Books by Sally Wern Comport

ON POINT by Hena Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"A delightful follow-up from a writer who understands children, family, and culture. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In this second installment of the Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream series, Zayd navigates challenging times on his new basketball team and changing relationships with both his best friend and his favorite uncle. Read full book review >
POWER FORWARD by Hena Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Readers will cheer for Zayd and look forward to the next volume. (Fiction. 6-11)"
Fourth-grader Zayd has the passion to make the gold basketball team, but his latest obstacle might make him miss the upcoming tryouts. Read full book review >
DREAM MARCH by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An excellent text to introduce nascent readers to Dr. King's story. (author's note) (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
A complex piece of history is told in simple language. Read full book review >
NILE CROSSING by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A beautiful, flawed story that rings true even if set thousands of years ago. (historical note, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A starting-school story set in the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550-1070 B.C.E.). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"Much has been written for children about Mount Rushmore. While this isn't a must-have, it offers a new approach to this landmark. (Picture book/biography 7-10)"
You're a dutiful son; your father, renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum, designed the presidential monuments on Mount Rushmore. You finish the job when your father dies, but history will ignore you. Read full book review >
FIRST KIDS by Gibbs Davis
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"New readers who want to know about young White House residents will have a good-enough start here. (Informational early reader. 4-8)"
Capitalizing on the interest in the Obama girls, Step into Reading has reissued an updated version of their familiar First Kids (2004) with Malia and Sasha on the cover. Read full book review >
NIGHT WINGS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"An off-kilter effort from the author of Bearwalker (2007), Skeleton Man (2001) and other more effective terror tales. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Bruchac's not at his best in this weak, predictable tale. Read full book review >
BEARWALKER by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Despite a plot that runs on slasher-film logic and an inconsistent use of the convention of the tale told in a journal, fans of Bruchac's short, Native American legend-inspired horror will enjoy this latest entry in the series. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Baron Braun has enough to deal with: new school, bullies, being short, a missing father and a mother in Iraq. Read full book review >
WHO’S SAYING WHAT IN JAMESTOWN, THOMAS SAVAGE? by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"Though Comport's low-angle illustrations have a distractingly flat, over-painted look, and the closing bibliography is composed of adult sources and hard-to-find journal articles, the narrative here is easily vivid enough to compensate. (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-11)"
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding, Fritz's latest venture into America's past sketches the career of a teenaged cabin boy who joined the beleaguered colony at the beginning of 1608. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF SKELETON MAN by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The addition of Central-American mythology might add a little interest, but it's likely even fans of the first will be left wondering why Skeleton Man bothered to return. (Fiction. 9-14)"
It's been one year since seventh-grader Molly Brant rescued her parents and escaped from a tall, skeletal man posing as her great uncle. Read full book review >
WHISPER IN THE DARK by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Final art not seen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Fourteen year-old Maddy, who is half Narragansett Indian, is still dealing with the deaths of her parents in an accident that damaged her left arm when she begins to suspect she is being stalked by a monster from tribal folklore. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"In this first-person narrative, as recorded by Edwards, Reubin is a companionable guide, and the inviting format, lively prose, and dramatic illustrations make this one of the better offerings for the bicentennial of the grand event. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Reubin Field and his brother Joseph were two of the "nine young men from Kentucky" who joined the famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THANKSGIVING by Robert Merrill Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The impressionistic paintings feature idealized figures, plus plenty of smiles and food; a song and a recipe for pumpkin muffins close this still-spry assignment title. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Comport (Brave Margaret, 1999) furnishes bright new illustrations for Bartlett's basic introduction to the holiday's origins and formalization (Thanksgiving Day, 1965). Read full book review >