Happy holidays (and a gift idea)!

Are you buying any of my books to give as a gift this holiday season? If so, thank you! I’d be thrilled to send you a signed bookplate and some book swag for you to include with your gift. Just send an email to laurie@lauriethompson.com with the details (which book, to whom it should be personalized, and Read More …

Review: Three Stars in the Night Sky

THREE STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY by Fern Schumer Chapman Gussie Rose Press/June 6, 2018 Grades 5-8, 56 pages Here’s what the publisher says: At the age of 12, Gerda Katz fled Nazi Germany and came to America all by herself. Decades before the label gained recognition, she became what’s now known as an “unaccompanied Read More …

Review: Votes for Women!

Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling Algonquin Young Readers, February 13, 2018 Grades 8-12, 320 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Votes for Women!: For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when Read More …

Review: Capsized! by Patricia Sutton

Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster by Patricia Sutton Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2018) Grades 5-8, 176 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Capsized!: A fascinating historical account of courage and tragedy on the Chicago River On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, Read More …

Review: EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS

EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS by Patricia Newman Millbrook Press/August 1, 2018 Grades 4-8, 56 pages Here’s what the publisher says: Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species? Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the Read More …