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Featured books by Anita Silvey

Anita Silvey has spent her career working in the field of children's literature. She has worked as a publisher, a critic, a commentator, and a writer of books for young readers. Her voice is authoritative and steeped in experience. Silvey's passion for literature, linking readers to lasting books recognizes its impact on readers. Her enthusiasm and experience are evident whether she writes for adults about books for young readers or books for young readers.

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot

By: Anita Silvey
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Knox was a Boston bookseller in Colonial America who would go on to join the Continental Army and later the young country's first Secretary of War. Silvey presents the "dramatic story of his achievements [which is a…] little-known episode in the history of the American Revolution. Source notes, time line, bibliography, [and] map" are included. (Quoted from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt site)

I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

By: Anita Silvey
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Though they joined the Confederate or Union armies for a variety of reasons, women fought during the Civil War. What they experienced, how they hid their true identities, and the conditions faced by everyone is presented in lucid text and archival material. Thoroughly researched and well documented, this is a little known aspect of women in the Civil War.

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