Books by Connie Roop

EXTREME SURVIVORS by Connie Roop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just the ticket to spark or nurture early interest in the wonders of the natural world. (Informational early reader. 5-7)"
"Extreme" gets a broad definition (ticks?), but the first-rate photographs and easy-to-read commentary in this survey of animals adapted to harsh habitats will win over budding naturalists. Read full book review >
RIVER ROADS WEST by Peter Roop
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Excellent for research or for browsing. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Before pioneers cut roads through wildernesses, rivers carried people across the continent. Read full book review >
TAKE COMMAND, CAPTAIN FARRAGUT! by Peter Roop
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2002

"An unusual presentation that could spark interest in this exceptional young man. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
At age ten, David Glasgow Farragut became the youngest midshipman ever assigned to a warship in the United States Navy. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE FOR TODAY by Peter Roop
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"A good read with an interesting historical background. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A child's experience on a whaling ship in 1851 is brought to life in this fictional account based on two real whaling families' journals and diaries. Read full book review >
PILGRIM VOICES by Connie Roop
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"Still, invaluable for those eager for textual authenticity and ready to go beyond Marcia Sewall's The Pilgrims of Plimoth (1986) and Joan Anderson's The First Thanksgiving Feast (1984). (Nonfiction. 10+)"
 The Roops (I, Columbus, 1990, etc.), skillfully adapting primary sources, fill a gap left when E. Brook Smith and Robert Meredith's Pilgrim Courage (1962) went out of print. Read full book review >
OFF THE MAP by William Clark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Since there are some telling incidents here, this will have some use as a supplement to secondary sources; but a more extensive sampling, with fuller explanation, would have been a good deal more valuable. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
 Excerpts from the Lewis and Clark journals—framed between a brief ``Prologue'' (on the purpose of the expedition), plus Jefferson's letter outlining guidelines for exploring the Territory, and an equally brief ``Epilogue'' (on the trip back and the ultimate fates of major participants)—that sufficiently suggest the hardships and heroism of the journey. Read full book review >
ONE EARTH, A MULTITUDE OF CREATURES by Peter Roop
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Appreciative but unsentimental, a realistic glimpse of nature at work. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
 Set in the Pacific Northwest, 14 double-spread vignettes of woodland, meadow, and sea. Read full book review >
AHYOKA AND THE TALKING LEAVES by Peter Roop
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 15, 1992

"Appealing b&w watercolors; bibliography. (Fiction. 6+)"
 Ahyoka—daughter of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet—is credited with ``enter[ing] into the genius of his labors.'' Adapting and filling out the historical record, the Roops depict their determination to find a way for Cherokees to read and write like whites, despite the antagonism of their family and tribe. Read full book review >