Synopses & Reviews
Queen Elizabeth I learned to trust no one. Even before Elizabeth was crowned queen at the age of 25, her mother, Anne Boleyn, had been executed for treason by her father, King Henry VIII. She was then removed from the royal line of succession and later imprisoned in the Tower of London, accused of plotting to overthrow her sister, Queen Mary. Yet despite all the challenges to her power, she became a hero of the Church of England in a century when Catholics and Protestants burned one another at the stake, she spoke five languages in a day when few women were taught to read, and she led a nation where men proclaimed that women had no right to take part in public life. During Elizabeths 45-year reign, English literature, theater, music, and culture flourished. And, after her navy defeated the Spanish armada, Englands military power made the once tiny kingdom into a chief player among Europes nations.
This lively biography of one of Englands greatest monarchs includes a time line, online resources, and 21 activities to offer readers hands-on experiences with life in the Elizabethan Era.
Kids can create costumes for the queens court, including a knights helmet, a neck ruff, and a cloak, play and sing a madrigal, create a 3-D map of an Elizabethan town, stitch a blackwork flower, design a family coat of arms, play a game of Nine Mens Morris, grow a knot garden, and much more.
"Elizabeth I is a towering figure in both British and world history, and this book does a good job of explaining why . . . This well-organized book succeeds at being interesting and scholarly at the same time." School Library Journal
"This attractive entry in the For Kids series offers 21 activities to supplement the text and provide a sense of what Elizabethan England was all about." Kirkus Reviews
“For either individual learners or a classroom setting, the facts and chronology are easy to understand and give a broad picture of not only the Queen but what life was like for all people of England at that time.” —Ohioana Quarterly
"A well-researched and riveting book...Not only do readers gain a healthy respect for each reporter, but they also gain insight into global history. As such, the book reads like a narrative time line of world history, women's rights, and the field of journalism as a whole." —School Library Journal
“Kerrie Logan Hollihan chronicles the lives of women reporters from World War I to the present day in a storytelling mode that illuminates how these women laid the groundwork for feminist movements in the decades succeeding them." —Bitch magazine
"Hollihan's narrative is exciting and sheds light on not only the dangers these women faced, but their struggles to be accepted in a field historically dominated by men." —The Nonfiction Detectives
"With an informative and engaging style, Kerrie Logan Hollihan makes this nonfiction biography read like an exciting adventure." —TeenReads.com
"Add this highly readable book to your collection even if students read only one story.” —Library Media Connection
One of England’s most fascinating monarchs is brought to life in this hands-on study for young minds. Combining projects, pictures, and sidebars with an authoritative biography, children will develop an understanding of the Reformation, Shakespearean England, and how Elizabeth’s 45-year reign set the stage for the English Renaissance and marshaled her country into a chief military power. Providing 21 activities, from singing a madrigal and growing a knot garden to creating a period costumecomplete with a neck ruff and a cloak for the queen’s courtreaders will experience a sliver of life in the Elizabethan age. For those who wish to delve deeper, a time line, online resources, and a reading list are included to aid in further study.
The tremendous struggles women have faced as war correspondents and photojournalists
A profile of 16 courageous women, Reporting Under Fire tells the story of journalists who risked their lives to bring back scoops from the front lines. Each woman—including Sigrid Schultz, who broadcast news via radio from Berlin on the eve of the Second World War; Margaret Bourke-White, who rode with General George Pattons Third Army and brought back the first horrific photos of the Buchenwald concentration camp; and Marguerite Higgins, who typed stories while riding in the front seat of an American jeep that was fleeing the North Korean Army—experiences her own journey, both personally and professionally, and each draws her own conclusions. Yet without exception, these war correspondents share a singular ambition: to answer an inner call driving them to witness war firsthand, and to share what they learn via words or images.
When it started, many thought the Great War would be a great adventure. Yet as those who saw it up close learned, it was anything but. “It’ll Be Great Fun”
traces the stories of eighteen young idealists swept into the brutal conflict, many of whom would go on to become well-known 20th century figures in film, science, politics, literature, and business. Writer J. R. R. Tolkien was a signals officer with the British Expeditionary Force and fought at the Battle of the Somme. Scientist Irène Curie helped her mother Marie run twenty French field hospitals. Actor Buster Keaton left Hollywood after being drafted into the army’s 40th Infantry Division. And all four of Theodore Roosevelt’s sons—Kermit, Archibald, Quentin, and Theodore III—fought in Europe, though one did not return.
With World War I as a backdrop, readers will encounter heroes, cowards, comics, and villains—some famous, but most not—who participated in this life-changing event. Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan uses extensive original material, from letters sent from the front to personal journals, to bring these men and women back to life. And though their stories are a century old, they convey modern, universal themes of love, death, power, greed, courage, hate, fear, family, friendship, and sacrifice.
About the Author
Kerrie Logan Hollihan is the author of Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids, Reporting Under Fire, Rightfully Ours, and Theodore Roosevelt for Kids, and has written for Bird Watcher’s Digest and Boy’s Life.