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CLLS: Learner Resources: Great Books

Book Reviews for Adult Reading and Writing Programs by the Readers to Leaders Project of Write to Read
Alameda County Library Adult Literacy Program
February 2006

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Pg 1

The Shaman’s Newphew: A Life in the Far North
by Simon Tookoome and Sheldon Oberman

Difficulty Level 1-2


Pg 3

Martin Luther King
by Mary Stuart

Difficulty level 1


Pg 5

A Question of Trust
by Brown and Brown

Difficulty level 1-2


Pg 7

Go Free or Die: A Story about Harriet Tubman
by Jeri Ferris

Difficulty level 2


Pg 9

Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Difficulty level 2-3


Pg 11

Leon’s Story
by Leon Walter Tillage

Difficulty level 2


Pg 13

Just Juice:
by Karen Hesse

Difficulty level 2


Pg 15

Stealing Home: the Story of Jackie Robinson
by Barry Denenberg

Difficulty level 2


Pg 17

Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories
Interviews and Photographs
by S. Beth Atkin

Difficulty level 2-3


Pg 19

Voices from the Streets: Young Former Gang Members Tell Their Stories
Interviews and Photographs
by S. Beth Atkin

Difficulty level 2-3


Pg 21

by Paul Fleischman

Difficulty level 2-3


Pg 23

Nelson Mandela: Fighter for Humanity
by Catherine House

Difficulty level 3


Pg 25

Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From the Heart: the Story of Elvia Alvarado
Translated and Edited
by Medea Benjamin

Difficulty level 3-4


Pg 27

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Difficulty level 3


Pg 29

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt

Difficulty level 4

Pg 31

Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
by Alma Flor Ada

Difficulty level 4


Pg 33

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Difficulty level 4


Pg 35

Tuesdays With Morrie
by Mitch Albom

Difficulty level 4-5


Pg 37

Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks
with Jim Haskins

Difficulty level 4


Pg 39

Get On Board: The Story of  the Underground Railroad 
by Jim Haskins

Difficulty level 4-5


Pg 41

Farewell to Manzanar
by Jeanne Wakatsuki and James Houston

Difficulty level 5


Pg 43

Jessie De La Cruz : a Profile of a United Farm Worker
by Gary Soto

Difficulty level 5


Introduction and Project Participants

Pg 45

How to Get These Books

Pg 48

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