CABIN FACED WEST
Ann Hamilton’s family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard. But when the Hamiltons survive a terrible storm and receive a surprise visit from George Washington, Ann realizes that pioneer life is exciting and special.
CAN'T YOU MAKE THEM BEHAVE KING GEORGE
This entertaining volume, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz, sheds light on the life of England’s King George III.
It begins when he was a bashful boy who blushed easily, goes on to his early days as king, and finally examines his role in the American Revolution – when Americans ceased to think of him as good King George. Fascinating history made accessible for young readers.
“The lively text includes plenty of amusing, personality-revealing anecdotes . . .”–Children’s Literature
Double Life of Pocahontas
In a story that is as gripping as it is historical, Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz reveals the true life of Pocahontas. Though at first permitted to move freely between the Indian and the white worlds, Pocahontas was eventually torn between her new life and the culture that shaped her.
“This book dispels myths and describes with immediacy the life of a girl whose active conscience made her a pawn, exploited by her own people and the white world.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jean Fritz removes the romantic varnish from the legend and turns history into engrossing reality.” —The New Yorker
From Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz comes, ”The most alive story of the American Revolution that has appeared in many years.” —The Horn Book
In pre-revolutionary Salem, fourteen-year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the conflict between Tories and patriots increasingly divides the townspeople.
George Washington’s Breakfast
A fun take on history from Newbery Honor-winning author, Jean Fritz!
George Washington Allen, a boy who never gives up until he finds out what he wants to know, is determined to learn all there is to know about his namesake, including what the first president ate for breakfast!
“The sprightly, humorous story and likable colored illustrations bring history alive and make research meaningful.” —Booklist
“A delightful book. The plot combines history, biography, research, cooking and a determined child.”–The New York Times Book Review
“Younger and reluctant readers may enjoy this, as it offers a painless way of picking up information.”–School Library Journal
Great Little Madison
In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact.
“An excellent, fascinating, indispensable resource.” —Kirkus Reviews, pointer review
“The book is rich in the sort of detail that illuminates the man, but is not limited to personal information; a great deal of government history is woven into the biography.” —Horn Book, starred review
“Fritz has given a vivid picture of the man and an equally vivid picture of the problems that faced the leaders of the new nation in the formative years.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children?s Books, starred review
“Young readers will feel like they know the ‘Great Little Madison’ very well.” —School Library Journal
Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers
Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up in a family in which her seven brothers were expected to be successful preachers and the four girls were never to speak in public. But slavery made Harriet so angry she couldn’t keep quiet. Although she used a pen rather than her voice to convince people of the evils of slavery, she became more famous than any of her brothers. She firmly believed that words could make change, and by writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe hastened the Civil War and changed the course of America history. “Readable and engrossing.” — The Horn Bookn”Fritz writes with verve and wit….Many kids will be stimulated to go on from here to find out more.” — Booklist (boxed review)
HOMESICK MY OWN STORY
The accolades speak for themselves:”Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai, the isolating distance in her mother’s grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of a suffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child’s exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen….A remarkable blend of truth and storytelling.” —Booklist, starred review”An insightful memory’s-eye-view of her childhood…Young Jean is a strong character, and many of her reactions to people and events are timeless and universal.” —School Library Journal, starred review”Told with an abundance of humor–sometimes wry, sometimes mischievous and irreverent–the story is vibrant with atmosphere, personalities, and a palpable sense of place.” —The Horn Book“Every now and then a book comes along that makes me want to send a valentine to its author. Homesick is such a book….Pungent and delicious.” —Katherine Paterson, The Washington Post
Make Way for Sam Houston
Colorful Sam Houston leaps to life in the pages of this fresh and funny biography, set against the story of Texas’s fight for independence from Mexico.
“Lively, readable, and solidly researched, this is the kind of biography every child needs.” —Booklist, starred review
“Jean Fritz has done it again. Her writing turns this larger-than-life character into a very real person.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Young readers will find the book fast-paced and fact-packed.” — The New York Times Book Review
Jean Fritz lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
SHH WE'RE WRITING THE CONSTITUTION
Go behind the scenes at the Constitutional Convention, thanks to award-winning author Jean Fritz’s words!
This factual gem that’s written with Newbery Honor author Jean Fritz’s humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States!
Includes a copy of the Constitution and those who signed it!
“An informative, interesting, and immensely readable account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 . . . An excellent choice for introducing young readers to the complexities of the constitution.”—School Library Journal
“An absorbing biography of the controversial Confederate general, one of the country’s greatest, and oddest heroes.”—The New York Times
No one thought Thomas Jackson would grow up to be a hero. Certainly not his childhood friends, who laughed at him when he fell into the river on the way to church and then sat through the service in his wet clothes. The cadets at West Point watched him sweat buckets whenever he had to speak in class and doubted if he’d even graduate. But through it all, Jackson’s determination to succeed served him well. He found that war allowed him to be the kind of man he’d always dreamed of being. While other soldiers fell back in terror, Jackson stood “like a stone wall” and went on to be one of the most brilliant and heroic military leaders in America.
A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Traitor: the Case of Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold always carried things too far. As a boy he did crazy things like climbing atop a burning roof and picking a fight with the town constable. As a soldier, he was even more reckless. He was obsessed with being the leader and the hero in every battle, and he never wanted to surrender. He even killed his own horse once rather than give it to the enemy.
Where did the extremism lead Arnold? To treason.
America’s most notorious traitor is brought to life as Jean Fritz relays the engrossing story of Benedict Arnold — a man whose pride, ambition, and self-righteousness drove him to commit the heinous crime of treason against the United States during the American Revolution.
“A highly entertaining biography illuminating the personality of a complex man.” —Horn Book
“A gripping story. . . As compelling as a thriller, the book also shines as history.” —Publishers Weekly
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An ABA Pick of the Lists
A Horn Book Fanfare Title