Books by Cheryl Harness

MARY WALKER WEARS THE PANTS by Cheryl Harness
Released: April 1, 2013

"Despite awkwardness, this is a welcome window into an important American life. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Pants: Women were not supposed to wear them. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Should attract aspiring adventurers. (author's note and list of additional female explorers; selected bibliography, websites) (Collective biography. 9-11)"
After showcasing risk-taking gals in Women Daredevils (2007), Cummins introduces 10 "dauntless" women born before 1900 whose little-known deeds "contribut[ed] to science, geography, history, and cultural understanding" at a time when "proper ladies simply did not go gallivanting around the world to explore new territories." Read full book review >
WOMEN DAREDEVILS by Julie Cummins
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

At a time when women were expected to be domestic angels, this spunky history tracks a handful of female risk-takers who dared to do what they loved despite the danger. Read full book review >

THE REMARKABLE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 6, 2005

Harness takes Franklin from a "sick-of-soap-and-candles, sea-hankering boy" to contented, renowned old age, retracing well-traveled territory but slipping in frank acknowledgements that his first son was illegitimate and his other children born of a common-law marriage. Read full book review >

OUR COLONIAL YEAR by Cheryl Harness
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

Harness's attempt to portray common colonial-era activities through the seasons by pairing a scene set in each of the 13 colonies to a month (plus New Year to make it come out even) goes awry on several counts. Read full book review >

FRANKLIN & ELEANOR by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The story of Franklin and Eleanor is a story of overcoming," Harness writes, and in developing that theme, she pays heartfelt tribute to two lives united by a dedication to service. Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF THE NILE by Cheryl Harness
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

With characteristic horror vacui, Harness packs verbal and visual information into each teeming, full-bleed spread, sending a young museum-goer and his eccentric great aunt on a quick trip back to Ancient Egypt for tours of the Step and Great Pyramid, plus glimpses of city and rural life, writing, religion, and embalmers at work. Read full book review >

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Thomas Jefferson was a "man of contradictions," an eloquent champion of freedom and equality, yet a slaveholder who fathered several children with Sally Hemings, a slave and half-sister to Martha Jefferson. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Beginning with Ann Lee, mother of the Shaker movement, and ending with Doris Haddock, fighting for campaign finance reform, Harness (The Revolutionary John Adams, p. 1693, etc.) sketches in words and pictures 20 women who "dared to try to change the world." Read full book review >

THE REVOLUTIONARY JOHN ADAMS by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

In her signature style, Harness (Remember the Ladies, 2001, etc.) joins the contemporary effort to bring John Adams to his rightful place in history. Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR by Cheryl Harness
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

In her newest kaleidoscopic American history tour, Harness (Ghosts of the 20th Century, 1999, etc.) spirits young Lindsey away from a modern reconstruction of a Civil War battle for a look at the real thing. Read full book review >

REMEMBER THE LADIES by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

This compilation of paragraphs about one hundred of America's most famous women ranges from the dawn of the nation to the current millennium, highlighting the women trailblazers who have altered its history forever. Read full book review >

MARK TWAIN AND THE QUEENS OF THE MISSISSIPPI by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

The history of Old Muddy and the role the river played in the life of Samuel Clemens make for an intriguing journey through the past in this biography. Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF THE WHITE HOUSE by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

A factual picture book offers a good look at the White House and thumbnail sketches of its occupants, past and present. The premise is that Sara and her classmates are to visit the White House, looking up facts ahead of time ``so we wouldn't be stupid on the tour.'' While she's in the East Room, George Washington yanks her physically into his painting, and begins showing her around the house, where they meet different presidential ghosts. Read full book review >

ABE LINCOLN GOES TO WASHINGTON 1837-1865 by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

To the growing number of picture-book biographies add this sequel to Young Abe Lincoln (1996) that covers the latter half of Lincoln's life. Read full book review >

THEY'RE OFF! by Cheryl Harness
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

In a volume subtitled ``The Story of the Pony Express,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, 1995, etc.) traces the exuberance and the debt that—for a brief period in 186061- -blazed the mail west in ten short days, half the time it had taken by stagecoach. Read full book review >

YOUNG ABE LINCOLN by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1996

A folksy, genial biography, subtitled ``The Frontier Days, 18091837,'' this is an accessible if bland work. From his log-cabin birth and hardscrabble boyhood to his emergence as a politician, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a frontier Everyman, with ``shirttail a'flappin' '' and a love of learning. Read full book review >

PAPA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT by Cheryl Harness
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

In a work subtitled ``Around the World on the Night Before Christmas,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, p. 469, etc.) chooses a moment in history from which to launch a provocative journey. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING IMPOSSIBLE ERIE CANAL by Cheryl Harness
THINGS THAT GO
Released: April 1, 1995

The book of choice for middle-grade readers embarking on the topic, this fills the gap between Peter Spier's illustrated song- text (The Erie Canal, Doubleday, 1970) and the factual detail of R. Conrad Stein's The Story of the Erie Canal (Childrens, 1985). The pages work hard. Read full book review >

YOUNG JOHN QUINCY by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

``Johnny's'' father is away at the Constitutional Congress when this book opens; it will be another year before the Declaration of Independence is written. Read full book review >

THREE YOUNG PILGRIMS by Cheryl Harness
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

Mary, Remember, and Bartholomew Allerton were among the youngest on the Mayflower's first voyage; the words here tell how, with the other newcomers, they suffer tremendous losses but gradually come to view Plymouth as home. Read full book review >