Books by Michael L. Cooper

FIGHTING FIRE! by Michael L. Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"A dramatic narrative, richly illustrated and solidly supported. (museums to visit, recommended reading, websites, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The history of firefighting in the United States is explored through the stories of 10 important fires. Read full book review >
UP CLOSE: THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Michael L. Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Another strong entry in the fine Up Close series. (Biography. 11 & up)"
In a superb biography both personal and opinionated, Cooper calls Theodore Roosevelt "the hero America needed." Read full book review >
JAMESTOWN, 1607 by Michael L. Cooper
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2007

"Clear writing, attractive layout and brevity make this a fine account of early colonization. (maps, time line, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In 1607, after two failed attempts to settle on Roanoke Island, English settlers established a colony at Jamestown. Read full book review >
REMEMBERING MANZANAR by Michael L. Cooper
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"11 US underscores his passionate plea to remember. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The author's visit to Manzanar, one of ten Japanese internment camps established during WWII, serves as the frame for this exploration of the forced evacuation of over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans and their lives in the relocation camp. Read full book review >
INDIAN SCHOOL by Michael L. Cooper
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Generous helpings of contemporary black-and-white photographs and statements give many students both voices and faces; a concluding list of sources (of varying reliability) includes web sites. (map, b&w photos and reproductions, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Cooper (Hell Fighters, 1997, etc.) takes a relatively dispassionate look at a cruel chapter in US government/Indian relations: the sometimes-forcible removal of children to Carlisle and other off-reservation boarding schools. Read full book review >
HELL FIGHTERS by Michael L. Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

 A look at the double struggle of black soldiers in WW I- -against the enemy abroad, and against the prejudice that resided closer to home. Read full book review >
BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND by Michael L. Cooper
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The dim black-and-white photographs are a mixture of portraits and street scenes. (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
 Cooper (From Slave to Civil War Hero, 1994, etc.) expands on the topic introduced to young readers in Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration (1993): the movement of a million rural African-Americans from the South to cities in the North between 1915 and 1930. Read full book review >
PLAYING AMERICA'S GAME by Michael L. Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Photos; lists of books and other sources; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
 After black players were excluded from organized baseball near the end of the 19th century, they created leagues, barnstorming teams, and an annual All-Star Game (the East-West All-Star Classic) that often rivaled the Bigs in attendance and income. Read full book review >