how Mary ends up in charge in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading level 2.8
Jenny was scared. The courtroom was a new place to her. Even though she was scared, she wanted to be there. Jenny wanted her freedom. She had asked the court to hear her case. She was suing John Whipple Jr., the man who said he was her master. He said Jenny was his slave. She said she was not a slave. Find out how the court case turned out in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading level 2.5
John Quincy Adams, was born to John and Abigail Adams on July 11, 1767, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts. Adams grew up at his father's side, accompanying him on trips while his father carried out his political duties. At an early age, Adams began a political career of his own.He led a varied and interesting life. Here are 14 fun facts about our 6th president. Reading level: 6.6
James Marshall was tired, but he was happy. He had a good job. James was helping to build a mill. He was working for a man named John Sutter. James was glad to be working. He was also glad to be strong enough to work. He was not always strong enough. Then James looked down.
Find out how James finds gold at Sutter's Mill and starts the gold rush in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading level 2.6
It was 1803 and Stephen Decatur was in the Navy. One day the head of the Navy called Stephen and some other men together. "Men, I have some bad news," he said. "We have lost the Philadelphia." The men groaned. Stephen knew that the Philadelphia was a big ship. She had 44 huge cannons on her. Find out how Stephen and his men get into the enemy harbor and burn the ship. Reading level: 2.8