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The World Turned Upside Down: The Yorktown Victory That Won America’s Independence  [Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2022]

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A dramatic, gripping history of the Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the American Revolution, told through vastly different perspectives

In October 1781, American, French, and British forces converged on a small village named Yorktown—a place that the British would try to forget and Americans would forever remember. In his riveting, balanced, and thoroughly researched account of the Revolutionary War’s last pivotal conflict, author–historian Tim Grove follows the true stories of American, French, and British players, whose lives intersected at Yorktown.

Through very different viewpoints—from General George Washington to the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, from young French hero Lafayette to British General Lord Cornwallis, and an enslaved man named James who became a spy, The World Turned Upside Down tells the story of bold decisions made by famous military leaders, as well as the everyday courage shown by civilians. For every side involved, the world forever turned upside down at Yorktown.

Profusely illustrated with archival images, broadsides, and letters, the book includes a timeline, endnotes, bibliography and index.


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Star Spangled: The Story of a Flag,  a Battle, and the American Anthem [Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2020]

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The little-known and inspiring story behind the national anthem and the stars and stripes

“O say can you see” begins one of the most recognizable songs in the US. Originally a poem by Francis Scott Key, the national anthem tells the story of the American flag rising high above a fort after a night of intense battle during the War of 1812. But there is much more to the story than what is sung at ball games. What was this battle about? Whose bombs were bursting, and why were rockets glaring? Who sewed those broad stripes and bright stars? Why were free black soldiers fighting on both sides? Who was Francis Scott Key anyway, and how did he end up with such a close view? Star-Spangled tells the whole story from the perspectives of different real players—both American and British—of this obscure but important battle from American history.

-o-  2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020

-o- Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020


9781419720031Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceshipOne [Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016]

Soar through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation.

-o-  2017 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students


First FlightFirst Flight Around the World    [Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015]
Follow the adventures of the first people to fly around the world. The 1924 U.S. Army flight became a race for national honor when five other nations challenged the United States. This is a tale filled with non-stop action, including crashes into mountains, mechanical failures over oceans, strandings and rescues, and colorful cultures. Based on primary source materials from the National Air and Space Museum archives. For ages 10-14.

.finalist_watermark_200px.finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction

naward_goldn.gold medal book, Parents’ Choice Awards

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-o-  Best Children’s Books of 2015  Air and Space Magazine

-o-  Notable Children’s Books of 2016  Association for Library Service to Children


cover higher resA Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History [University of Nebraska Press, 2014] 
An eclectic collection of stories from Tim’s work as a public historian at America’s most popular history museums, including three Smithsonian museums and Colonial Williamsburg. Join Tim on the Lewis and Clark trail out west and on the launch pad of Kennedy Space Center. Part insider perspective, memoir, and scholarship, the book demonstrates the joy of pursuing the past and poses some challenging questions.

-o-  2014 Washington Post review


The Museum Educator’s Manual   [Rowman and Littlefield, 2nd edition, August 2017; Alta Mira Press, 1st edition, 2009]

This book, for museum professionals, offers knowledge about museum practice.

Written by several authors, including Tim Grove, this practical reference book offers a wealth of tips and successful techniques in the museum world from experienced pros.


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