Colorful Sam Houston leaps to life in the pages of this fresh and funny biography, set against the story of Texas's fight for independence from Mexico.'Lively, readable, and solidly researched, this is the kind of biography every child needs.' Booklist, starred review 'Jean Fritz has done it again.'Her writing turns this larger-than-life character into a very real person.' School Library Journal, starred review 'Young readers will find the book fast-paced and fact-packed.' The New York Times Book ReviewJean Fritz lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.32(d)|
|Lexile:||1010L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history. She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
She passed away on May 14, 2017.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sam Houston was a man, bigger than life, who lived with a bravado that still resonates today. Born in 1793 in Virginia, his family soon moved to the wilds of Tennessee. His father was in the militia and with four older brothers, Sam soon had military heroes to inspire him. Not cut out for farm life, he ran away and lived with the Cherokees for three years-an experience that would mold his later years. Sam then began a military/political career that spanned many years, and that included fighting Indians as well as being their sponsor/champion, and forging the state of Texas. Sam Houston was prone to flamboyant costumes and behavior, which makes his story even more interesting. All in all, a very entertaining and informative biography.