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Churchill Club Earns 3 Stars

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Churchill Club Earns 3 Stars

★ “…Their story is one of bravery in the face of constant danger and of increasingly meaningful acts of sabotage, including stealing weapons and destroying important German assets. How long, the reader wonders, will they be able to elude capture? That question and others are answered in this tale of remarkable bravery and determination. Told in both the author’s voice and that of Knud Pedersen himself (the latter culled from 25 hours of interviews and nearly 1,000 e-mail exchanges), this has a compelling immediacy that is enhanced by a generous collection of black-and-white period photographs. An important and unforgettable book that adds a significant chapter to the history of WWII.” —Booklist, starred review ★ “…As he did in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009), Hoose tells this largely unknown story with passion and clarity, providing exactly the right background information to contextualize events for readers. He makes excellent use of his extensive interviews with Pedersen, quoting him at length and expertly interweaving his words into the narrative to bring it alive. A superbly told, remarkable true story and an excellent addition to stories of civilian resistance in World War II. ” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review ★”Hoose vividly recounts the true story of the courageous and brazen teens who inspired the Danish resistance movement in WWII…this gripping story quickly gathers momentum, and the shifts between narrators flow smoothly…bibliography and source notes conclude this inspiring account.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred...

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Moonbird Seen in Tierra del Fuego

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 3 comments

Moonbird Seen in Tierra del Fuego

“I just found out from Patricia Gonzales that the red knot known as B95—The Moonbird that I wrote a book about—has been sighted recently in Tierra del Fuego! He’s at least 22 years of age now. The next oldest record I found in literature for a Red knot of the Rufa subspecies was 16 yrs 8 mos. His lifetime frequent flyer activity is now greater than the distance between the earth to the moon AND BACK…Maybe he has won a free trip to Saturn. Last year he managed to shed the black band around his right ankle that he had been carrying since the very first shorebird banding effort in Argentina, back in 1995. Moreover the laser inscription’s wearing off the big orange band on his left thigh. Now you can just see the top of the B95. Think about this: This great survivor may outlast our ability to recognize him. There’s something about that I love.” —Phillip...

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Before Rosa Parks: Colvin & Hoose on NPR

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Before Rosa Parks: Colvin & Hoose on NPR

“History had me glued to the seat.” —Claudette Colvin Listen to this beautiful piece produced by Sarah Kate Kramer of Radio Diaries and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered in honor of the 60th anniversary of Claudette Colvin’s refusal to give up her seat in Montgomery, AL. Phillip Hoose, the author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice joins the indomitable Claudette Colvin....

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Claudette Colvin’s Story Shared on NPR’s Radio Diaries

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Claudette Colvin’s Story Shared on NPR’s Radio Diaries

On March 2 at 4:50 or 5:50 PM, 2015, NPR’s All Things Considered  will air a story about Claudette Colvin. The broadcast will reach an audience of approximately 2 million listeners. The story features Phillip Hoose, author of Claudette Colvin, Twice Towards Justice and Claudette Colvin, herself.  The story will also be featured on the award-winning Radio Diaries podcast.

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100 Biographies to Read in a Lifetime

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

100 Biographies to Read in a Lifetime

The Amazon book editors named Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice one of the 100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime.  What fine company Claudette is in. Have a Goodreads account?  You can cast your vote for your favorite biographies, autobiographies  and...

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Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

“The rufa red knot makes another appearance in the Washington Post.   The taxa was declared Federally Threatened under the Endangered Species act last week.  As a result, hero of the book Moonbird is back in the news.  He is an adult male knot known as B95 who has survived so long that scientists have tallied up his lifetime frequent flyer mileage.  They’ve found that he has exceeded the distance between the earth and the moon–and most of the way back! I hope he’s still around.   We last saw him late in May.   If he’s alive, he’s probably in Tierra del Fuego now, and with luck we could soon hear reports of his presence.”  —Phil...

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Ant Goes Vegan

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Ant Goes Vegan

“…if the tables were turned, you wouldn’t want to be squished by a giant, would you? So why should humans be mean to animals smaller than us?” —VegBooks Reader VegBooks names Hey, Little Ant “Best Books for 5-Year-Old Vegan & Vegetarian Kids.” “It can create a lot of dialogue focused around compassion.” —VegBooks...

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Reader Composes Song for Claudette Colvin

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 2 comments

Reader Composes Song for Claudette Colvin

Lillian Cook, you astound us.  This song is great gift to Claudette Colvin and to readers of her story.  We cannot tell you how moved we are. This is an original song created as part of the Jeremy Salvner Memorial Music Competition, which is part of the Youngstown State University English Festival, a three-day celebration of reading and writing. This is the 2014 winner in the Junior High division (grades 7-9): Lillian Cook from the Willow Creek Learning Center. “Turn Your Back on Me” was inspired by Phillip Hoose’s book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, which was one of 7 books that nearly 3,000 students read as part of the 2014 English Festival. (Included some photos of Claudette Colvin and Phillip Hoose’s book. In addition, many of the photos are candid shots from the 2014 English Festival, which featured guest author Jordan Sonnenblick and guest lecturer CJ Bott. The video was designed by Brielle...

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Lord God! A 10th Anniversary Edition

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

Lord God!  A 10th Anniversary Edition

It have been 10 years since the original publication of the award-winning book, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.  Much has happened since including… “[Gene] Sparling was puzzled. Why would anyone look for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Arkansas? Ivory-bills were birds of Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana—the Deep South. For the first time, now a full week after his sighting, Sparling cracked open his old field guide and discovered that Arkansas was part of the Ivory-bill’s historic range. “That hit me hard,” he recalled. “It was then that I realized I actually had seen an Ivory-bill.” The 10th Anniversary Edition features a new chapter about the endlessly debated 2004 Arkansas “rediscovery” of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker that made headlines around the world, an expanded introduction and more than a dozen new images. Most of all, it gives a chance to relive one of the greatest and most gripping environmental stories ever told… The Search Never Ends! Locate a copy...

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17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a final decision by November 28, 2014 on the 2013 proposal to list the rufa red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. During more than 130 days of public comment the Service received more than 17,400 comments on the threatened listing proposal! Some writers wrote supportive form letters, while others raised issues with the adequacy of horseshoe crab management, the impacts of wind turbines, the inclusion of interior states in the range, and other topics. The Fish and Wildlife Service requested an extension so they could read and consider this mountain of commentary. Learn more at...

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