Books by Ellen Levine

Ellen Levine is the award-winning author of The Diary of Jedediah Barstow, Freedom’s Children, and Darkness Over Denmark. She lives in New York.


SEABABY by Ellen Levine
Released: March 13, 2012

"This gentle and moving portrait of animal rehabilitation stands out for its unusual, animal-centric point of view. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A baby sea otter tells the story of his rehabilitation after a storm separates him from his mother. Read full book review >
IN TROUBLE by Ellen Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Valuable insight into a time when abortions were illegal and pregnant teenagers were hidden away instead of filmed for a reality TV show. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-15) "
Teen pregnancy long before 16 and Pregnant. Read full book review >
RACHEL CARSON by Ellen Levine
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"The contrast between the liveliness and elegance of Carson's words with Levine's respectful and honest reportage amplifies the reader's admiration for a woman who cared for her friends and family, yet dedicated her life to making the world a better place. (Biography. 10+)"
The combination of Rachel Carson's gift for writing with her passion for science and understanding the natural world catapulted her into prominence with the publication of Silent Spring, truly one of those books that changed the world. Read full book review >
HENRY’S FREEDOM BOX by Ellen Levine
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

Nelson's powerful portraits add a majestic element to Levine's history-based tale of Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who escaped by having himself mailed to freedom in a crate. Read full book review >
CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE by Ellen Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2005

"Ultimately, this is a fast-paced story that transcends its era to be all about facing down bullies, large and small, and should send a message about contemporary politics. (note to the reader, suggested reading) (Fiction. 10+)"
To most young people, the McCarthy era is a sidebar in a history text. Read full book review >
THE JOURNAL OF JEDEDIAH BARSTOW by Ellen Levine
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Jedediah Barstow is an unforgettable character in this fine story of bravery, grief, friendship, and community. (historical note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Jedediah Barstow has just been orphaned during a crossing of the Kaw River. Read full book review >
DARKNESS OVER DENMARK by Ellen Levine
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2000

"A fascinating blend of historical background and the impact of events on real people. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
History comes alive in this moving story of the heroic Danes who defied the Nazis during the occupation of Denmark. Read full book review >
A FENCE AWAY FROM FREEDOM by Ellen Levine
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"Levine has a gift for working with oral histories: Each quote she uses, while contributing to the overall fabric of the narrative, also constitutes a self-contained vignette. (index, not seen, chronology, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
 An excellent history of Japanese-American internment camps that, while claiming not to be exhaustive, is comprehensive in scope. Read full book review >
THE TREE THAT WOULD NOT DIE by Ellen Levine
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, 1993, etc.) steps back and lets the tree narrate its history from 1590 to the present, but the result is maudlin and sentimental; Rand's artwork, showing the tree over 400 years, simply doesn't achieve its usual heights. (Picture book. 8-10)"
 ``One morning hundreds of years ago, an acorn fell and grew in the earth. Read full book review >
...IF YOUR NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND by Ellen Levine
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Nostalgically warm impressionistic paintings, suffused with sepia, simultaneously signal suffering and hope. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
 Arranged in Q&A style, this survey of earlier immigrations asks: ``Did all immigrants come through Ellis Island?'' (no); ``Did you have to have a job waiting for you?'' (again, no; in fact, it was not allowed). Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Chronology (1954-68); bibliography of additional sources; b&w photos and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
 Using the words of participants in the landmark struggles in Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi, Levine powerfully re-creates their experiences. Read full book review >