Books by Laurie Calkhoven

Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"It's an entertaining presentation on a fascinating topic, but given its length, it doesn't extend the audience too much beyond what its original could expect to reach. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
When the United States entered World War II, it quickly became clear that, in order to win the war, the military must break enemy code. Read full book review >
JUDY, PRISONER OF WAR by Laurie Calkhoven
Released: March 27, 2018

"Best for young dog lovers. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
If dogs could talk, World War II veteran Judy might have described her adventures the same way Calkhoven does. Read full book review >
HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Philip Freeman
Released: May 1, 2012

"An opening promise of 'beauty and magic and disturbing twists' goes unfulfilled in this monotonous parade of ancient names and detached barbarism. Illustrations not seen. (Mythology. 12-16)"
A numbing catalog of "Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals" from Greek and Roman mythology, condescendingly "adapted" for younger audiences from a juicier version for adults. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An absorbing adventure that wears its twin informational and character-development loads lightly. (map, glossary, reading list) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A young Parisian joins the French Resistance in this Boys of Wartime series entry. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A fine introduction to a battle that turned the tide of the war. (historical note, children's roles in the Civil War, list of characters, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
"What would the Rebels want with a place like Gettysburg, Pennsylvania?" wonders 12-year-old Will Edmonds. Read full book review >
DANIEL AT THE SIEGE OF BOSTON 1776 by Laurie Calkhoven
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, though, a fine introduction to the times for an audience not yet ready for Johnny Tremain. (historical note, children's roles in the American Revolution, historic characters, timeline, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott becomes a man during the siege of Boston in the early days of the American Revolution. Read full book review >