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.

More Information: 

  • 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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