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Cyrus Field's Big Dream book cover
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Cyrus Field's Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Publishing House, 2018


     Cyrus Field was determined to create instant communication between North America and Europe. He met danger and numerous setbacks, but his perseverance resulted in one of the greatest achievements of the nineteenth century. The 1866 transatlantic telegraph cable changed communication forever. 
 

"An inspiring portrait of a man with a dream and his steadfast determination to achieve it.
Kirkus Reviews
         a "rousing good story"
For ages 10 to adult

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Captain Mac book cover
Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer


Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Publishing House, 2010


The adventurous life story of a man who explored and researched the Arctic and Subarctic and its peoples for nearly 50 years.
 

Winner of  National Outdoor Book Award and other honors.


 One reader said, "...you feel like you are sledging alongside Captain Mac as he explores the Arctic.

For ages 10 to adult

 
Timberrr book cover
Timberrr…A History of Logging in New England
Millbrook Press, 2003 (Lerner Publishing Group)


This book vividly describes logging history and methods from colonial times to the development of modern forestry. Eleven fictional vignettes portray the day-to-day life of woods workers. The book concludes with thought-provoking issues about the future of our forests.

   For ages 10 to adult 

Winner of a 1999 work-in-progress grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

A Lupine Award Honor Book


 
Ice Country book cover Ice Country: One Boy's Adventure in the Arctic with Commander Donald MacMillan
Cricketfield Press. Imprint of Picton Press, 1995
Softcover, 1997


     A historical novel of a fifteen-year-old boy who joins the crew of an Arctic expedition in the summer of 1950.

For ages 9 to 14

 
We Will Vote book cover
Women’s Suffrage: “We Will Vote”
Readers' Theater: Exploring History Through Plays, 2019. 
[Reprinted from Cobblestone magazine]


In 1848, women began fighting for the right to vote. This play focuses on the Seneca Falls convention, and includes a cast of several important historical people—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and more. The book includes stage directions, making it easy for schools and youth groups to perform the play.

For grades 4-8
          Single copies or 6-packs can be purchased from Rosen Publishing
          Single copies are also available on Amazon

 
A Cool Inventor book cover
A “Cool” Inventor: Frederick McKinley Jones Invents Refrigeration
Readers' Theater: Exploring History Through Plays, 2019
[Reprinted from Cobblestone magazine]


Frederick McKinley Jones invented air-cooling units for trucks. This kept food and medicine from spoiling during transportation. The book includes stage directions, making it easy for schools and youth groups to perform the play.

For grades 4-8


          Single copies or 6-packs can be purchased from Rosen Publishing
          Single copies are also available on Amazon.


 
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