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"Fritz draws readers into scenes of her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. . . . the generous affection of her nurse/companion . . . her mother's grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of asuffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child's exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen".--Booklist, starred review. Newbery Medal Honor Book; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book.

About the Author

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."

In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.

An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399209338
ill.:
Tomes, Margot
Author:
Tomes, Margot
Author:
Fritz, Jean
Author:
Tomes, Margot
Publisher:
Putnam Juvenile
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
China
Subject:
Loneliness
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Historical - Asia
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
China Fiction.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fritz, Jean - Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
146
Publication Date:
19821008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.79x5.82x.70 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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