Make Way for Sam Houston

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Perfection Learning Corporation, Jul 1, 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 109 pages
3 Reviews
Colorful Sam Houston leaps to life in 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. An ALA Notable Book, "Booklist" Editors' Choice, and a "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.

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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

Well written historical fiction. This would be a good read for any Texas history class or as a supplement to American history. It gives another insight as to how the southerners were torn over secession and how politics can be a fickle wife. Read full review

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User Review  - Ginger - Goodreads

I love Texas history. I am revisiting this book with my granddaughters. Sam Houston was such a colorful character and had such an interesting life. I think it is good to understand that our "heros ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Jean Fritz was born on November 16, 1915 in Hankow, China. The only child of missionary parents, she lived in a French compound, attended a British school,and spoke fluent Chinese. She received her A. B. degree in 1937 from Wheaton College and also studied at Columbia University. Fritz has worked as a research assistant, a children's librarian from 1937 to 1941, a teacher for the Board of Cooperative Educational Service, a lecturer, and faculty member at Appalachian State University, from 1980-1982. She also founded the Jean Fritz Writer's Workshops and taught writing from 1961 to 1969. Fritz published her first book, Bunny Hopewell's First Spring, in 1954. Fritz was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association, and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work. Other awards include Outstanding Pennsylvania Author, 1978; Honor Award for Nonfiction, Washington, D.C. Children's Book Guild, 1978-1979; Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book Award, 1980, for Stonewall; American Book Award nomination, 1981, for Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold; Child Study Award and Christopher Award, both 1982; Newbery Honor Book Award, American Book Award and Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book Award, all 1983, for Homesick: My Own Story; Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Award, 1984, for The Double Life of Pocahontas; and Regina Award, 1985.

Elise Primavera has, like Ivy, suffered her fair share of jinxes in life and has found it helpful, like Cat, to consult the I Ching before making any important decisions. She often feels, like Pru, that the safest place in this danger-filled world is under a quilt with a good book. As Franny dreams of doing, she has made her mark in the world--but as a writer and illustrator of children's books and not as an explorer in the mold of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Among her many books are the national bestselling Auntie Claus and its sequel. This is her first novel, but it won't be her last, because like Hieronymus Gumm, she always likes to have the last word and is hard at work on another book about the Gumm Street Girls.

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