Books by Barbara Greenwood

Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Greenwood (A Pioneer Thanksgiving, 1999, etc.) successfully uses several different techniques for telling the story of the Klondike gold rush. Tim Olsen is a young 13-year-old in 1897, with big dreams of being a reporter. And the Klondike Gold Rush is his shot at a big scoop. But when he and his older brother Roy set out for the gold fields, they have no idea of the hardships they will face. The text features a packing list for the stampeders—the groceries alone total over 1,200 pounds—all to be carried up a two-mile long hill, then carried up the infamous Golden Stairs . . . and that's only the start of the journey. Following excerpts from Tim's journal, the author tells the progressive adventure of the two brothers and the obstacles they encounter. They meet gamblers, make friends, form partnerships, and work very hard. Along the way, Tim learns about life and its variety of people while he perfects his writing. Throughout the text are informational articles that will help the reader better understand the gold rush. These short, high-interest pieces include such topics as Eric A. Hegg, photographer; Faith Fenton, journalist; boat-building; the Mounted Police; cabin life; and the end of the gold rush. Several recipes and activities are also highlighted in the text, bringing history that much closer to the reader. Pencil drawings are the perfect companion to the text, illustrating the story, while at the same time educating the reader about the time period and the many unfamiliar devices used by the stampeders. Greenwood also includes several of Hegg's original photographs—windows into the past. A fascinating read. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

In an appealing amalgam of history, fiction, and crafts, Greenwood (The Last Safe House, 1998, etc.) mixes together a story about a family preparing for and celebrating Thanksgiving in 1841; recipes and graces; instructions for making a basket, corn doll, and weathervane; information about nuts and cranberries; games; and a history of the holiday, with the reasons for the celebration. Collins's drawings perfectly complement this invigorating treatment of history; children are likely to pore over this book for hours, and will want to try out the very accessible activities. This would be the perfect book to have on hand, along with materials for the crafts, for group or family use, to help while away the hours before dinner is ready. (index) (Anthology. 7-12) Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

In short chapters, the story of fictional escaped slave Eliza Jackson and her family unfold, paralleling the effect on and courage of Canadian Johanna Reid and her family, who hide Eliza and her brother Ben until they can safely reunite with their mother. The narrative introduces the points of view of Johanna, who must cope with the changes the "midnight visitors" bring, and Eliza and Ben, who recount their adventures traveling north to Canada from Virginia. Smoothly sandwiched in are maps, drawings, and factual passages that give background details of the time, such as life on Southern plantations, profiles of important figures in the history of abolitionism, and activities, which nicely break up the information. The clean, approachable design presents all of these elements in a clear, organized manner and the black-and-white illustrations complement both fictional and historical elements. While no more dramatic or emotional than entries in the American Girls series, the book authentically examines the people and logistics of the Underground Railroad in an accessible and unusual way. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12) Read full book review >