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Is there a famous scientist or inventor you'd love to meet? Do you have a favourite celebrity? If you could travel back in time and hang out with a historical figure, who would it be? We probably have a book about them!

One of the Reading Challenge categories is a book about a real person. Browse the newest biographies or the popular Who Was? series. You can learn about the lives of artists or authors, activists or athletes, or kids in other times and places. Here are some titles to get you started:

 

Canadian Women Now and Then: More than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers by Elizabeth MacLeod and Maïa Faddoul
Canadian Women Now and Then: More than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers by Elizabeth MacLeod and Maïa Faddoul

Meet more than 100 Canadian women who work in a wide range of fields. They have jobs in journalism, filmmaking, activism, exploration and politics. Maybe you'll learn about your dream career from this book!

 

Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh and Baljinder Kaur
Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh and Baljinder Kaur

At the age of 81, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. He went on to break records around the world and became the first 100-year-old to complete the long-distance race!

 

A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Liz Amini-Holmes
A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Liz Amini-Holmes

Margaret's story continues after the events of Fatty Legs. When she returns to her Arctic village after two years at a residential school, she is treated like an outsider by her family. Margaret learns what it means to belong and how to be true to herself.

 

Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton and Zane Whittingham
Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton and Zane Whittingham

The true stories of six kids who lived through one of the worst periods in history.

 

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed and Iman Geddy
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed and Iman Geddy

Omar and his little brother Hassan live in a refugee camp in Kenya. When Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future.

 

Whoosh! by Chris Barton and Don Tate
Whoosh! by Chris Barton and Don Tate

Have you ever blasted your friend with a Super Soaker? You have Lonnie Johnson to thank! While working on a cooling system for rockets, he accidentally invented the bestselling toy.

 

There is still time to complete the Reading Challenge! We have some tips to find books in six other categories. Happy reading and good luck!