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Patricia Lauber is the highly acclaimed author of, among others, Volcano, a Newbery Honor Book, and Flood, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her fascination with horses began in childhood, when she loved to read about them. She learned to ride, and at the age of twelve spent a memorable summer on a ranch in New Mexico. Patricia Lauber lives with her husband in New Canaan, Connecticut. Rosalyn Schanzer has written and illustrated several outstanding children's books, including her How We Crossed the West, which received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and, most recently, Gold Fever! As a child, she always enjoyed reading stories about horses. By the time the artist was twelve years old, she'd read all of the Black Stallion books, by Walter Farley; then she studied the muscle structures of horses so that she could draw them herself. Rosalyn Schanzer lives with her husband, Steve, their children, Adam and Kim, and their family dog, Jones, in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Patricia Lauber and Rosalyn Schanzer recently collaborated on The True-or-False Book of Cats, which School Library Journal called "A delightful look at the behavior of these popular pets ... A book that will frequently stray from the shelf."


Gr 5 Up-How could a court of law order the deaths of more than 20 innocent people? The 17th-century Salem witch trials are recounted in Rosalyn Schanzer's book (National Geographic, 2011) that perfectly captures the chilling events. When two young girls-Betty Parris, 9, and her cousin, 11-year-old Abigail, began contorting into strange postures, throwing things, and shrieking that they were being pinched, the people of Salem, MA, accused them of witchcraft, a crime punishable by death by hanging. As the trials continued, the accusers grew in number and their testimony became more and more powerful. Schanzer's account of these events relies heavily on the facts. She includes court testimonies and straightforward summations by the major players. Jessica Almasy's fast-paced narration is energetic, precise, and emotive. When reading court records, she alters her voice so listeners always know who is speaking. Be sure to have the award-winning book available so listeners can peruse Schanzer's evocative black-and-white ink prints with red accents.-Allison Bruce, The Children's Storefront, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"My son loves these books. We started reading National Geographic Kids books when he was about six (he's nine now) and I can honestly say that these books have been instrumental in teaching him to read." - Consumer

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