Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

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Henry Holt & Company
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6.9 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Sally M. Walker is the author of Champion, a JLG selection and one of NCTE's 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Books. She is also the author of ALA Notable Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, the acclaimed picture book Winnie, and Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which was awarded a Sibert Medal. She lives in Illinois.


A JLG Selection
A Finalist for the 2019 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
A 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Book
A 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books
A NCTE's 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018

"A compelling, inspiring true story of a species rescued from extinction through decades of determined innovation." --Kirkus Reviews

"The award-winning nonfiction author brings to light the intriguing story of the beleaguered American chestnut tree . . . . Fascinating and well-sourced." --School Library Journal

Blizzard of Glass

"Riveting." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The well-designed volume clearly depicts the extent of the devastation in both words and photographs. . . . As usual, this author's source notes and use of primary sources serves as a model of nonfiction writing." --Shelf Awareness

"Disasters make for gripping reading, and this account of the huge explosion of a munitions ship and its devastating effects in Halifax Harbor, Canada, in 1917 tells the dramatic history with clear detailed facts." --Booklist

"Halifax does indeed have a story to tell, but Walker once again proves that it's her consummate gifts as a storyteller that breathe life into the tale." --The Horn Book

"This tragic, but well-told story belongs in most collections." --School Library Journal