Book Award 2003
Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
by James Cross Giblin YA 921 HITLER, A., Gib
Giblin poses and answers three questions in this compelling, accessible
account of Hitler, his world and his legacy. “What sort
of man could plan and carry out such horrendous schemes, win support for his
deadly ventures and why did no one stop him until it was almost too late?” .
true master of storytelling, Giblin demonstrates that Hitler was a more complex
person than most textbooks portray,” states Chair Sue McCleaf Nespeca. “An
engrossing and absorbing text, this work sets the standard for biographies for
Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal YA
juvenile book debut is a grippingly written account of the chaotic events
preceding the 1929 stock market crash. Using numerous primary sources, the text
is enhanced with photographs, editorial cartoons and sidebars explaining terms
such as stocks and bonds and the Dow Jones Average.
in My Life by Jack
Gantos YA 921 GANTOS, J., Gan
courageously recounts his turbulent youth and young adulthood in this powerful
and heart wrenching memoir. He weaves literary quotes and allusions in superb
text to echo the impact of the printed word on his life. The arresting book
design mirrors his graphic prison experience and compelling vignettes engage the
by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Greenberg and Jordan capture Jackson Pollack’s spirit and artistic style
narrative and purposeful words in “Action Jackson.” Detailed source notes
enrich this informational picture book, which superbly portrays a brief period
in Pollack’s life. Parker’s watercolor illustrations splash out of their
frames, reflecting the action and movement for which Pollack is renowned.
by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick j 921 ANDERSON, M.,
gloriously designed and thoughtfully researched book, “When Marian Sang,”
encapsulates the life of famed African American contralto Marian Anderson.
Ryan’s vibrant text melds perfectly with Selznick’s sepia toned
illustrations to portray Anderson’s passion for singing and her perseverance
in overcoming the barriers to train and perform because of her race.