No one expected much of George Washington Carver. An African American born in 1860, he wasn't allowed to receive an education. But after the civil war, he enrolled in classes and became a star student. Later he focused on botany and developed ways to grow crops better, and came up with tons of household products, plus more than 100 recipes using peanuts. Learn all about his life in this kid-friendly biography. Paperback by Jim Gigliotti. 112 pages, for ages 8-12.