The Hero Schliemann (Paperback)

The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy

By Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763665043, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/11/2006)

List Price: 7.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


"Anyone with an interest in archaeology or in liars and braggarts will be drawn in by this slim biography of the hyper-imaginative Schliemann." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

From Newbery Medal-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz comes an engaging illustrated biography of Heinrich Schliemann, a nineteenth-century archaeologist who most believe did find the ancient city of Troy. This engrossing tale paints a portrait of contradictions — a man at once stingy and lavishly generous, a scholar both shrewd and reckless, a speaker of twenty-two languages and a man with a funny habit of taking liberties with the truth. Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd open a discussion about how history sometimes comes to be written, and how it sometimes needs to be changed.
Back matter includes source notes and a bibliography.

About the Author


Praise For The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy

Anyone with an interest in archaeology or in liars and braggarts will be drawn in by this slim biography of the hyperimaginative Schliemann.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

A colorful narrative. . . . Byrd’s detailed drawings extend the dramatic story.

Schlitz's chatty text is frank with the reader about the difficulties of parsing fact from Schliemann's fiction, developing her protagonist. . . . Byrd's wry illustrations match the breeziness of the text and add verve to the whole.
—Kirkus Reviews

Well-written. . . . Should give budding archaeologists plenty to discuss.
—Sacramento Bee

Pictures, timelines and maps make this book even more fascinating and fun.
—Washington Post

In Schlitz’s carefully researched, sophisticated, and far more amusing account, Schliemann’s obsessions and his inability to distinguish fact from fiction bring him into focus as the monomaniac he was.
—Natural History

Simply and in an interesting-to-read manner, tells of the obsessive search of a businessman-turned-archaeologist for the ancient city.
—DIG Magazine

In this lively biography, Schlitz seems to regard her subject with equal parts compassion, exasperation and admiration.
—Washington Parent