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Risked All and Lost Much

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Risked All and Lost Much

The Wall Street Journal opens a review of The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose by contrasting the nonfiction story to popular dystopian literature for teens… “Dystopian fiction abounds with defiant adolescents who dare to resist tyranny and seek to spark insurrection when all around them, even the adults, have been cowed. Noble as such heroes may be, in the end their exploits are only words on a page. It was not so for the intrepid Danish schoolboys who engaged in a campaign of sabotage against their Nazi occupiers in...

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Koo and the Dalai Lama Consider the Ant

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Koo and the Dalai Lama Consider the Ant

Recently, I was shown this page from Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press). The image and haiku are very sweet, and true. I remember that feeling when I killed bugs, accidentally mainly, as a kid.  Those very same feelings led my daughter Hannah Hoose and I to write our picture book, Hey, Little Ant. It also reminds me of what Richard Gere said when asked how to raise a Buddha baby. “‘Teach them to respect insects.’  That is what the the Dalai Lama said. If they can learn to love something that to...

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The Morality of Boy Saboteurs

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

The Morality of Boy Saboteurs

“If ever a story raised questions about moral behavior, this is it. Was it right to steal guns belonging to Nazi soldiers? Was it right to destroy cars and buildings used by Nazi occupiers? These kids ended up in jail. They suffered terribly. Yet, their actions sparked a larger resistance effort in Denmark.  If ever a book narrated history focused on the actions of kids, this is it.” —The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for...

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Teachers Guide to Boys Who Challenged…

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Teachers Guide to Boys Who Challenged…

Phillip Hoose dedicates his book to “young people everywhere who find the courage to make up their own minds.” Keeping in mind this quotation and the cover of the book, imagine how the members of the Churchill Club may have used courage in their struggles.  Big thanks to the School & Library folks at Macmillan Children’s Book Publishing Group for the Teacher’s Guide & Discussion Questions for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. What questions do YOU...

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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...

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Moonbird Seen in Tierra del Fuego

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 2 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...

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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,...

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