Books by Phillip Hoose

Phillip Hoose is the acclaimed author of Hoosiers, the story of basketball life in Indiana, as well as two highly-praised books for young adults: We Were There, Too and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. He lives in Portland, Maine, and at the age of 59


YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A powerful, awe-inspiring basketball-driven history. (biographies, sources, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Acclaimed author Hoose (The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, 2015, etc.) returns to his home state with the true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indianapolis, anchored by one of the greatest players of all time. Read full book review >
THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER by Phillip Hoose
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"A superbly told, remarkable true story and an excellent addition to stories of civilian resistance in World War II. (photos, bibliography, chapter notes) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A handful of Danish teens takes on the occupying Nazis is this inspiring true story of courageous resistance. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

As he did in The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004), Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through a single bird species, but there is hope for survival in this story, and that hope is pinned on understanding the remarkable longevity of a single bird. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 2, 2009

Claudette Colvin's story will be new to most readers. A teenager in the 1950s, Colvin was the first African-American to refuse to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Ala. Although she later participated with four other women in the court case that effectively ended segregated bus service, it is Rosa Parks's action that became the celebrated event of the bus boycott. Hoose's frank examination of Colvin's life includes sizable passages in her own words, allowing readers to learn about the events of the time from a unique and personal perspective. The sequence of events unfolds clearly, with its large cast of characters distinctly delineated. Period photographs and reprints of newspaper articles effectively evoke the tenor of the times. Both Colvin and the author speculate that it was Colvin's unplanned (and unwed) pregnancy that prevented her from being embraced as the face of the Civil Rights movement. Her commitment to combating injustice, however, was unaffected, and she remains an inspiring figure whom contemporary readers will be pleased to discover. (notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Removed from perfect indeed, but all the more charming for it."
YA author Hoose (The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, 2004, etc.) recalls his youthful obsession with baseball and the profound impact of his casual friendship with a famous cousin who played for the Yankees. Read full book review >
THE RACE TO SAVE THE LORD GOD BIRD by Phillip Hoose
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

Before 1800, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker's distinctive call and rap could be heard throughout the river and swamp forests of the southeastern US; the last documented sighting of the great black-and-white bird was in 1944, when an Audubon Society artist sadly painted the last remaining female in a Louisiana swamp. In the intervening years, humans wiped out both bird and habitat, forcing extinction. With power and humor, rage and sorrow, the narrative details the demise of the Lord God bird (so-called by some because of its awe-inspiring flight), braiding into its tale the stories of those who came into contact with it, from J.J. Audubon himself to James Tanner, the Cornell fellow whose pioneering study of the bird sparked conservationists' understanding that preservation of species requires preservation of habitat. Hoose packs just the right amount of information into his text, chronicling the rise of the Audubon Society out of the Plume Wars and the twin impacts of Reconstruction and WWII on southern forests with equal ease. Sidebars add engrossing details, and extensive back matter bespeaks exemplary nonfiction. But it's the author's passion that compels, till the reader is on the edge of the seat, hoping against history that the Ivory-bill will be saved. Outstanding in every way. (Timeline, glossary, chapter notes, index.) (Nonfiction. 10+)Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"We're not taught about younger people who have made a difference. Studying history almost makes you feel like you're not a real person." This remark by a girl Hoose had interviewed for It's Our World Too: Stories of Young People Who Are Making a Difference (1993), inspired him to embark on this major project. He follows the traditional arc of US history, from Columbus and the Colonies to hippies and the computer revolution, by relating the stories of individual young people—both familiar and little known. Each three- to four-page narrative begins with a quote (often—when available—from the person herself), and ends with a few lines describing "what happened" to the person in her adult life. Illustrations (mostly black-and-white print and photo reproductions with ownership credits at the end) on every page and sidebars of interesting historical tidbits or explanations make every spread inviting, and should encourage browsing. Hoose's short entries are accessible and give a good sense of the historical process by using attributed quotes and explanations of how each individual's story survived. However, for the curious, he provides no direct references to his sources. His selected sources at the end—grouped by chapter—will give readers a general indication of where to go next, especially as he marks those most appropriate for young readers with an asterisk. This approach to history will intrigue and delight readers. Frederick Douglass and Sacajawea take their place alongside Caroline Pickersgill (who in 1813 helped her mother and aunt stitch the flag that Francis Scott Key wrote about), and Jessica Govea (whose education as a union organizer started when she was a four-year-old migrant worker in California). Hoose brings his narrative firmly and elegantly to the 21st century with contemporary examples. An index of proper names and topics may help kids with reports, but for those wanting a broad but approachable book on US history, this is a thoroughly enjoyable choice. (sources, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

Two books in one: first, 14 fascinating accounts of children working for human rights, the needy, the environment, or world peace (e.g., the Swedish first- and second-graders who founded the Children's Rain Forest; and the young New Mexicans who, inspired by Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, hope to build a peace statue in Los Alamos); second, a handbook for young activists, with practical suggestions for planning, organizing, publicizing, and raising funds for social action projects. The author's experience as a tenant organizer and a staff member of the Nature Conservancy is evident; with its inspirational examples and down-to-earth advice, the book should be very helpful to young people in schools, churches, clubs, and scouting who are planning service projects. Unusually attractive typography and layout, with lots of quotes, photos, etc., in the ample margins; sample documents; annotated lists of printed resources and organizations. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >