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Purpose of My Website...
Hi! I am delighted that you have joined me at what I hope will be the "hot books" website for picture books, junior novels and juvenile non-fiction. Included are titles I believe to be among the best of the best.

Enjoy the many activities found in the picture book and novel literature guides and note that these activities can be used with other picture books and novels as well.

I look forward to hearing from you !
Nancy's books available on Amazon and other publishers.

Angel in Fatigues : The Story of Ruby Bradley
Prisoner of war for nearly four years, Lt. Ruby Bradley was one of the few medical personnel to care for more than 6000 prisoners. Here is the story of the most highly decorated woman in the history of the U.S. Army who used her courage and determination to survive and to bring aid and comfort to others.
Available at Amazonand in the Jefferson Barracks MO. Museum Gift Shop.

POW: Angel on Call
Hundreds of American prisoners of war owe their lives to Margaret Utinsky, an American nurse in the Philippines who risked her life again and again to get food and medicine into the prison camps. With the Japanese close on her heels she escaped to the mountains where she became the only medical help available to resistance fighters.
Available at Amazon.

Angels on Board: Heroic Fight Nurses of World War II.
From 1942 to 1945, 1514 flight nurses risked their lives to transport wounded servicemen from the battlefield aid stations to the nearest medical facilities. Only 46 of the more than one million wounded transported died. Here are the exciting, true stories.
Available at Amazon.

The Spy with the Wooden Leg, Alma Little, 2012 Ages 10 and up.
The true story of Virginia Hall who, in World War II, despite a wooden leg, volunteered to drive an ambulance in France, rescued downed airmen, radioed vital informationto the Allies, and led three battalions of French Resistance forces in guerrilla warfare. Winner of the
  • International 2012 Gold Seal MOM'S Award
  • 2012 Silver Medal Moonbeam Award
  • The Midwest Independent Publishers AWARD (two gold medals) BOTH Science and Young Adult Non-Fiction and the silver medal Benjamin Franklin Award

Available at Elva Resa Publishers.

Teacher's Guide (MS Word document format)

Teacher activities
for The Spy with the Wooden Leg.

Petticoat Soldier, Mayhaven Publisherrs, 2012
Based on a true event from the Civil War, a ten year old girl uses her wits and her courage to keep the Danville Academy from being burned by a guerrilla band. Available from Mayhaven Publishers.

Diagnosis Monster! Amazon 2011.(Ages 7-11)
Mix together a boy in the girlsí ward, Rosie, a pint-sized wheel chair general, escaping snakes, secret hiding places, a fire drill, AND the monster that no one has seen but all are sure exists and you are ready to meet the young, lively patients at St. Kitís! Available on Amazon

Gifted or Goof Off Fact and Fiction of the Famous, Pieces of Learning, 2005. All ages.
Texas Legacy Award as the Best Book for Gifted Children of 2005. Published by Pieces of Learning

Caldecott and Newbery Winners
Here is a list of the Caldecott and Newbery Winners.
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The "Best Books" list will be updated frequently to share with you the best of the best!
Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Class.
Lecture notes.
Listing of search resources.
Complete picture book guide: Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Complete novel guide: James and the Giant Peach