Search Results: "Dennis Fradin"


BOOK REVIEW

VOLCANOES by Judy Fradin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"Young readers will get a good sense of the awesome scale of a volcanic eruption, as well as a dose of basic background information. (maps, glossary, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
The Fradins cover well-traveled territory here in describing the causes of volcanoes and several of the better known eruptions—but they add an unusual slant by interviewing 20 scientists and eyewitnesses, tucking in brief comments from each. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An excellent and important introduction to a man who went from freedom to slavery and back again. (afterword, time line, online resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Most readers know something about the Underground Railroad, when African Americans went from slavery to freedom, but this volume presents the opposite scenario: the enslavement of thousands of free Northern blacks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"History made immediate and meaningful. (author's note, bibliography, further reading, websites) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
In a collective act of protest and heroism, an Ohio community successfully defied the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1996

"Riveting. (b&w photos, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A clear, well-organized, and highly readable account of a dramatic chapter in US history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An exhilarating companion for the likes of Charlotte Jones's Mistakes That Worked (1991). (photos, source notes) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Developing the theme that paying attention can lead to sometimes revolutionary discoveries, Fradin presents 11 case studies in serendipity, from fossil-hunter Mary Anning and Newton's apple to Jocelyn Bell's discovery of pulsars. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"While Fradin's style here is not as graceful or as fluid as this year's Ida B. Wells (not reviewed), Peter Still's remarkable life should be shared with all young people. (bibliography, graphics credits) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In as carefully plotted description of Peter Still's life as there is for young readers, this biography chronicles his determination to free himself and his family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This is an exhaustive catalog of the author's areas of interest and study; those who share his sensibilities won't mind going along for the ride. (full-color photographs, bibliography, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In a meandering account of almost everything "earthlings" have thought about the Red Planet, Fradin (We Have Conquered Pain, 1996, etc.) explores such topics as the canals on Mars (signs that past inhabitants irrigated their dry planet?), and speculation on its vegetation, rock formations, and fossil microbes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"An adequate introduction to a remarkable 20th-century author. (two folktales, timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
Zora Neale Hurston and her times come alive in this introduction for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Even so, it is moving and enlightening. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
Slavery, "the peculiar institution," was practiced throughout the New World, but Fradin concentrates on the slaves who escaped, and provides, as much as possible, biographies of those who had the courage to face the awful consequences should they have been returned to slavery. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The bibliography will not lead young readers beyond the text, but this volume has much to offer all by itself. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The Constitution celebrated its 217th anniversary on June 21, 2005, and the 39 founders would be delighted that their document has not only endured but has been amended 27 times to make the United States even more democratic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 20, 2004

The Fradins continue to chronicle the brutalities and triumphs of the struggle for civil rights with this hard-hitting account of the stubborn campaign to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Read full book review >