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Awesome ancient ancestors
Levy, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2001]

Physical Description:
156 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 6 Quiz: 25982.
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E77.92 .L48 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The second volume in this history series explores the ancient peoples and civilizations that existed in the Americas. This humorous history book shows readers how these peoples carved spear points, created cities, and built giant earthworks. Illustrations.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Levy was born and grew up in Buffalo, New York. She attended Brown University, majoring in history. After graduation, Levy went to New York City and worked as a researcher for Howard Cosell at ABC-TV and then for Senator Robert Kennedy. She has been writing for nearly thirty years and has written over 80 books.

Levy has won the Georgia State Award, the Maryland State Award and was a Virginia State Award Nominee in 2001 for My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian, she was on the ABA Pick of the Lists in 2000 for Seventh Grade Tango. Levy also appeared in the New York Public Library 100 Best Books of 1997, was an Arkansas State Award, Runner Up in 1992, was Nominated for the Florida Sunshine State Award, the New Mexico, Land of Enchantment Award, and the Nevada Award, for Keep Ms. Sugarman in the Fourth Grade. She earned a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year in 1977 for Struggle and Lose, Struggle and Win: The United Mineworkers Story and an Outstanding Science book for Children from the National Science Teachers Association, for Before You Were Three in 1977.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Elizabeth Levy presents a punchy perspective on the past with two new titles in America's Horrible Histories series, Awesome Ancient Ancestors! and Who Are You Calling a Woolly Mammoth?, both illus. by Daniel McFeeley. Chunky blocks of informative text, timelines, sidebars, cheeky chapter headings ("Hello, People! Good-bye, Mammoths"; "A Huntin' and Gatherin' We Will Go"; and, for Mammoth, "The Ice Age Cometh") and a wisecracking cockroach guide lead readers on an informative exploration. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A lively romp through early human history in North America and Mesoamerica. Humorous cartoons abound as a wisecracking cockroach guides readers from about 10,500 B.C.E. to approximately 1000 C.E. Short chapter divisions, time-line and travel-site sidebars, and goofy captions spice up the currently known and surmised facts about early inhabitants of the Americas. Archaeological finds that have contributed to this knowledge explain how scientists learned what they believe to be true and how they have been able to hypothesize about the lives of these people. The factors that may have led to the rise and decline of each civilization discussed are based on current interpretations of archaeological evidence. Some of the same facts are presented in the first two chapters of Liz Sonneborn's The New York Public Library Amazing Native American History (Wiley, 1999). Helen Roney Sattler's The Earliest Americans (Clarion, 1993) also presents much of the same material. In addition, it includes South American civilizations; many detailed, informative illustrations; and a voluminous bibliography. Awesome Ancient Ancestors! has no glossary or bibliography.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.