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Mid-Atlantic/Northeastern

Children (Ages 2 to 7)

Jo MacDonald Nature series by Mary Quattlebaum, illus. by Laura J. Bryant. Playful science, ages 1-7. Children learn about the wild animals and plants of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states in three eco-friendly books--Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond, Jo MacDonald Had a Garden, and Jo MacDonald Walked the Woods (forthcoming). Connects with core standards on preschool/elementary science; includes educational back matter for parents and teachers. (National Parenting Publications Gold Award, SIBA Picture Book Award) [Dawn 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively; ISBN pbk. 978-1-58469-151-8 and 978-1-58469-165-5, each $8.95]

New York

Children (Ages 2 to 7)

New York, New York, The Big Apple from A to Z, by Laura Krauss Melmed, illus. by Frané Lessac. Non-fiction, 4-9.  Lively, informative verse and fascinating details about the many neighborhoods and historic places of New York are accompanied by Lessac's vibrant folk-art paintings. [HarperCollins 2005; ISBN 0-06-054874-6 $16.99]

Older Readers (Ages 8 and up)

Jerry on the Line by Brenda Seabrooke, Fiction, ages 6-9. A latchkey kid, Jerry loves playing soccer with his friends on a vacant lot in New York City until his game is complicated by a little girl who is afraid of bears. Shortlisted for Sequoia, Maryland and West Virginia Awards  (An Authors Guild Backinprint.com Edition, iUniverse)

Night Tourist, The by Katherine Marsh. Fiction, ages 10 and up. Jack finds a secret entrance beneath Grand Central Terminal to the Greek mythological underworld, where he befriends a girl with a complicated past. (Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.) [Hyperion Books for Children 2007; ISBN pbk. 978-142310690-6 $6.99]

Prisoner for Liberty by Marty Rhodes Figley, illus. by Craig Orback.  Historical Fiction, grades 2-4. Celebrates the bravery of Pennsylvanian James Forten, an African-American teen who survives incarceration on the Infamous prison-ship Jersey, docked in Brooklyn Harbor, during the Revolutionary War. [Millbrook Press, 2008; ISBN pbk. 0-8225-9022-0 $6.95]

Prison-Ship Adventures of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive, The, by Marty Rhodes Figley, illus. by Ted Hammond, Richard Pimentel Carbajal.  Graphic Novel, grades 3-5.  Celebrates the bravery of Pennsylvanian James Forten, an African-American teen who survives incarceration on the Infamous prison-ship Jersey, docked in Brooklyn Harbor, during the Revolutionary War. [Graphic Universe 2011; ISBN pbk. 0-7613-7075-7 $9.95]

Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, by Mary E. Lyons, ages 11-14. Biography. Illustrated with Pippin's paintings, this biography relates his childhood in Goshen, New York, and traces his life through autobiographical works he created while living in West Chester, Pennsylvania, after he was wounded in World War I. (National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Elementary Award) [Scribner, 1993; ISBN 0-684-19534-8]

Twilight Prisoner, The, by Katherine Marsh. Fiction, ages 10 and up. More adventures with Jack and his friends in the mythological underworld beneath Manhattan. A sequel to The Night Tourist. [Hyperion Books for Children 2009; ISBN 978-142310694-4 $7.20]

Pennsylvania

Older Readers (Ages 8 and up)

Ghosts of Laurelford, The, by Margaret Meacham. YA. This historical mystery is set in the Laurel Mountains in Pennsylvania in 1919, and is the story of sixteen-year-old suffragette Lacey Gillespie. When Lacey accompanies her grandfather, a retired detective, to the Laurelford Mansion, she meets a young Mademoiselle Matilde, a young medium, and is drawn into a decades-old mystery that surrounds the mansion and threatens to resurface. Sunbury Press, 2012

Not Exactly Nashville by Betsy Kuhn.  Fiction, Grades 2-6.  Ellen and Valery spend summer in small-town Pennsylvania plotting their fledgling country music careers.  [Delacorte Press, 1998, ISBN: 0385325894]

Poison Place, The by Mary E. Lyons.  11-14. Fiction. Set in Philadelphia in what is now Independence Hall, this historical novel is based on the life of Moses Williams, the first African-American professional artist in the United States. (New York Public Library, Best Books for the Teen Age) [Aladdin pbk, 1999. ISBN: 0-689-82678-8]

Saving the Liberty Bell by Marty Rhodes Figley, illus. by Kevin Lepp. Historical Fiction, grades 2-4. Dramatic narrative tells how 11-year-old Johnny Mickley and his father save the Liberty Bell from destruction by the British during the Revolutionary War. [Carolrhoda, 2005; ISBN pbk. 1-57505-696-8 $6.99]

Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation by Jacqueline Jules. Unite or Die traces the challenges, conflicts, and compromises during the Constitutional Convention at Independence Hall in Philadelphia that shaped the living document we call the United States Constitution. (Library of Virginia Cardozo Award) [Charlesbridge 2009; ISBN pbk. 978-1-58089-190-5 $7.95]

Who Was William Penn?: And Other Questions About the Founding of Pennsylvania by Marty Rhodes Figley.  Nonfiction, grades 4-6. Discover the facts about the beginnings of Pennsylvania and learn about its importance to what later became the U.S. government.  [Lerner 2012, ISBN pbk. 0-7613-5328-3 $9.95]

See also The Prison-Ship Adventures of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive, by Marty Rhodes Figley, illus. by Ted Hammond and Richard Pimentel Carbajal; Prisoner for Liberty, by Marty Rhodes Figley, illus. by Craig Orback; and Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, by Mary E. Lyons (also in NEW  YORK).

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