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Turning Points in US History

Learn amazing facts about U.S. history’s most dramatic moments with Turning Points in U.S. History. Each book examines a significant historical event, showcases multiple historical perspectives, and reflects on what led up to the event and its impact on the world at large. Profiles of the event’s key players and groups point out their specific contributions. Think About It sidebars guide the reader in critical thinking.

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  • Dewey: 973
  • Reading Level: Grades 3–5
  • Interest Level: Grades 3–6
  • Page Count: 32
  • Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
  • Lexile Levels: 710–850L
  • ATOS Levels: 5.3–6.0
  • Correlation with National Curriculum
    • CCSS  RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 8; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    • NCSS 2, 5, 6, 8, 9


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Latest Reviews

“The volumes in this series are not limited to 12 facts; rather, they include 12 chapters containing a multitude of facts, presented in a traditional paragraph-by-paragraph format. If readers can make peace with a series name that does not fit, they will go on to discover content that is meaningful and nuanced. For instance, The Boston Tea Party not only describes the actual tea dump but explains why tea itself was so important, a good lesson for helping readers understand the many influences that go into political events. Most of the illustrations in the series are in black-and-white. Sidebars and illustrations are lined and/or shaded in green and orange. VERDICT The title is a misfit, but the content is top-notch.”

—School Library Journal, April 2016

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12 Incredible Facts about the D-Day Invasion and 12 Incredible
 Facts about the Moon Landing are two of eight books in 12-Story Library’s Turning Points in History series for middle grade readers. These small format books provide historical and political background, along with significant dates, places, people, and details. Each of the 12 ‘incredible facts’ is expanded over two pages of compelling information, highlighted by related sidebars, maps, and photographs. Lois Sepahban’s 12 Incredible Facts about the D-Day Invasion presents events leading up to the D-Day Invasion, the planning and strategy, the battle itself, and the aftermath. Contemporary photos illustrate wartime conditions including weaponry and the holding of prisoners. Angie Smibert’s 12 Incredible Facts about the Moon Landing reviews the ‘space race,’ the early US space program, and the Apollo missions. Both triumphs and tragedies are included, along with thoughts about what the moon landing meant for America. Each volume offers a great synopsis of a significant event in US history, jam-packed with facts and figures, eye-catching page design, and helpful extras including a list of key dates, glossary, and references. The publisher also offers interactive content, videos, and updates on its website. The Turning Points in History series would be well-suited to home or school reading. These concise books are manageable for younger history buffs, yet there is enough depth to the material to elevate the reading level for older students.”

12 Incredible Facts about the D-Day Invasion
12 Incredible Facts about the Moon Landing
Christian Library Journal, April/May/June 2017


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