Sky Boys

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 numerous award-winning children's books, including "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, " winner of the International Reading Association Award, "Girl Wonder, " winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and "Apples to Oregon, " a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for "Under the Quilt for the Night." She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at

James E. Ransome s highly acclaimed illustrations for "Knock, Knock: My Dad s Dream for Me" won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Uncle Jed s Barbershop" by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson s "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt"; "Let My People Go", winner of the NAACP Image Award; and "Satchel Paige, " written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at

Praise For Sky Boys

Kirkus Reviews starred review