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The Century That Was: Reflections On The Last One Hundred Years

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This lively, provocative, and diverse collection of essays by eleven stellar children's authors explores the "road we've traveled" as Americans in the twentieth century. Each author has written on a subject he or she was eager to explore, resulting in a unique testimony not only to a century, but to the talents and interests of these outstanding writers who have changed th ...more
Published May 1st 2000 by Atheneum Books
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Giblin (The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones) assembles an impressive collection of children's authors to put into context many of the major accomplishments, setbacks and changes that have occurred over the 20th century. The 11 essays show tremendous range in voice and scope. Walter Dean Myers's essay on the civil rights movement, Penny Colman's piece on emerging roles and rights for women, and Laurence Pringle's discussion of environmental conservation spotlight strong leaders
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This was an interesting read--great for picking up and putting down at my leisure. Some of the essays were truly phenomenal and others were just so-so. I guess that's to be expected in this sort of compilation.
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(July 8, 1933 - April 10, 2016)

Born on July 8th, James Cross Giblin was, in his own words, "shy, bookish, and a little spoiled." He loved comic books and drew his own comic strips. Giblin worked on his school newspapers and wrote a play while he was at Western Reserve University. That play, My Bus Was Always Late, was published in 1954. He worked hard at writing plays, but disappointment followed.