Books by Elizabeth Mann

LITTLE MAN by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Exceptional. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A tale of finding a place to belong with a specific setting but universal appeal. Read full book review >
STATUE OF LIBERTY by Elizabeth Mann
Released: July 1, 2011

"It's not exactly an untold tale, but this new telling is worth the read. (measurements, bibliography, 'The New Colossus') (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A solid new entry in Mann's exemplary tour of the modern world's architectural wonders (The Taj Mahal, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TAJ MAHAL by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The text is a bit dry and not particularly child-friendly, but certainly thorough. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
The story of the Taj Mahal is widely known and many believe it to be a romantic tale: A 17th-century ruler of India, Shah Jahan, builds a monument and tomb for his beloved wife, whom he loses during the birth of their 14th child. Read full book review >
TOMORROW, NEXT YEAR by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Aug. 14, 2008

"A big, bold and brassy celebration of the West, ideal for dedicated readers."
This broad, sweeping novel presents four generations of ranchers living, working and dying in British Columbia's stunning Okanagan Valley. Read full book review >
THE PARTHENON by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Though the author ends abruptly with the catastrophic explosion of 1687, she once again will leave readers buzzed about one of the great works of architecture, and more deeply aware of the ways in which it reflects its builders' beliefs and attitudes. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Perceptive as always, Mann not only examines the construction of the Parthenon in this new entry in her Wonders of the World series, she also discusses what decorating this glorious, no-expenses-spared, holy temple with statues not of gods but of mortals reveals about how Athenians regarded themselves. Read full book review >
TIKAL by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Still, a reading list would have been nice, especially considering the pace of new discoveries, and the availability of such engaging related titles as Laurie Coulter's Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphs (2001). (map, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Despite plenty of recent archaeological and paleographical discoveries, ancient Mayan history and culture remain by and large great unknowns—a reality that forces even careful, reputable writers like Mann, author of the brilliant Brooklyn Bridge (1996) and other studies of great monuments, into generalizations and speculation. Read full book review >
THE PANAMA CANAL by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Mann and Rangel have created an exceptional resource for the classroom, as well as an epic piece of storytelling. (maps, diagrams, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-12)"
Mann (The Great Wall, 1997, etc.) offers the older end of the picture-book set a concrete, engaging narrative on another of the man-made wonders of the world. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WALL by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Mann makes thrilling the ironies of the Great Wall: It never fulfilled its purpose of providing safety by exclusion, and contributed to the downfall of the Ming dynasty because of its enormous cost. (maps, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A beautiful and informative entry in the Wonders of the World series in which Mann (The Brooklyn Bridge, 1996, not reviewed, etc.) meticulously outlines the building of the Great Wall as well as the thousands of years of conflict that prompted it. Read full book review >