Here are a couple of books that I've really liked. Both are biographies. They're incredible true stories of remarkable men, proving that biographies do not have to be boring! The first is John Smith Escapes Again! by Rosalyn Schanzer. What a life! You've probably heard the story of John Smith and Pocahontas--well, you don't the half of it! John Smith was shipwrecked, became a "pirate", got rich, went to war, was captured, made a slave, and rode 16 days to make an escape. And that was before he ever came to America! You'll also read the real story of him and Pocahontas. This is one exciting book and the illustrations are as much fun as the story.
The second one is Jim Thorpe's Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac. Jim Thorpe could be the greatest athlete that America ever had, possibly the greatest athlete ever. He played football, baseball, ran track, and excelled at all these sports, setting records that stood for years. He even participated in the 1912 Olympics in Stockhom and shook hands with the King of Sweden! But he had to overcome a lot of hardships to get there. He grew up a poor Native American on a reservation. He couldn't sit still long enough to finish any school. Yet his father encouraged to keep trying, becuase Jim's father knew that the boy had a special talent for sports. Read about how Jim finally made it big and then had a terrbile injustice committed against him, yet he never gave up. It's a great story--and the best part is that it's true!