Annal: 1996 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 1996.

Book:Orphan Train Rider

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

Andrea Warren

Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas.

Book:The Boy Who Lived with the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories

The Boy Who Lived with the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories

Joseph Bruchac, Murv Jacob

The Parabola Storytime series is a collection of stories and myths by the leading storytellers of Native American tribes. Originally produced by Parabola magazine in audio format, many of these stories appear here in written form for the first time, with the permission of tribal elders, and are enhanced by artwork authentic to the tradition. These stories evoke the beauty, wisdom, and living spirit of surviving oral traditions. In these six Iroquois tales, animals showcase the best of human emotions and spirit. Buzzard flies to the Creator to bring back clothes for all the birds. Tiny Chipmunk takes on massive and powerful Bear in a challenge to determine whether or not the sun will keep rising. In the title story, a young boy has lost his human family and finds love in the home of the Bears. Wise and foolish, cowardly and brave, animals teach humans how to live better lives, while providing entertainment as well.

Book:Haystack

Haystack

Bonnie Geisert, Arthur Geisert

The haystack was once a familiar sight on the prairie landscape. It was a model of the practical and responsible use of natural resources as well as a symbol of pastoral bounty and of the enduring farming tradition. Through Arthur and Bonnie Geisert’s vision the reader will come to see that a haystack was more than just a simple pile of hay. Arthur’s exquisite colored etchings and Bonnie’s informative text bring to life a fascinating heritage that gave support and sustenance to the variety of needs and functions of a working farm.

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