Author: Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman is an American children's author, and is the son of Newbery Medal winner Sid Fleischman.

Works

Book:Breakout

Breakout

Paul Fleischman

Del has spent 17 years bouncing among foster homes. Smart, sharp-tongued, a master mimic, she’s fed up with her world and with being Del. Faking her own death, she leaves both herself and L.A. behind — until her escape lands her in an all-day traffic jam. Fast-forward eight years. It’s opening night for the one-woman play she’s written and is starring in — a show called Breakout, about a Los Angeles traffic jam. Wildly funny, she skewers workaholics, road ragers, pickup artists, and car culture in general. Readers will see what her audience can’t — that the show is a portrait of herself, of her hunger for her mother and her terror of rejection, her free-floating identity and yearning for connection. Flashing between Del’s present and future, Breakout gives us a backstage pass into a young playwright’s psyche, letting us watch her life being transformed into an art, heartache into comedy, solitude into community, and anger gradually giving way to acceptance.

Book:Whirligig

Whirligig

Paul Fleischman

Brent Bishop longs to have the popular Brianna strolling around school on his arm. But when she rejects him at a classmate’s party, Brent’s hopes for popularity are instantly shattered. Devastated, he tries to destroy himself in a car crash…but instead kills an innocent girl named Lea.

Instead of sending him to jail, Lea’s parents challenge Brent to create four whirligigs modeled on a picture of Lea and position them at the four corners of the United States. Lea’s mother hopes that the whirligig that used to delight Lea will be a fitting memorial for her precious daughter. She sends Brent off with an unlimited bus ticket, a few pieces of wood, and the tools to memorialize Lea. On his mission to preserve his victim’s memory, Brent ultimately rediscovers his own love of life.

Book:Bull Run

Bull Run

Paul Fleischman

A black man passing for white so as to fight, an orphan who's found family among horses, a cynical doctor, a slave, a sketch artist... Sixteen characters - 8 northern, 8 southern - describe their experiences in the Civil War's first major engagement. Crossing back and forth across battle lines, the book is told through 60 monologues and is conducive to classroom reader's theater.

Book:Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman

Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous—here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, a companion to I Am Phoenix,Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the “Booming/boisterios/joyful noise” of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows’s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—but an exultant celebration of life.

Book:The Dunderheads

The Dunderheads

Paul Fleischman, David Roberts

Dunderheads, unite! A tyrannical teacher gets her just due in a delightfully subversive, outrageously funny tale by Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman.

Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the time-squandering, mindwandering, doodling, dozing dunderheads in her class. But when she confiscates Junkyard’s crucial fi nd, she fi nally goes too far. Enter Wheels (and his souped-up bike with forty-eight extra gears), Pencil (who can draw anything from memory), Spider (look up and you’ll fi nd him), and their fellow misfi ts in a spectacular display of teamwork aimed at teaching Miss Breakbone a lesson she won’t soon forget. From the incomparable Paul Fleischman comes a winning cast of underdogs—and one of the most terrifying teachers you’ll ever meet—brought to vivid life in David Roberts’s quirky, hilarious illustrations.

Book:Seedfolks

Seedfolks

Paul Fleischman

A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha’s heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil’s dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead.

Thirteen very different voices — old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful — tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

Book:The Borning Room

The Borning Room

Paul Fleischman

It’s a place where life and love begin, and loss is borne.

Mothers give birth in the borning room. The dying take their departure there.

Ouside the Lott family’s Ohio farmhouse, the Civil War rages, slavery falls, and the world marvels at the wonder of electricity. Inside, within the walls of the borning room, Georgina Lott will experience her life’s greatest turnings. Across the years, she discovers womanhood and first love, experiences the mourning that comes with loss, and, as did her mother and grandmother, at last takes her place in the room as another precious life is about to begin.

The borning room is a room that figures large in the life of an Ohio farm girl born in 1851. Through its doorway pass the members of a free thinking family, bearing news of the world beyond the window: talk of runaway slaves, the siege of Vicksburg, seances, chloroform, electricity. In this heartfelt and haunting work, an account of one life, one family, and one room widens into a panoramic view of the human seasons and the procession of generations.

Book:Saturnalia

Saturnalia

Paul Fleischman

“I Want You To Know That My Eye Is Upon You”

It is December 1681, and the words of Mr. Baggot, the tithingman, terrify young William. William is living a strange double life. By day he is a printer’s apprentice living in a white man’s house. By night, he is Weetasket of the Narraganset tribe who must risk Baggot’s wrath to search for his lost brother. Then comes the winter celebration of the Saturnalia—the ancient Roman holiday on which masters and slaves trade roles. Will William’s secret be revealed? And what dark deed of others will be brought to light on this fateful night?

Book:Graven Images

Graven Images

Paul Fleischman

In “The Binnacle Boy,” a ship returns to port with its entire crew inexplicably dead. The only witness to the tragedy is the ship’s life-sized carving of a sailor boy. Can a wooden statue unmask the killer? In “St. Crispin’s Follower,” set in Charleston, a weather vane defies the wind: when all others point east, this one, fashioned in the likeness of Saint Crispin, faces west. What will become of the love-struck lad who looks to it for guidance? In “The Man of Influence,” Zorelli, a sculptor who immortalizes the great in monuments of stone, is hired by a ghostly figure to create a statue in its likeness. What terrifying secrets will be revealed?

These stories feature Paul Fleischman’s trademark evocative prose and each one ends with a startling surprise.

Book:Path of the Pale Horse

Path of the Pale Horse

Paul Fleischman

Lep, an apprentice to a doctor, helps his master take care of yellow fever victims in Philadelphia during the epidemic of 1793.

Book:The Half-a-Moon Inn

The Half-a-Moon Inn

Paul Fleischman

A twelve-year-old mute boy sets off to find his mother in a blizzard, and becomes the captive of an evil woman in the Half-a-Moon Inn. ‘

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