• Nonfiction

    They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, Houghton Mifflin Books 2010.

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    a YALSA Excellence in NonFiction Finalist

    Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow, Scholastic 2005

    Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Horn Book, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal.

    Winner: Newbery Honor, Sibert Honor, Orbis PIctus Honor, Parent’s Gold Choice Award, Sydney Taylor Notable, Pennsylvania Carolyn Field Award

    Other Awards and Recognition: Junior Library Guild selection, IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, Kirkus Editors’ Choice, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book List Editor’s Choice, Horn Book Fanfare, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, ALA Notable Children’s Book, VOYA Nonfiction Honor

    Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, Houghton Mifflin 2001.

    Booklist and School Library Journal.

    Winner: Sibert Award, Orbis PIctus Award, Golden Kite for Nonfiction, Pennsylvania Carolyn Field Award

    Other Awards and Recognition: ALA Notable Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, NCSS Notable Trade Book for Young People, New York Public LIbrary Books for the Teen Age
    Kids on Strike!, Houghton Mifflin 1999.

    Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal
    Winner: Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, Pennsylvania Carolyn Field Honor Award

    Other Awards and Recognition: School Library Journal Best Books of 1999, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, NCTE Recommended Title, New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, Jefferson Cup Recommended Title

    Growing Up in Coal Country, Houghton Mifflin 1996.

    Horn Book, Booklist, and School Library Journal.

    Winner: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, Pennsylvania Carolyn Field Award, Parent’s Gold Choice Award

    Other Awards and Recognition: ALA Book of Distinction, ALA Notable, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Editor’s Choice, NCTE Recommended Title, Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies