Hameray Biography


The series was co-edited by Alan Trussell-Cullen and Dr Adria Klein.
The series is available from the Hameray Publishing Group.

Publisher’s description :

The Hameray Biography Series is specifically written to meet the needs of reluctant readers in grades 3-8, and is aligned with Common Core State Standards, while matching social studies curriculum. The books are written for students reading at least two levels below their grade. The interest level is for all readers, thanks to the collection’s fascinating and relevant content. Providing highly inspirational stories of courageous individuals, the series highlights the lives of people from different cultures, backgrounds and time periods.

The Hameray Biography Series provides a great opportunity for at-risk readers to practice literacy and researching skills thanks to its up-to-date content, in-depth glossaries, and included list of resources for guiding further student research.

Encourage your students to achieve their dreams by learning from the lives of these amazing people!

Key Features:

  • Interest level for grades 3-8
  • Wide-range of historical figures ensure a title to fit in various curricula
  • Lively writing, interesting facts, and primary sources keep students drawn in
  • Low levels of difficulty and high interest levels promote independent reading
  • Dynamic photos, art, maps and timelines support full comprehension and enjoyment
  • Meets state and national education standards for Social Studies and Reading
  • High-frequency vocabulary words and context clues support striving readers
  • “Learn More” section drives students to continue research with carefully selected online and print resources.

Titles by Alan Trussell-Cullen

Benjamin Franklin - From Inventor to Founder of a New Nation by Alan Trussell-CullenBenjamin FranklinFrom Inventor to Founder of a New Nation

One of the most influential figures in history, Benjamin Franklin was an instrumental part of forming the early United States. During his life, he was a printer, an inventor, an author, a statesman, and an international diplomat. His name appears on every document that defines the United States and his image appears on its currency. Over 200 years after his death, his presence is still felt today.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-259-6


Princess DianaThe People's Princess by Alan T:russell-CullenPrincess Dianathe People’s Princess

Princess Diana began her life as a shy and unhappy young girl. Yet she grew up to become a princess who was to be loved and respected by people everywhere. Diana’s quiet and loving nature led her into charity work around the world. She wasn’t afraid to work on tough issues like AIDS awareness. She spoke out against the use of land mines and did a lot to help its victims. Her tragic death in a car crash in 1997 stunned the world. Her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, continue to work hard to keep their mother’s legacy alive.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-068-4


Mahatma Gandhi - The power of Peace by Alan Trussell-cullenMahatma Gandhi – The Power of Peace

Mahatma Gandhi was so shy as a young lawyer in India that he sometimes was unable to speak. Yet, later in his life, Gandhi found the power and strength to lead the people of India as they struggled to end poverty, injustice, and the oppressive British rule in their country. Gandhi’s slight frame belied the power that was within him. His power came not from violence, but from peaceful protest. Gandhi’s message of peace would liberate his country and help change the world.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-064-6


Alexander Graham Bell - The Inventor Who Changed the World by Alan Trussell-CullenAlexander Graham Bell – The Inventor Who Changed the World

Alexander Graham Bell was a lifelong inventor who is responsible for one of the greatest inventions in history: the telephone. But did you know that he also created the world’s first metal detector, and helped start the modern music recording industry? Bell also developed airplanes and hydrofoils during his career, always trying to understand the world and make it a better place.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-258-8


Muhammad Ali - Heavyweight Champion of the World by Alan Trussell-CullenMuhammad Ali – Heavyweight Champion of the World

A three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali’s popularity transcended the sport of boxing and made him an international icon. He made headlines for his refusal to enter the Vietnam draft, his conversion to Islam, and for being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Follow along, from his early years as Cassius Clay, to his emergence as Muhammad Ali – The Greatest of All Time.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-269-5


Jacques Cousteau - Guardian of the Sea by Alan Trussell-CullenJacques Cousteau – Guardian of the Sea

Jacques Cousteau spent his life exploring the mysteries of the ocean, and sharing all that he knew with the world. His film and television work helped to bring the underwater world into the lives of millions of people. Cousteau also worked tirelessly to raise awareness of pollution in the ocean, one of the first to do so. Read his inspiring story, and explore for yourself the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-265-7


Winston Churchill - Saving England in its Darkest HourWinston Churchill – Saving England in its Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill’s powerful speeches and bulldog personality helped him lead Great Britain to victory during hard times. A soldier, Prime Minister, and Nobel prize-winning author, Churchill had good times and bad in his career, but he remains one of the world’s most important historical figures.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-072-1



Edmund Hillary - Explorer on Top of the World by Alan Trussell-CullenEdmund Hillary Explorer on Top of the World

Edmund Hillary was part of the two-man team that was the first to stand atop Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. The amazing account of the first climb to the top of the world will leave any reader feeling dizzy! Follow the exciting life of the New Zealand explorer and humanitarian in this biography, as students follow his conquests of not only the world’s highest peak, but also of the South and North Poles.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-058-5



Mother Teresa - Mother to the Poor by Alan Trussell-CullenMother Teresa – Mother to the Poor

Mother Teresa decided as a young girl that she wanted to spend her life helping others. She became a nun and traveled halfway around the world to India. There, in the slums of the big cities, Mother Teresa began to care for the poorest of the poor. She nursed the sick and the dying, helped the homeless, and took care of the orphaned children. Read how her love and determination came to inspire millions of people around the world to help care for those in need.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-259-6066-0

Jackie Robinson - Breadking the Color Barrier by Alan Trussell-CullenJackie Robinson – Breaking the Color Barrier

Jackie Robinson broke all sorts of records. He was Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and a Hall of Famer. But he is better known for being the first man to break the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play for a Major League Baseball team. His courage, skill, and determination helped change not just baseball, but also America.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-063-9


Nelson Mandela - Freedom Fighter for His Country by Alan Trussell-CullenNelson Mandela – Freedom Fighter for His Country by Alan Trussell-Cullen

Nelson Mandela grew up in South Africa at a time when the country had unfair laws that discriminated against people because of their race. As a young man, he joined the struggle to have these laws changed. He would spend twenty-seven years of his life locked up in prison for speaking out. But he never lost hope. After his release in 1990, he was elected as President of South Africa in the country’s first free election. Reade how one man helped achieve the impossible dream of a peaceful multi-racial nation.

ISBN: 978-1-60559-067-7

Other Titles in the Series:

The series also includes the following titles: Cesar Chavez, Davy Crockett, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Henry Ford, Anne Frank, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Harry Houdini, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chief Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman, George Washington.