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Unsung Heroes

Series Description

Unsung Heroes shines a spotlight on underrepresented voices throughout history. Featuring racial minorities and other marginalized contributors who are routinely left out of history books, this biography series examines the work of professionals throughout US history and in the fields of science, technology, and social justice. Each book profiles 12 individuals and their impressive contributions as well as the challenges they faced.

Titles and ISBNs






  • Dewey: 920
  • Reading Level: Grades 3–5
  • Interest Level: Grades 3–6
  • Page Count: 32
  • Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
  • Lexile Levels: 660–710L
  • ATOS Levels: 5.2–5.4
  • Correlation with National Curriculum
    • CCSS RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 8; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 8


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Latest Reviews

“Women and minority groups get their due in the concise collective biographies of the Unsung Heroes series. Each themed volume presents 12 individuals who made important contributions to history or science that went largely unrecognized due to their race or gender. Rather than offering full biographies, the text highlights each person’s contribution, its impact, and the obstacles that impeded his or her wider success. Among those featured in Science are Rosalind Franklin (discoverer of DNA’s structure) and African American Charles Drew, whose research led to the development of blood banks. Social Justice introduces Felicitas Mendez’s efforts to end segregation and deaf activist Frank Bowe’s work to protect rights for the disabled. Patricia Bath makes laser eye surgery possible in Technology, which also spotlights Jagadish Bose, a pioneering researcher of wireless technology. US History includes Bass Reeves, an African American lawman in the Wild West, and Victoria Woodhull, who ran for president in 1872. Each individual is given a two-page spread with one to two photos and a quick-fact box recapping key points from the main text; occasionally, another colored box will contain a relevant historical tidbit or a critical-thinking question. The direct sentences and clean layout make these good picks for struggling readers, though all will benefit from learning about the figures being profiled. A concluding “Fact Sheet” offers added historical context.”

—Booklist, March 2017

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“This book is part of a larger collection published 
by a group known as 12-Story Library, and each book has just 12 individual sections on their main topic. Each person and achievement throughout the hard cover book is described in two-page increments including photographs, a sidebar with data, and illustrations. The book has a table of contents, glossary, and index along with a fact sheet that helps to explain why the people featured in the book are underrepresented. The publisher features a continually updated page for each book on the web site The website can be accessed by teachers and students using the digital code or the link provided at the end of the book. For busy teachers who do not have the time to research all that has been achieved in science by less publicized groups, and want their students to realize that contributions to knowledge come from all groups of people, this book could be very useful as a resource in the school library or classroom. The idea that there is a source of more information on a topic will help students to realize that they can use some information as a springboard for greater knowledge.”

Unsung Heroes of Science
—NSTA Recommends,
November 2016


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