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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Author Phillip Hoose’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

In recent years I’ve endeavored to give young readers real-life protagonists their own age. I want my readers to ask themselves, “What would I have done?” I believe that teens experience sharper pangs of injustice than adults, and a greater determination to do something about it. Some, such as Claudette Colvin, have acted with amazing […]

Three nonfiction books

        Bomb: the Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Acclaimed author Jean Fritz, innovator in children’s nonfiction (and biography in particular), has said: “Children don’t need a perfect picture. They need to see what […]

Review of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with 
the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose Intermediate, Middle School, High School Farrar    
148 pp.    7/12    978-0-374-30468-3    $21.99 He’s called “Moonbird” because, over a lifespan of twenty years, he’s flown some 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and almost halfway back. This robin-sized red knot (subspecies rufa), […]

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird: Phillip Hoose’s 2005 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

I’d like to tell you how and why I came to choose the Ivory-billed Woodpecker as the subject for a work of nonfiction. I did it to unite my two careers with one project: I am both an author and a conservationist (next week I will begin my twenty-ninth year as a staff member of […]