Books by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A natural and notable companion for Joy Hakim's magisterial but sunnier History of US (2006). (chronology, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
The darker side of the "American Century," recast for younger audiences from the companion to a sobering documentary film (book and film both 2012). Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"This strong entry in the Dear America series makes history come alive through one plucky girl and her little brother. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
After the deaths of their parents, 14-year-old Pringle Rose and her 10-year-old brother, Gideon, head to Chicago, just in time for the great fire. Read full book review >
NAAMAH AND THE ARK AT NIGHT by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This captivating interpretation creates a remarkable partner for Noah, who uses her special talent in a memorable way. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The animals march along two by two in most Noah's Ark stories, but Noah's partner is often missing altogether. In this unusual interpretation of one of the most popular Bible stories, it's Noah's wife who is the star as she sings the arkful of animals to sleep. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"An exemplar of history writing and a must for libraries and classrooms. (a note to the reader, time line, quote attributions, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
On a May evening in 1866, in Pulaski, Tenn., six men lounged about a law office. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO DARED by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Pair it with Bartoletti's Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow (2005). (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Spun off from interviews with survivors as well as published sources, Bartoletti crafts a novel closely based on the true story of Helmuth Hübener, a German teen who stood up to the Nazis and paid with his life. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Superb. (epilogue, time line, author's note, about the photographs, quote sources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Formed in 1926, the Hitler Youth involved seven million boys and girls by 1939 and was instrumental in Hitler's rise to power. Read full book review >
NOBODY’S DIGGIER THAN A DOG by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Bartoletti's bouncy, poetic text is well matched with Giacobbe's playful pooches, complemented by creative text placement and varying fonts that match the cavorting canine conduct. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bartoletti and Giacobbe collaborate again in this lively sequel to Nobody's Nosier Than a Cat (2003) and in fact, the starring cat from that work plays a supporting role as feline foil in the sequel. Read full book review >
THE FLAG MAKER by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: April 22, 2004

"As inspiring as it is elegantly turned out, this will add unusual dimension to a famous episode in our national story. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Based on both historical sources and a bit of speculation, Bartoletti recreates the construction of the immense "garrison" flag that (probably) flew over Fort McHenry, was immortalized by Francis Scott Key, and was sewn by Mary Pickengill, a Baltimore businesswoman. Read full book review >
NOBODY’S NOSIER THAN A CAT by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A little pruning would have resulted in a tighter, better package all-around. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Nobody's nosier than a cat— / a moon-eyed cat, / a night-watch cat." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An illuminating discussion of the Great Irish Famine and how emigrants contributed to the growth of cities around the world. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Using illustrations from mid-19th-century newspapers and stories of people actually involved, Bartoletti has written a fascinating account of a terrible time. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2000

"The whole is full of Annetka's spirit, her vivid use of language in snatches of her native Polish as well as her wonderful English metaphors, like kisses 'to stick her feet to the floor.' (glossary, historical photographs, maps, recipe) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Bartoletti has added a nuanced tale to the Dear America series with this diary of a 14-year-old from Sadowka, Poland,1896. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

trike" in New York City and the fate of the sharecroppers in the southern cotton industry, the garment and coal mining industries loom as the real villains in child labor issues. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH DZIADZIU by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: March 1, 1997

"A wonderfully mature story, full of humanity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Gabriella listens to her grandmother's stories of Poland, immigrant life in America, and dancing with her handsome young husband, Dziadziu, in an enchanting, life-affirming story that's as iridescent as the glimmer between life and death. Read full book review >
SILVER AT NIGHT by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"A fuzzy look at immigrant hardship. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
Bartoletti (Study Skills Workout, not reviewed) tells of Massimino, who works for the landlord of his Italian village and wants a better life. Read full book review >