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

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Library Journal Best Books for Young Adults
Washington Post Best Children’s Book 2012

He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because this 4-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon & halfway back…Read More.


Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Winner of the National Book Award
Winner Newbery Honor Book

Robert F. Sibert Award Honor

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to…Read More.


Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was all the World to Me

“There was something special about baseball in the fifties, and Hoose nails it as surely as Larsen mowed down those 27 Dodgers.”  —Booklist, Starred review

In pitch-perfect prose, and with a gift for conveying the fears and dreams of a young boy’s life, Phil Hoose recalls this magical year, when the game of baseball helped him take root in a tough new town. Whether encountering the school bully or a kindly principal, bargaining with his parents, trying to stand in against a fastball…Read More.


We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History

National Book Awards Finalist
PW Best Children’s Books of the Year
ALA Best Books for Young Adults

This unique book is the first to tell the story of the role young people have played in the making of our nation. It brings to life their contributions throughout American history–from the boys who sailed with Columbus to today’s young activists…Read More.


The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Boston Globe – Horn Book Award
Bank Street / Flora Steiglitz Award

The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through 200 years of history…Read More.


Its Our World, Too!: Young People Who Are Making a Difference

Christopher Award Winner
An ALA Notable Book
New York Public Library “Book for the Teen Age”

Both a history and a handbook, this highly inspirational and engaging book will help jump-start readers who yearn to take a stand against injustice or otherwise long to make a difference. A dozen-odd case studies profile children and teens of both sexes from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who had the courage to act on their convictions…Read More.


Hey, Little Ant

Honor Book, Jane Addams Peace Association
Reading Rainbow Book
Scholastic Book Club Selection

Written first as a song by Phillip Hoose and his then 9-year-old daughter, Hannah,  the book is a rhyming dialogue staged beneath an upraised shoe…Read More.


Hoosiers: The Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana

“Of all the books written about high school basketball in Indiana, this is the one that has lasted and will last, for good reason: None better explains the whys and wherefore–the context, culture, and fascinating history behind the hysteria. Read it to better understand Indiana as you would read Friday Night Lights to better understand Texas, or The City Game to better understand Harlem.” –Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated‚ Senior Writer


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  5. Philip… I think I met you years ago at Peoples Music Network… my women’s social group had a “herstory night” .. one member discussed your book on Claudette Colvin two nights ago… great work!
    all the best,
    Sharleen Leahey

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