One such story is Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Many of us have heard of Typhoid, the illness that killed so many in history. It was often spread through contaminated water, but not always. Many of us have heard the term Typhoid Mary, but we don't know the origin of the term or the history of the young lady who would carry that name as a legacy. This book tells us the story.
A story that is a little closer to home is A Wrestling Life by Dan Gable. Dan Gable grew up in Iowa. He experienced his share of struggles, including the death of a sister. But, he overcame and found himself an Olympic champion. This is his inspiring story of the journey to the Olympics and the lives he has touched since.
Many times there are stories that have been fictionalized, but the basic story is true. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is one of them. I didn't even realize that I had chosen two books by the same author until I was typing. This book stands out as a favorite. It is the story of a young man who grew up in Hitler's Germany and took a stand for what he believed. Not everyone was supportive of Hitler's Nazism and this book will teach and enlighten you to a piece of that history.