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First up is a wonderful new historical fiction work: A Soldier's Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss.
Sarah Emma Edmonds, served as a Union soldier, a nurse, a spy and a courier during the Civil War: as Frank Thompson, she was everywhere - from Bull Run, to the Peninsula Campaign to Fredericksburg and Antietam. She saw action in some of the Civil War's most brutal campaigns, and managed to keep her secret safe until 1863, when she discovered that she had malaria and knew that hospitalization would surely reveal her true gender.
Next, I read, So, You Want to be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara, because I seem to have one boy every year who is mad about comic book illustrating, and I have been searching for a how-to book about this for a long time.
Finally, I was able to get my hands on Self Portrait in Seven Fingers: The Life of Marc Chagall in Verse, which many bloggers have been singing the praises for some time now. This absolutely stunning book is the work of Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis, who provide the poems which weave the story of Chagall's life - from his birth in Vitebsk, Russia in 1887, to one of his last paintings, "The Fall of Icarus" in 1975.
It is my fond hope to finish the year off with a multi-genre project (Penny Kittle's idea, actually, which she details in Write Beside Them, a summer book club read which left me much inspired. Self Portrait with Seven Figures will be a wonderful mentor text to share with my students as a way to mix nonfiction writing with poetry and art.