Across Five Aprils
The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
“An intriguing and beautifully written book, a prize to those who take the time to read it, whatever their ages.”—The New York Times
“This is a beautifully written book, filled with bloodshed, hate, and tears, but also with love, loyalty, and compassion, with unforgettable characters, and with ideas and implications that have meaning for young people today.”—Chicago Tribune
“A powerfully moving story about the Creighton family of Southern Illinois and their personal struggles in the War Between the States.”—Chicago Daily News
“Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history.”—ALA Booklist
“An impressive book both as a historically authenticated Civil War novel and as a beautifully written family story…The realistic treatment of the intricate emotional conflicts within a border-state family is superb. The details of battles and campaigns are deftly integrated into letters and conversations, and the characters are completely convincing.”—University of Chicago Center for Children’s Books
Being Teddy Roosevelt
Riley O’Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can’t afford to rent him a sax, and he’s sure he’ll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt’s “bully” spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all.
Claudia Mills’ sparkling story about the influence of important historical figures is enhanced by tender, insightful illustrations.
Being Teddy Roosevelt is a 2008 Bank Street—Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees
Why would several monkeys suddenly fall from the trees? How do tiny frogs make deadly poisons? Why are passionvines so difficult to find? Why do certain plants harbor hordes of biting ants? What kind of creature pollinates an odd-looking flower? These are some of the mysteries explored in this fascinating follow-up to Susan Quinlan’s award-winning The Case of the Mummified Pigs and Other Mysteries in Nature. Each of the eleven ecological mysteries in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book follow scientists as they track down clues, set up curious experiments, and ultimately discover some of the surprising and hidden connections that make tropical forests so fascinating—and so fragile. Ms. Quinlan’s carefully researched illustrations help readers visualize tropical forests, diverse plants and animals, and the details of each mystery.