Books by Elizabeth Partridge

BOOTS ON THE GROUND by Elizabeth Partridge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A valuable complement to existing nonfiction about the Vietnam War for young people, adding an intimate dimension to the larger history. (bibliography, source notes, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact on the country and individuals whose lives it forever changed. Read full book review >
DOGTAG SUMMER by Elizabeth Partridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2011

"A strong yet gentle read. (teacher's guide) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A child of conflict struggles to understand her past and her present in this impressive historical novel. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This well-designed and impeccably documented volume is a good match with Phillip Hoose's Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009). (author's note, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
With this photo-essay on the 54-mile civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction. Read full book review >
BIG CAT PEPPER by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The entirely secular explanation of death and the fact that there is no substitution pet added to the family in the end make this a very worthwhile addition to bibliotheraputic literature for the young. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"Mama, me, and Pepper, / always been this way. / Never been without him, / even for a day." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Strong language, partying, sex and drugs were a big part of John's life, and their portrayal makes this a work for older readers, who will find it fascinating. (afterword, discography, index) (Nonfiction. YA)"
"The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Read full book review >
KOGI’S MYSTERIOUS JOURNEY by Elizabeth Partridge
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Though the subtler insights here may have more meaning for adults, children too will respond to the beauty of the art and page design—and Kogi's dream makes disturbing, universally compelling reading. (author note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-11)"
Partridge, author of several studies on how art or artists are made, focuses on transformations and artistic epiphanies in this powerfully retold Japanese legend. Read full book review >
WHISTLING by Elizabeth Partridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Children will be entranced by the unaffected sweetness and gentle rhythms of both story and pictures and their magical sense of family love and devotion to the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Simply gorgeous illustrations adorn a poetic boy-and-his-dad story. Read full book review >
MOON GLOWING by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Lovely. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A spare text describes the onset of winter as four animals of the forest make preparations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A nice one-two punch with Bonnie Christensen's recent picture book, Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People (2001). (author's note, endnotes, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Woody Guthrie was arguably the greatest of American folk singers. Read full book review >
ORANGES ON GOLDEN MOUNTAIN by Elizabeth Partridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Excellent for the classroom and a useful addition to any library. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This touching and pretty picture book tells the story of Jo Lee, a young boy in 19th-century China who is sent to join his uncle on Golden Mountain (the name Chinese immigrants have given to California) when a drought has brought hardship to his village. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND BO AND THE BIG SURPRISE by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's fun having friends no matter what the circumstances, and part of that fun could be reading this together, with its voice parts—veritable bursts of prose—for an amiable duet. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Partridge's (Oranges on Golden Mountain, p. 56, etc.) story is sweet and gentle and, if it is not highly (or even remotely) original, it will give beginning readers some fast-clipping exercise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions; her photographs_many of which have been reproduced in these pages_captured some of the darkest episodes in American history and continue to touch all who ponder them. (b&w photographs) (Biography. 10-14)"
A fascinating biography of the world-famous photographer, written by the daughter of Lange's assistant in the 1930s. Read full book review >
CLARA AND THE HOODOO MAN by Elizabeth Partridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1996

"Clara is a plucky heroine and when she is finally appreciated for her efforts, few readers won't be satisfied. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Breaking one of her momma's prized ten-gallon crocks launches a chain of events that leads Clara to the hoodoo man in this story set in turn-of-the-century Tennessee hill country. Read full book review >
DOROTHEA LANGE by Elizabeth Partridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Still, this compendium is respectfully assembled and nicely documented. (Partridge has produced a companion film to accompany the book.)"
A general introduction to the life and work of photojournalist Lange that draws on family remembrances, scholarly evaluations, and a handsome picture portfolio. Read full book review >