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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: History
Subcategories: Historic Fiction

 


2009 Award
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood
(by Tony Lee, Sam Hart & Arthur Fujita, Candlewick $21.99 Score:)

Remember your old Classic Comics? This graphic novel is a lot heftier and is likely to make a hit with the same audience that found their way into old classics frame by frame. This 21st Century version is darker and far more elaborate than the newsprint comics, which were considered a cut above the regular super-hero comics.  Still, even in the olden days, when your parents were reading comics there was concern that kid would never really read if they became accustomed to the graphic form. That simply was not true. In fact, the comics were one path into the ‘great’ books.  Besides, the graphic novel has become something of an art form unto itself and although we have reviewed few of them, this just might grab the interest of some otherwise reluctant readers. It is full of action, suspense and adventure. Not a bad combination for kids who need to be enticed with visual treats.  

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Awards
The War Within
(by Carol Matas, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) During the Civil War General U.S. Grant signed an order that forced southern Jews in areas he occupied to leave their homes and possessions. Told through the eyes of a13 year old girl who never questioned slavery or her acceptance of racial injustice, this is a fascinating and little known story.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Awards
Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, A Chinese Miner
(by Lawrence Yep , Scholastic $10.95 Score:) Yep paints a memorable picture of what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant during the days of the Gold Rush. He has crafted a moving story of a boy's loyalty to the family he must leave and the larger family he finds. Also recommended: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles, by Kathryn Lasky, 8-14.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Goin' Someplace Special
(by Patricia C. McKissack/illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) 'Tricia Ann's grandmother allows her to go downtown alone to her someplace special - place where everyone is welcome. But getting there is not easy in the Jim Crow South, when people of color could not sit where they pleased on the bus or park bench, in the movies, or a restaurant. What was the one special palace in Nashville where those rules were overruled? The public library.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Angel on the Square
(by Gloria Whelan, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) , HarperCollins $15.95 ) Set in czarist Russia before and during the revolution, this is a rich blend of fiction and history, with a cast of characters whose lives touch both the czar's family and those who seek change. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Dear America Series
(various, Scholastic $10.95 Score:) This series of historic journals holds great appeal to intermediate grade readers, many of whom keep their own journals. Written by both girls and boys, they capture details of everyday life in another time while reflecting major historic events. Our favorites for 2002: Seeds of Hope, A Gold Rush Diary; Five Smooth Stones, a family torn apart during the Revolutionary War by their differing allegiances; and The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy and the Trail of Tears. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
The Village That Vanished
(by Ann Grifalconi/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Dial $16.99 Score:) Slavers are coming to capture the villagers of Yao. Abikamile's mother prays to the ancestors to save them. But it is an old woman in the village and Abikamile, a girl, who have the courage to save the tribe. Handsome illustrations match a powerful story.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2005 Award
The Greatest Skating Race
(Louise Borden/illus. by Niki Daly, McElderry Books $18.95 Score:) It's 1941 and the Germans have occupied the Netherlands. Piet, a Dutch schoolboy, is given the responsibility of taking two young neighbors across the Belgian border to their aunt. Their father has been taken away by Nazi soldiers and their mother fears for the children's safety. There is just one way to get them away and that is by skating on the frozen canals where German soldiers strand guard. A story of courage and friendship. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2003 Award
Witness
(by Karen Hesse, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) When you think of the Ku Klux Klan, you probably think about southern communities. But the bigotry of the Klan knew no borders. Set in 1924, in a small town of Vermont, Witness is told in the voices of the many people who are caught in the web of hatred that threatens their livelihood and well being. A novel that could be read as story theatre, Hess has crafted a cast of memorable witnesses , adults, as well as a twelve-year-old African American girl and a six-year-old Jewish child. Their many stories, told in distinctive voices, reflect how individuals in a community deal with their anger, fear; courage, and innocence in the face of those blinded by racist strife. 9-12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Katie's Wish
(by Barbara Shook Hazen/illus. by Emily Arnold McCu, Dial $15.99 Score:) Katie is so sick of potatoes she wishes they would disappear. Soon after that the potatoes rot and sickness sweeps through Ireland. Young Katie is reunited with her Da in Boston, but cannot shake the guilt she feels for her terrible wish. A beautifully crafted picturebook that introduces the Irish famine through a child's moving story. 610.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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