Search Results: "Milton Meltzer"


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MILTON by Anna Beer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A well-researched, graceful account of the life of a literary giant."
Rich, often laudatory biography of the creator of Paradise Lost. Read full book review >

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TOUGH TIMES by Milton Meltzer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Though character development is secondary to the history presented, the fast-paced plot and the history brought to life will make this a memorable story for its audience. (Fiction. 10+)"
In the 1932 Bonus March, 20,000 World War I veterans converged on Washington, D.C., demanding the cash bonus Congress had promised back in 1924. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An extensive bibliography, photo credits, and index increase its usefulness for student reports. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In his usual meticulous fashion, Meltzer (Piracy and Plunder, below, etc.) explores the many facets of detective work, from the historical perspective to the contemporary sleuthing of the detective on the street and the laboratory scientist. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING POTATO by Milton Meltzer
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

Meltzer's long subtitle—"A Story in Which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, Wars, Famines, Immigrants, and French Fries All Play a Part"—suggests the range of his latest fascinating exploration of social history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1988

"A straightforward, engaging account of the early years of a wise, humane writer and person."
A social historian who has produced many excellent books for young people—including Rescue (above), Never to Forget(on the Holocaust), books on various ethnic groups and the immigrant experience, books reflecting social concerns, and several biographies—describes his first 17 years as a second-generation American. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN RIGHTS BOOK by Milton Meltzer
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1979

"With texts of several human fights documents appended, a valuable resource."
With the strength and specificity that is missing from the Loeschers' Human Rights (p. 333, J-43), Meltzer takes a sober look at human rights violations in today's world. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"A well made introduction for those who need a bridge to the standard works Meltzer introduces."
This survey of Eastern European Jewry was prompted by Meltzer's desire to investigate the background his immigrant parents never talked about. Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND MAN by Milton Meltzer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1972

"Jeff's accidental first encounter with a runaway, his subsequent dangerous and dramatic rescue missions, his years as a specially marked prisoner are thus true in both historical and fictional terms — and though it's the former aspect that provides the chief interest here, the two are smoothly meshed and discreetly balanced."
Jeff Bowen's story is based on the "fragmentary and forgotten memoirs" of a Northern farm boy, briefly a preacher, who was later imprisoned for helping slaves escape from Kentucky. Read full book review >

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"Though he lists remedies available to ordinary citizens, when corporate executives steal apple juice from babies it's hard not to be distrustful."
Noted social historian/author Meltzer tackles an overwhelming task describing today's broad range of criminal behavior. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Black-and-white photographs add a visual side, but most effective is a calendar detailing each separate step toward freedom during this time period. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An accessible and vivid outline of the events that led to changes in civil rights in the US from 1940 through 1968. Read full book review >

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COLUMBUS AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1990

"The many historical illustrations and maps are less well captioned and reproduced than those in the Levinson biography (above), but the more abundant and specific detail here—as well as Meltzer's unique blend of clarity, wisdom, and compassion—makes this the better of two fine books."
Meltzer, a recent Jane Addams Book Award honoree who has made a specialty of social history for young people, presents the hero of 1492 as a persuasive visionary, a gifted navigator—and a disastrous administrator who was typical of his time in his callous exploitation of native people. Read full book review >

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THE CHINESE AMERICANS by Milton Meltzer
Released: Oct. 1, 1981

"Written for easy assimilation, but with no loss of impact and a contained indignation that gives it an edge over other entries at this level."
The next thing to slave labor, Chinese workers were imported by the thousands to build the Western end of the transcontinental railroad. Read full book review >