When I was growing up, the lives of colonial Americans fascinated me. As my family visited places such as Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Valley Forge, I often imagined what it was like to live back then. I wondered what the people were like—how they looked and what activities they did.
Written in Bone tells the stories of eight colonists—their lives, deaths, and their place in our country’s history. Even though these people left little or no written record of their live, archaeologists and forensic anthropologists have learning about their lives by reading and revealing the stories that life and death have written in their bones. From these tales I discovered how truly tough life was in those days and gained great respect and admiration for the many different peoples whose sacrifices ultimately led to the birth of the United States. I have tried to capture the remarkable stories of these people in Written in Bone.
Awards and Honors:
• American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book
• Young Adult Library Services Association
Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (YALSA) Award Finalist
• ALA/YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
• Benjamin Franklin Award 2010 winner
• A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
• National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award
for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Recommended Book
• National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) / Children's Book Council (CBC)
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
• National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books
• Society of School Librarians International 2009 Honor Book – Social Studies
• School Library Journal Best Book
• Science Books & Films Best Books * Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2010 list
• Cybils Finalist
• Moonbeam Children's Book Award - Bronze Medal
• Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List • Tayshas Reading List
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ISBN 9780822571353 hc; 9781441885340 audio Carolrhoda Books