We are so excited to welcome New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer to introduce two new books in his Ordinary People Change the World biography series. His seriers focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Gandhi and his peaceful revolution; and Sacagawea, the only Native American included in Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition, join the inspiring list of heroes whose stories are told in this biography series. Brad Meltzer devised this series as a way to give today’s kids the right role models and to encourage them to live heroically. “Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it.”
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book tells the story of how Gandhi used the principles of nonviolence and noncooperation to fight discrimination against Indians in South Africa and to end British rule in India. Like the series’s biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi’s story focuses on his peaceful heroism in the struggle for civil rights and social change.
Sacagawea was the only girl, and the only Native American, to join Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, which explored the United States from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s. As a translator, she helped the team communicate with members of the Shoshone tribe across the continent, carrying her child on her back the whole way. By the time the expedition arrived at the west coast, Sacagawea had proved that she truly was a trailblazer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.