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Jennifer Armstrong

“Why do I write historical fiction? Johnny Tremain, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Island of the Blue Dolphins—that’s why. I'll never forget how it felt to read those books. I want to write books with the same power to transport readers into another time and place.”—Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.
Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author... Read More

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The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History
Written by Jennifer Armstrong, Illustrated by Roger Roth
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | August 2006
$34.99/41.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-81256-9 (0-375-81256-3)

American history comes alive in these 100 true stories that define our country.
This magnificent treasury tells the story of America through 100 true tales. Some are tales of triumph—the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the Wright brothers taking to the air, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Some... Read more

Black-Eyed Susan
Written by Jennifer Armstrong
Yearling | Trade Paperback | August 1997
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88556-6 (0-679-88556-0)

A lyrical novel about a day in the life of a young pioneer girl growing up on the Dakota prairie is now available in a Knopf Paperback edition. This widely praised and beautifully crafted tale deftly evokes the vast expanse of the American West, the hardships faced by pioneer families, and... Read more

Written by Jennifer Armstrong
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | November 2003
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-23765-5 (0-440-23765-3)

As bullets ring and bombs are dropped, children watch—mostly from the sidelines, but occasionally in the direct line of fire. Unaware of the political issues or power struggles behind the battle, all they know are the human, emotional consequences of this thing called war. This collection examines all of war’s implications... Read more

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
Written by Jennifer Armstrong
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$12.99/15.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-81049-7 (0-375-81049-8)

The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance... Read more

The Snowball
Written by Jennifer Armstrong, Illustrated by Jean Pidgeon
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | November 1996
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-86444-8 (0-679-86444-X)

Illustrated in full color. Watch out below! Here comes a giant snowball tumbling down a hill, picking up everything--and everybody--in its path!   Read more

Sunshine, Moonshine
Written by Jennifer Armstrong
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-86442-4 (0-679-86442-3)

The sun and the moon shine down on a young boy as he spends a day by the sea. "Sun shines on the mountains, sun shines on the sea. Sun shines on my pillow, and says wake up to me." Read more

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
Written by Irene Gut Opdyke, As told to Jennifer Armstrong
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | September 2004
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-49411-2 (0-553-49411-2)

IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful.”—School Library... Read more