Books by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"History made immediate and meaningful. (author's note, bibliography, further reading, websites) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
In a collective act of protest and heroism, an Ohio community successfully defied the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"An adequate introduction to a remarkable 20th-century author. (two folktales, timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
Zora Neale Hurston and her times come alive in this introduction for young readers. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2005. (bibliography, map) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had much in common, yet their feud led to a duel that left one dead and the other forever discredited. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"Still, it's an important work that will introduce an important American to a new generation of readers. (afterword, bibliography, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In her day, Addams was one of the most famous women in America and was known around the world as a social activist, a pacifist, the author of 11 books and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An exhilarating companion for the likes of Charlotte Jones's Mistakes That Worked (1991). (photos, source notes) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Developing the theme that paying attention can lead to sometimes revolutionary discoveries, Fradin presents 11 case studies in serendipity, from fossil-hunter Mary Anning and Newton's apple to Jocelyn Bell's discovery of pulsars. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The bibliography will not lead young readers beyond the text, but this volume has much to offer all by itself. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The Constitution celebrated its 217th anniversary on June 21, 2005, and the 39 founders would be delighted that their document has not only endured but has been amended 27 times to make the United States even more democratic. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Pair it with the equally stirring likes of Stephen Krensky's Dangerous Crossing: The Revolutionary Voyage of John Quincy Adams (p. 53). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Fradin sandwiches a present-tense, practically hour-by-hour account of the confrontations at Lexington and Concord between an introductory cast list and a closing "whatever happened to them" feature. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 20, 2004

The Fradins continue to chronicle the brutalities and triumphs of the struggle for civil rights with this hard-hitting account of the stubborn campaign to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Read full book review >
WHO WAS BEN FRANKLIN? by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Two timelines are appended—one on Franklin's life, and one on world events. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Benjamin Franklin "snatched the lightning from the sky and the scepter from tyrants" and his story is told here in many informative and amusing anecdotes. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"While Fradin's style here is not as graceful or as fluid as this year's Ida B. Wells (not reviewed), Peter Still's remarkable life should be shared with all young people. (bibliography, graphics credits) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In as carefully plotted description of Peter Still's life as there is for young readers, this biography chronicles his determination to free himself and his family. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Even so, it is moving and enlightening. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
Slavery, "the peculiar institution," was practiced throughout the New World, but Fradin concentrates on the slaves who escaped, and provides, as much as possible, biographies of those who had the courage to face the awful consequences should they have been returned to slavery. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This is an exhaustive catalog of the author's areas of interest and study; those who share his sensibilities won't mind going along for the ride. (full-color photographs, bibliography, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In a meandering account of almost everything "earthlings" have thought about the Red Planet, Fradin (We Have Conquered Pain, 1996, etc.) explores such topics as the canals on Mars (signs that past inhabitants irrigated their dry planet?), and speculation on its vegetation, rock formations, and fossil microbes. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1996

"Riveting. (b&w photos, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A clear, well-organized, and highly readable account of a dramatic chapter in US history. Read full book review >
HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >