Annal: 2001 Golden Kite Nonfiction Award

Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 2001.

Book:Black Potatoes

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.

Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. It's the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, it's also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.

Book:John and Abigail Adams

John and Abigail Adams

Judith St. George

The partnership between John Adams, the second president of the United States, and his wife, Abigail, well known for speaking out on women's rights, is one of the most famous in American history.

John's lifelong involvement in American public life included service in the Continental Congress, an ambassadorship to England, and election as the second president of the United States. Abigail fiercely supported the American Revolution and the young country it created - as well as her husband's ambitious career. But while they were as drawn to each other as "steel and the magnet," they also went through the trials of extended separation. During these times, they relied on letters to keep their bond alive. With depth and insight, Judith St. George explores two of the founders of our nation.

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