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

 


2003 Award
The Lucky Sovereign
(by Stewart Lees, Charlesbridge $15.95 Score:) Sam and his widowed father set out for Jamestown in 1616 with money saved to buy land plus one gold sovereign that an old friend gives Sam for good luck. When a thief aboard the ship tries to rob them, Sam is able to prove that the gold is his. A good story with a nod to John Rolfe, who married Pocahontas. 5–9.

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

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2003 Award
A Picture of Grandmother
(by Esther Hautzig/ illus. by Beth Peck, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) It is 1939 and Mama and Grandmother have been invited to the World's Fair in New York by Mama's brother. Sara wishes she could go, too. But, Mama is acting oddly and won't answer Sara's questions about the photo Uncle Benjamin wants her to bring to America. This slim chapter book portrays a well to do Jewish family in prewar Poland, a far cry from the typical image of the poor farmer in the shtetl. Still, the family secret about Mama's mother and Sara's grandmother are timeless. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
(by Stephen Krensky/ illus. By Greg Harlin, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) This will not replace Longfellow's "Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere". Though the illustrations are painterly and the story promises to recount a historic moment in history, this telling lacks the drama and even the memorable language that schoolchildren have traditionally learned. The sound of guns in the night were not merely something Revere heard because he was on the road. They were the "shots that were heard round the world!" 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2003 Award
Bull Run
(by Paul Fleishman, HarperCollins $4.95 Score:) Gives young readers the voices of 12 different people who are on the way and eventually involved in the Battle at Bull Run. Although this is set in the Civil War, I think it is an amazing book that opens kids minds to the bigger idea that each of the people involved comes to this single moment in history with very different perspectives. There' s a run-away boy who is too young to fight but becomes a bugle boy; a slave women who is forced to work for the Confederate side but is rooting for the Union; there are the voices of those who were let behind and those who must face the horror of the battlefield and beyond-a powerful book for 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Hallelujah Handel
(Douglas Cowley/illus. by Jason Walker, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Handel is not just a famous composer, he is a man with a social conscience who worries about the homeless orphaned children on the streets of London. In this historic fiction storybook he rescues a child who cannot speak, but sings like an angel. In truth, he gave the royalties for his Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus to support a foundling home for such boys. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Maggie's Door
(Patricia Reilly Giff, Random House $15.95 Score:) Readers of Nory Ryan’s Song may have wondered what happened to Nory, who sets out alone from Galway in hopes of reaching her family in Brooklyn. This is the story of that harrowing journey and alternates between Nory’s and her good friend Sean’s struggles and losses as they make their separate ways to the same destination. A three-hankie tear-jerker set in the time of the Potato Famine. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Fishing Day
(by Andrea Davis Pinkney/illus. by Shane W. Evans, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Reenie and her Mama go fishing for carp down at the Jim Crow River with corn kernels for bait. A poor white boy and his father have the wrong bait until Reenie shares some of their corn and in her own way takes the first steps toward breaking down one small barrier that Jim Crow represents. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Just Like Josh Gibson
(by Angela Johnson/ illus. By Beth Peck, Simon & Schuster $15.95 Score:) This is a younger story than Mighty Jackie, the Strike-out Queen. It’s also about an African-American girl who loves to play baseball. Growing up in the 40’s it doesn’t matter that she plays as well or better than most of the boys. That is, until the day when her cousin Danny hurt his arm and the All Star team needed a ninth player. Told as a memoir about Grandmama, there’s a bio of her hero, Josh Gibson, one of the giants of the Negro League who never got to play in the major league. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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