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Mrs. G. from Fremont CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Gustavus Adolphus the Great Needs an Extreme Makeover!

The cost of 30 biographies of people ranging from Albert Einstein to Rosa Parks to teens overcoming tough times is $453, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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The biography section in our school library needs an extreme makeover! This section is currently filled with books that are extremely out of date and not appealing to our teenage patrons. One of our more obscure titles is "Gustavus Adolphus the Great", a biography published in 1940. We would love to see our biography section filled with new books that our students would read. Presently, our students do not have access to biographies about people that are of interest to them and most of our biographies are tomes. Our student population is diverse - 21.4% are on free or reduced lunches and 250 students are ELL (English Language Learners). In February of 2001, a beautiful new library was built at our school thanks to the passage of a 1991 school bond. Unfortunately, in the last few years our district and state library funds have dwindled to 70 cents per student while our enrollment has grown in the last four years by 500 students. Our students need access to readable, current, high interest biographies. We would like to purchase as many biographies as possible to add to our collection. Perhaps you were wondering who is Gustavus Adolphus the Great? He was a 17th century Swedish leader, called the "Lion of the North". Oddly enough, this book has never been checked out!

Mrs. G.
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History Phillip M. Hoose • Barnes and Noble $25.20 1 $25.20
Tupac Shakur Quincy Jones, Vibe Magazine, The Editors of Vibe Magazine (Editor),Preface by Alan Light • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Drinking: A Love Story Caroline Knapp • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Struggle to Be Strong: True Stories by Teens about Overcoming Tough Times Al Desetta (Editor),Sybil Wolin (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America Nathan McCall • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter Adeline Yen Mah,Adeline Yen Mah,Suzanne Oaks (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High Melba Pattillo Beals,Julie Rubenstein (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World Leah Hager Cohen • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories S. Beth Atkin • Barnes and Noble $12.59 1 $12.59
East Side Dreams Art Rodriquez,Margie Maestas-Flores (Editor),Greg Runion (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Quiet Room: A Journey out of the Torment of Madness Lori Schiller,Amanda Bennett • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black Gregory Howard Williams • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, Vol. 1 bell hooks • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Autobiography of a Face Lucy Grealy,Ann Patchett (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Go for the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life Mia Hamm,Aaron Heifetz • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
When I Was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self Lori Gottlieb • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway,Jill Ker Conway • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
Hole in My Life Jack Gantos • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
Aaliyah: More Than a Woman Christopher John Farley • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
With Their Eyes: September 11th -- The View from a High School at Ground Zero Annie Thoms,Taresh Batra (Editor),Created by Anna Belc • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Rosa Parks: My Story Rosa Parks,James Haskins,With Jim Haskins • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust Livia Bitton-Jackson,Livia Bitton-Jackson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
To Be A Slave Julius Lester,Tom Feelings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Coach Carter Adapted by Jasmine Jones,Screenplay by Mark Schwahn,Screenplay by John Gatins • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
We Are Witnesses: The Diaries of Five Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust Jacob Boas • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Albert Einstein? Jess M. Brallier,Jess Braillier,Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator),Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Before They Were Stars (NBA Reader Series) John Smallwood,Scholastic, Inc. Staff (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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