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R. Gregory Christie's acrylic paintings have a flowy, exaggerated look to them, helping the tale be intriguing and action-packed. A timeline at the end follows Robinson's life from 1919 to 1997, after he'd passed, when the MLB retired No. 42.

"Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad"; by Ann Petry; Amistad; 257 pages; $16.99.

Named a National Book Award finalist and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, Ann Petry's superb biography of legendary "Moses," Harriet Tubman, is dramatic, exciting and spellbinding. Tubman's vivacity and determination in delivering hundreds of slaves to freedom pops off the page and reads like fiction. The foreword from Jason Reynolds says Petry's book "is a historic grail for young people, especially young women all across the world today ... who aren't afraid of listening to their dreams."

Kids ages 8 to 12 will be thrilled to learn that a hero like Tubman was once a little girl who cared, had dreams and fears like them, and was determined to reach further rather than settling for her supposed fate. That's what separates heroes from the rest of us and is needed more and in our young people. "Harriet Tubman" is a genius book.

"Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling; illustrated by Laura Freeman; HarperCollins; 40 pages; $17.99.

 

The picture book version of "Hidden Figures" is as vivid and exciting as the novel. With realistic vintage-inspired artwork and enticing writing, the story of the four young African-American female math whizzes who helped send a man into space in the 1960s is coolly amazing. With best-selling author Margot Lee Shetterly at the helm, this true tale for kids ages 4 to 8 proves that valuable and heroic work is done every day by women of all colors.

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