Books by Marc Aronson

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers interested in mythology and paleontology will be intrigued. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Researchers have used fossils to understand much about the prehistoric world, but this work shows how a passionate woman with a curious mind studies them to understand how early peoples devised their myths and legends. Read full book review >
THE SKULL IN THE ROCK by Lee R. Berger
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 23, 2013

"A terrific piece of paleoanthropology, with a smart blend of scientific sobriety and narrative verve. (Nonfiction enhanced e-book. 10 & up)"
Advances in paleoanthropology are given a bracing, clearsighted overview in this enhanced e-book from Berger and Aronson, based on the 2012 print book of the same name. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A fascinating account of an Indiana Jones–style fossil hunter and how his discoveries have changed the way we see human evolution. ("A New View of Evolution," further reading, glossary/index, author's note) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
When 9-year-old Matthew Berger found a fossil, he "opened a door two million years back in time." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"Written with the authority of a fine writer with an inquiring mind, this dramatic story is history writing at its best. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
In fascinating detail, Aronson tells the story of America during J. Edgar Hoover's reign as head of the FBI and "the nearly fifty years of criminal activity that was his legacy." Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Aronson's first work about a current event may leave readers feeling claustrophobic, but they'll be inspired by this modern-day tale of survival. (source notes, list of interviews, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
On August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground in northern Chile's unsafe San José mine, setting off a story that captured the attention of the world, "from experts on outer space to drill bit manufacturers from Pennsylvania, from nutritionists to camera crews." Read full book review >
PICK-UP GAME by Marc Aronson
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Superb stories by writers who know and love the game; an ode to the show. (Linked short stories. 14 & up)"
Gladiators meet at the Cage, a fenced-in basketball court at West 4th in Manhattan, one of the legendary sites of playground ball. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

From 1600 to the 1800s, sugar drove the economies of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa and did more "to reshape the world than any ruler, empire, or war had ever done." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Pearson's hypothesis is only one of many, and the author characteristically urges readers to question what they see and always keep an open mind, just like this endearing archeological team. (epilogue, timeline, glossary, author's note, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Stonehenge is one of the most enduring and mysterious monuments in the world. Read full book review >
UP CLOSE: BILL GATES by Marc Aronson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Well-conceived and totally intriguing, even for technophobes. (notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Think you already know everything about Bill Gates? Read full book review >
UNSETTLED by Marc Aronson
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Palestine as one is likely to find. (notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
A deeply personal investigation of an extremely complex moral, political and religious issue by an author whose love for and attachment to the state of Israel is tempered by his commitment to justice for all. Read full book review >
WAR IS... by Marc Aronson
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"An essential resource for readers, librarians and teachers, with important writings they might not come across otherwise. (Anthology. 14 & up)"
Two editors give this anthology of writing about war a split personality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"It's an eye-opening case study in how history and folklore can intertwine. (maps, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With assistance from Aronson, a veteran author/editor and nabob of nonfiction, Nelson recasts his adult title Steel Drivin' Man: The Untold Story of an American Legend (2006) into a briefer account that not only suspensefully retraces his search for the man behind the ballad, but also serves as a useful introduction to historical-research methods. Read full book review >
RACE by Marc Aronson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"EWSLUGMT Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (2006) is a good match for the second half of this work. (Nonfiction. YA)"
"Race" is a modern invention, but "the urge to hate those who are different" is timeless. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Add this to Aronson's growing body of fine historical works that are changing how young readers think about history. (biographical dictionary, glossary, sources & websites, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Unlike old-school textbooks that portrayed the Age of Exploration as advanced European civilizations exploring primitive worlds, Aronson and Glenn take a global view, seeing 1492 as the pivotal date in human history—"the first encounter between advanced civilizations that had developed an ocean apart." Read full book review >
ROBERT F. KENNEDY by Marc Aronson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"Exemplary history writing. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
Bobby Kennedy was the "relentless, reckless third son of a clan determined to change history," and the story of this clan ranges from the Irish potato famine to the Cuban missile crisis and beyond, a complicated tale of family, fame and fortune. Read full book review >
THE REAL REVOLUTION by Marc Aronson
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"A strong choice for history classrooms and a must for all libraries. (cast of characters, timeline) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Charging war elephants, bank failures in Scotland and Daniel Boone all play a part in this "transnational" study of the American Revolution, the final installment in a trilogy, which, with Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado (2000) and John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise (2004), covers early English explorations of the New World through the American Revolution. Read full book review >
JOHN WINTHROP, OLIVER CROMWELL, AND THE LAND OF PROMISE by Marc Aronson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 24, 2004

"Though allusions to contemporary novels, writers, and events are sometimes jarring, this is an important study of the origins of America as a land of promise. (cast of characters, endnotes, bibliography, timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In the 17th century, Protestant zealots became leaders in England and New England, determined to lead the forces of God against the Antichrist. Read full book review >
WITCH-HUNT by Marc Aronson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"This is excellent history writing that involves the reader in the excitement of discovery and the thrill of recreating the past. (note to the reader, appendix, timeline, index) (Nonfiction. YA)"
The Salem witchcraft hysteria in 1692 was a time when "a group of individuals acted as a pack to attack and destroy others," and the question ever since has been how it happened and why. Read full book review >
911 by Michael Cart
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A teacher's guide will be available online, and a portion of the profits from the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund for relatives of the victims. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The title of this timely anthology emphasizes the connection between the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the 911 emergency assistance phone number, offering both teens and adults thoughtful, provocative literature that may help with preliminary discussions and perspective on this difficult subject. Read full book review >
SIR WALTER RALEGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO by Marc Aronson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 15, 2000

Forming what amounts to a trilogy with Albert Marrin's The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times (1995) and Ralph C. Staiger's Thomas Harriot, Science Pioneer (not reviewed), this absorbing story of an adventurer's adventurer takes readers from the brilliant, intrigue-ridden court of Queen Elizabeth to the unmapped reaches of North and South America, from dizzying heights of wealth and success to years of imprisonment and a traitor's death. Read full book review >