We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History
By Phillip Hoose
Current & Digital Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up
YPL Finalists That Year:
- Kate DiCamillo for The Tiger Rising
- Phillip Hoose for We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History
- An Na for A Step from Heaven
- Marilyn Nelson for Carver: A Life in Poems
YPL Winner That Year: Virginia Euwer Wolff for True Believer
Judges That Year: Kay Cassell, Ellen Howard, Beth Kephart, Lisa Clayton Robinson, Jane Resh Thomas
The Year in Literature: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck won the Newbery Medal. Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond won the Printz Award.
- Phillip Hoose said that when he’s deciding what to write about, he looks for voices that “deserve to be heard but haven’t.” After a girl he interviewed for a previous book complained that people her age were totally absent from her U.S. history book and she felt invisible because of this, Phillip spent the next six years writing We Were There, Too: Young People in U.S. History.
- Hoose won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2009 for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.
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