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Steve Sheinkin


Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD --- AND STEAL --- THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Books by Steve Sheinkin

by Steve Sheinkin - Biography, History, Sports, Young Adult 12+

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

by Steve Sheinkin - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

In October of 1775, Secret Service agents raid the workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. When Boyd is arrested, members of his counterfeiting ring gather to discuss a plan to get him out of jail. Their plan: to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln and demand Boyd's release as ransome. Will it work?

by Steve Sheinkin - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.


by Steve Sheinkin - Children's Nonfiction
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors and critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks. 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions changed. This is a fascinating story of prejudice against black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II.
by Steve Sheinkin - Children's, History

Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, The Pentagon Papers revealed a pattern of deception spanning over 20 years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. A provocative book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, MOST DANGEROUS explores the man who revealed it all.

written by Steve Sheinkin with illustrations by Tim Robinson - Education, History, Young Adult 10+

Steve Sheinkin unravels the complicated string of events --- the small things, the personal ones, the big issues --- that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America's very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.

written by Steve Sheinkin with illustrations by Tim Robinson - Education, History, Young Adult 10+

This book is full of utterly interesting, anecdotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle "naked as they were born"); close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals ("If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston" --- George Washington) and action. 

by Steve Sheinkin

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven