Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman

by Susan P. Bloom, Cathryn M. Mercier
     
 

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The author of more than 50 informational books for young people, Freedman has received every major award in the field, including the Newbery, the Robert F. Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. Through interviews with Freedman, this book speaks about his process as a writer of nonfiction, discussing how he chooses subjects and how he views research as a… See more details below

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The author of more than 50 informational books for young people, Freedman has received every major award in the field, including the Newbery, the Robert F. Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. Through interviews with Freedman, this book speaks about his process as a writer of nonfiction, discussing how he chooses subjects and how he views research as a process of discovery. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this storyteller who writes about the stories that compel him and invites his readers to share his interest.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Panter
All aspects of Russell Freedman's nonfiction writing are evaluated in this dense text. Writing a critique of Freedman's writing style, Bloom and Mercier attempt to analyze Freedman's work for clarity and expressiveness by discussing the historical topics that the author has tackled in his illustrious career. Some of Freedman's works are factual biographies whereas others are about historical movements that feature memorable individuals in history. Freedman's works are dissected from his use of phrasing and book length to the physical appearance of pages within his books. Photographs are mentioned frequently demonstrating how Freedman uses images to convey powerful reactions in his readers. More time is spent discussing the significance of Freedman's use of photography than any other area of his authorship. Bloom and Mercier provide a valiant attempt at evaluating Freedman's writing; however, their critiques fall flat and their wording is cumbersome, leaving readers grasping to understand the importance of Freedman's work outside of the extraordinary photography. A section of photographs depicting Russell Freedman's life are found in the middle of the book as if it were a biography of Freedman's personal life, but there are only a few paragraphs about the author himself. An appendix lists the awards Freedman has won, yet this list brings nothing new to the text. This title would only be used by readers working on research projects for high school or college. Readers unfamiliar with the author's work would not find value in the information disseminated in this publication. Reviewer: Laura Panter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810867352
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/26/2009
Series:
Studies in Young Adult Literature
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
182
File size:
1 MB

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