Books by Doreen Rappaport

Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president. (timeline, selected research sources, bibliography, websites, acknowledgments) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt certainly dared mighty things, and this lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. Read full book review >
HELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire.

Rappaport recounts the well-known events of Helen's childhood—the illness that left her blind and deaf as a toddler, her wild willfulness and the advent of Annie Sullivan's companionship and tutelage with liberating results. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book. (pronunciation guide, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

A striking cover close-up of Kennedy (with the title information on the back of the jacket, à la the author's Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2001) introduces the reader to this biography of the 35th president of the United States. Read full book review >
ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

Unhappy and quiet as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak for herself as a teenager, encouraged her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's political career and made one for herself during his presidency and after his death, defending the weak and fighting for freedoms. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

Rappaport plainly explicates the major events in Abraham Lincoln's life from his poor beginnings to the assassin's bullet. Read full book review >

LADY LIBERTY by Doreen Rappaport
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 13, 2008

"She will be massive but elegant, / as grand as any one of the / Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Following on the heels of No More! (2002) and Free at Last (2004) is the third in this striking trilogy documenting African-American history. Read full book review >

FREEDOM SHIP by Doreen Rappaport
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and his crew of enslaved men took over the Confederate ship Planter and delivered it to the Union side, complete with cannons and ammunition. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

Continuing from their successful collaboration on Victory or Death! Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

In 1965, schools in Drew, Miss. remained strictly segregated in spite of the 11-year-old Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

These one-page sketches of 13 Jewish-American figures attempt to serve as an introduction to the one "defining moment" that shaped their lives or professions. Read full book review >

JOHN’S SECRET DREAMS by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

In their latest collaboration, Rappaport and Collier combine a spare, poetic text and watercolor-and-collage illustrations to introduce readers to John Lennon and as varied references as Lewis Carroll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the war in Vietnam, and the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

FREE AT LAST! by Doreen Rappaport
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Rappaport and Evans reprise the passion and power that informed their 2002 collaboration No More! Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

With a knack for seeing the story in history, Rappaport (We are the Many, 2002, etc.) and Verniero offer real-life accounts of heroes of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Beginning with the startling cover, which contains only the face of Martin Luther King Jr., with his smile broad, and his eyes crinkled in laughter, this title intrigues. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

A poem about the impossibility of enslaving the mind and soul of a person in chains sets the tone for this stunning collection of stories and songs in tribute to slave resistance in America. Read full book review >

FREEDOM RIVER by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

Before the Civil War, John Parker, an ex-slave, successful businessman, and resident of the free state of Ohio crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky (a slave state) and risked his own life to free those still in bondage. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2000

During WWII, as men went overseas, women assumed many of their jobs; Rappaport and Callan enthusiastically invent a fictional witness to that historical moment when baseball, too, was taken over by women. Read full book review >

THE FLIGHT OF RED BIRD by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1997

In this moving work, Rappaport (Tinker vs. Read full book review >

THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL by Doreen Rappaport
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1995

A tale of courage given impact by the sheer drama that laces the story—the give and take, the frenzied activity, the cleverness. The Dragon King has cut off the rain supply to Ah-mei's village. Read full book review >

TINKER VS. DES MOINES by Doreen Rappaport
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 30, 1993

An illumination of the issues raised in an important 1965 case testing students' civil liberties. Read full book review >

THE LIZZIE BORDEN TRIAL by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

In ``you be the jury'' format, a re-creation of a notorious 19th-century murder trial, complete with contradictory testimony, inflammatory press reports, and the defendant's emotional reactions. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

The subtitle here is misleading: though they all took unusual risks, these six women were not merely daredevils. Read full book review >

THE JOURNEY OF MENG by Doreen Rappaport
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

The cruelties attending the building of the Great Wall are dramatized in a powerful story. Read full book review >