We Were There Too!

Young people do have stories worth telling

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, It's Our World Too!, We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Young people do have stories worth telling

We could not help but share this letter from the astounding student Erica Eliza Smith. “I just finished reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice for the second time. The first time I read it was back in eighth grade (I’m a junior now) when I was trying to figure out what it meant to be a teenager in a world run by adults. This was the same year I read We Were There, Too! and It’s Our World, Too!  I believe that every book I’ve read has changed my life. But your books have changed my life more than any other book beyond certain religious texts and the books that...

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Hoose Books for Adults or Young Adults?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird, We Were There Too!, Writing Non-Fiction | 1 comment

Hoose Books for Adults or Young Adults?

This Q&A was excerpted from Jeannette Larson’s interview with author Phillip Hoose for BookLinks.  Within the interview, Phil answers the frequently asked question of who his audience is, adult or young adult. BookLinks: Most of your books are published for young people, but the information is so extensive that they’re also perfect for most adults. What makes your books, like Moonbird, for example, a book for children? Phillip Hoose: Well, I don’t write for children. I write for myself; I write for my inner Phil, and that person has no age. I try to write good books for good...

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Duct Tape on My Book Spine

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in We Were There Too! | 0 comments

With the right twang, that blog title could be a country western song.  We saw this great review of We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S History on Amazon and could not help belting it out. “My copy has been read so often that the spine had to be taped. For years, every time I needed history to write about, I went to this book. 7th grade project to research a lesser-known Latino historical figure? Jessica Govea. 8th grade historical figure painting project? Harriet Hanson. A paper about the civil war with an original topic? Five pages on Dick King and Billy Bates. Wonderfully...

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Pilgrim Children Gave Parents “Great Greefe”

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in We Were There Too! | 1 comment

“many of the [English children]…were drawn away by evil examples into extravagant and dangerous courses…to thee great greefe of their parents and dishonour of god.” –William Bradford In celebration of Thanksgiving, author Phillip Hoose spoke to his local public radio station, MPBN, about the Pilgrim’s motivation to leave their adopted Holland because of their worry that their young people were on “extravagant and dangerous courses.”  Rebellious Pilgrim kids?? Not your common view of the holiday. Listen here to Phil’s MPBN talk or revisit...

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Phillip Hoose on AdLit.org

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Phillip Hoose talks about the inspiration for Its Our World Too! and We Were There Too! with the grand folks at AdLit.org.

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Freedom Project

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Pleased that Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice and We Were There Too: Young People in U.S. History are included in the University of Delaware’s Freedom Project: Teaching American History program this year.  Phil Hoose will be speaking to educators there on July 26, 2011. The goals of the TAH Freedom Project are (1) increased teacher knowledge of American history content and standards, (2) improved instruction in the area of American history, and (3) increased student achievement in the area of American history.  Fine goals,...

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