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Russell Freedman (1929-2018)

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We were sad to learn that Russell Freedman passed away earlier this week. The prolific nonfiction author — winner of the 1988  Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography — wrote over sixty books, beginning with Teenagers Who Made History and including Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor; Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery (winner of the 1994 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award); Give Me Liberty!: The Story of the Declaration of Independence; Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; and 2016’s We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler and Vietnam: A History of the War. Freeman won the 1998 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

Read Roger Sutton’s interview with Freedman from the November/December 2002 Horn Book Magazine and “Changing Times” by the author.

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