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Product Type: Books
Age: Early 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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2009 Award
Stagecoach Sal
(by Deborah Hopkinson/ illus. by Carson Ellis, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

When her dad is stung by a hornets, Sal takes over as stagecoach driver and runs into the scoundrel, Poetic Pete. But have no fear this larger than life size gal manages to get the mail through and capture the villain, too! This is a lively vehicle for giving kids a glimpse of the old west. Based on several true-life characters, this is a work of historic fiction with opportunities for singing some of our best known folksongs. A storybook that can be partly sung and enjoyed by young listeners/singers. 4-8.

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

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2001 Awards
The Butterfly
((by Patricia Polacco), Philomel $16.99 Score:) In the dark of night a "ghost" of a girl appears in Monique's bedroom. But she is no ghost! Set in Nazi occupied France, this suspenseful story tells of the terror, courage, and friendship of a French family that helped a Jewish family hide and escape. Based on true events, Polacco's artful blend of image and story are bittersweet reminders of a cruel time when even butterflies were not free. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Radio Rescue
(by Lynne Barasch, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Kids who are growing up with email and instant messages may be fascinated by this story of a 12-year-old boy who became a ham operator and a hero back in the '20s when making a long distance call could take hours. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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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
Joining the Boston Tea Party
(by Diane Stanley/illus. by Holly Berry, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Liz, Lenny, and their grandma go time traveling again in this lively trip to the Boston Tea Party. Told with both straight prose and cartoon balloons, this is full of humor and solid information. A kind of Magic School Bus to history without the bus.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
A Bus of Our Own
(by Freddi W. Evans/illus. by Shawn Costello, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) Getting to school five miles down the road takes some doing-especially without a bus. Based on a true story, this tells how a community of African American families joined together in the early fifties to give their kids a bus.

Age: Early 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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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. 59.

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

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2003 Award
Milly and the Macy's Parade
(by Shana Corey/illus. Brett Helquist, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Once upon a time before the annual parade became a holiday tradition, young Milly and her immigrant father were homesick for the way they celebrated in the old country. So, naturally, Milly just marched up to Mr. Macy's office and told him what was needed. And, as they say in Hollywood, the rest is history! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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