Books by James Cross Giblin

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A tour de force. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
A masterful chronicle of one of 20th-century America's most catastrophically influential figures. Read full book review >
DID FLEMING RESCUE CHURCHILL? by James Cross Giblin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Some adults may be taken aback by Jason's use of Fleming's first name, but all who deal with young researchers will welcome this realistic account, which contains unobtrusive yet valuable instruction from a Sibert Award-winning author. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Assigned to write a report on Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, fifth-grader Jason despairs of finding enough to fill three pages until he finds an interesting anecdote on the Internet—but is it true? Read full book review >
THE MANY RIDES OF PAUL REVERE by James Cross Giblin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Since the story of Paul Revere and the history of the American Revolution are so entwined, a short, concise volume such as this is a great starting place for young readers. (source notes, bibliography, map, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Known as "the messenger of the Revolution," Revere carried out many rides for the cause: to the seaports near Boston to alert residents that the British might try to unload their tea; to New York and Philadelphia to win support for Boston; to the First Continental Congress; to Lexington and Concord, as memorialized in the Longfellow poem of 1860; and to New England towns urging the raising of an army. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still, this will interest young readers and could spark interesting classroom discussion. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Famed nonfiction writer Giblin makes a mostly successful foray into historical fiction with this slim novel based on a true story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 23, 2005

"Add this far-ranging work to Civil War collections, histories of American theater and other fine nonfiction works by the author. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Edwin Booth was the greatest classical actor of his day and did much to pave the way for the respect theater now has in our country. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SPHINX by James Cross Giblin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The author's enthusiasm for his subject and the stories around it come through clearly, and an annotated bibliography grounds the enthusiasm in fact. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A characteristically solid text is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations to tell the life and times, with a few diversions, of the Sphinx. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ADOLF HITLER by James Cross Giblin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 22, 2002

"An essential purchase. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Opening with an overview of dictators through history, Giblin (The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin, 2000, etc.), always a graceful, unemotional stylist, traces the life and actions of the leader of "the thousand year Reich" in a straightforward and lucid manner. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

From the canny predictions of Jules Verne to the environmental and civil-rights movements, 11 eminent writers for children follow topical threads through our country's past century. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1999

"This well-documented book is packed full of information about a man, his work, and an exciting, expanding period in natural history. (index, not seen, b&w photos & reproductions, bibliography, notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
PLB 0-06-027494-8 An enthralling step-by-step account of Charles Willson Peale's 1801 excavation of two near-complete mastodon skeletons. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An author's note provides commentary on the story's centuries-old origins. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An authentic Arthurian romance inspired this foray into fiction for Giblin (When Plague Strikes, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"A highly informative, engrossing work. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Three profiles of epidemics—the bubonic plague, smallpox, and AIDS—each one a cohesive cross section of history, medicine, and biology. Read full book review >
BE SEATED by James Cross Giblin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Attractively illustrated with b&w photos, period prints, etc.; bibliography and source notes; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In his usual lucid, humane style, the author of such historical surveys as Chimney Sweeps (1983 American Book Award) and Milk (1986) considers the role of the chair as artifact, symbol, and comfortable refuge. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON by James Cross Giblin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 5-8)"
An overview, emphasizing Washington's love of home and family, plus his sense of duty to his country, and touching on significant personal and public events of his youth, leadership during the Revolution, and presidency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the ``Women of Our Time'' series, the first biography from an author noted for innovative looks at social history (Milk, 1986). Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT UNICORNS by James Cross Giblin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
With his usual intelligence and grace, Giblin (well-known for his award-winning nonfiction) covers the extensive history of a popular subject, once again illuminating some fascinating byways of social history with skillfully assembled facts. Read full book review >