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When her family moves from Hong Kong to New York, Mei Mei finds it difficult to adjust to school and learn the alien sounds of English.

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How did people escape on the Underground Railroad? What was it like to land on Ellis Island?How did it feel to travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon? Ellen Levine has revealed worldsof fascinating adventure with her nonfiction books for young readers.

Although Ellen Levine enjoys reading and writing fiction, most of her books for young readershave been nonfiction. “Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoylearning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago.”

“Real heroes,” Levine says, “aren't necessarily on TV or in the news. They can be ordinarypeople who are willing to take risks for causes they believe in. Nonfiction offers a way tointroduce young readers to real people who have shown tremendous courage, even when facedwith great danger. All of us have the potential. And one doesn't have to be a grown-up,” sheadds.

When she's not writing, Levine likes to share the excitement of research and the importance ofaccuracy with young readers. “Many young people think research is dull; you go to anencyclopedia, copy information, give it a title, and call it a report.” Using her books asexamples, Ellen explains how to get other, more interesting information. “I may not mention theexact words, but I talk to young people about primary and secondary sources. If I'm speakingwith third graders, I ask them, 'Where would I go if I wanted to find out what it's like to be athird grader?' Most will say, 'Read a book.' But when they say, 'Ask a third grader,' I knowthey've understood what I mean by a primary source of inspiration.”

For If You Were an Animal Doctor, for example, Ellen witnessed an emergency operation on acow. While doing research in Wyoming for Ready, Aim, Fire!, her biography of Annie Oakley,she got to hold the gun Ms. Oakley is believed to have shot in the presence of the Queen ofEngland. “It gave me such a strong feeling about this person,” she says. “That's part of research,too.”

Ellen Levine is the author of many acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among them:If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, I Hate English!, If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, and Secret Missions. Her recent book, Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories, was named one of the Ten Best Children's Books of the Year by The New York Times, and Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.

Steve Bjorkman is the celebrated illustrator of numerous books for children, including Jeff Foxworthy's New York Times bestsellering picture books DIRT ON MY SHIRT and SILLY STREET, as well as EMIILY'S EVERYDAY MANNERS by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, and Jay McGraw's LIFE STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH BULLIES. He lives with his wife in California. SPLIT! SPLAT! is his first book with Scholastic Press.

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M. Abdu, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by M. Abdu)
I hate English for many reasons, at first, English is difficult to be learned. Most of us feel desperate to study by reason of the sound and spelling are not the same. next, English is unfair language, we can not create by ourselves new words. That is all thanks for asking comment.
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ISBN:
9780590423045
ill.:
Bjèorkman, Steve,
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Bjorkman, Steve
Author:
Levine, Ellen
Author:
Bjorkman, Steve
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Ethnic - General
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
People & Places - General
Subject:
Ethnic - Asian American
Subject:
English language -- Fiction.
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19950901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in
Age Level:
006

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