Sky Boys

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Sky Boys

How They Built the Empire State Building

By Deborah Hopkinson; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780375865411, 48pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012


The unbeatable team of Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome present a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be. Join a young boy as he watches the Empire State Building being constructed from scratch, then travels to the top to look down on all of New York City in 1931. Hopkinson, a master of historical fiction, and Ransome, an award-winning illustrator, dazzle us with this ALA Notable and a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor Book.

About the Author
DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the author of "Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, " an ALA Notable Book and a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award, and "Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, " illustrated by John Hendrix, an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her most recent book is "A Boy Called Dickens." Her many other acclaimed titles include ALA Notable "Apples to Oregon, Under the Quilt of Night, " and "Fannie in the Kitchen.

"JAMES E. RANSOME is the illustrator of many titles, including "Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George; Young Pele: Soccer's First Star, " a finalist for the NAACP Image Awards; "Satchel Paige; "and "Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist." He is also the illustrator of "Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building" by Deborah Hopkinson, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award and an ALA Notable Book; "Creation, " which won a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration; and "Let My People Go" by Patricia C. McKissack, winner of an NAACP Image Award. Visit him at"

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