Giraffe Extinction: Using Science and Technology to Save the Gentle Giants

Winner of the 2020 Green Earth Book Award for Nonfiction


A fascinating and comprehensive analysis of the tragic decline of giraffes and the heroic efforts to reverse this trend.” Kirkus Reviews

The author’s meticulous research is apparent from the extensive back matter, including source notes, a bibliography, and suggested further reading. VERDICT Purchase for school and public libraries where endangered species are a hot research topic.“—School Library Journal

[I]t is well researched and will prove a useful resource to students researching wildlife conservation.Booklist

INTEREST LEVEL Grade 8 – Grade 12
GENRE Nonfiction, Young Adult
SUBJECT Animals, Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
PUBLISHER Lerner Publishing Group
IMPRINT Twenty-First Century Books ™

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gunpowder-girls-final-coverGunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies

by Tanya Anderson

“Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this tragic story of 140 girls and young women killed by gunpowder explosions in three arsenals where they produced ammunition for Civil War armies reveals details previously unfamiliar even to Civil War historians. We can now add their names to the human toll of America’s greatest conflict.”

—James McPherson, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

“In Anderson’s hands, history is as riveting as any best-selling novel.” —School Library Journal, March 14, 2017

From the publisher:

For the first time, Tanya Anderson has collected the stories of the three worst arsenal explosions of the war — Allegheny, Richmond, and Washington — and tells them from the POV of the victims, who were overwhelmingly poor and immigrant women and girls as young as 10 who did much of the work at the arsenals.

October 2016

Hardcover; 160 pages; ages 14 & up; $16.95 US

ISBN: 978-0-96692-587-6 • Quindaro Press

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound, and your local independent bookstore. (Please support your local bookstores!)

Awards & Reviews

A Jjlgselectionunior Library Guild Selection

Gunpowder Girls combines meticulous research and moving narrative to tell the true stories of three appalling Civil War disasters involving girls as young as ten.

Texas Topaz Nonfiction Gems 2019

A list of 140 nonfiction books for children and adults intended for recreational reading.

Other Reviews:

“Anderson describes three tragic explosive disasters: the Allegheny Arsenal in 1862 (78 dead), the Confederate States Laboratory in 1863 (48 dead), and the Washington Arsenal in 1864 (21 dead). In clear, engaging prose she introduces some of the victims and describes the horrific incidents. . . . This grim, enlightening tale is most likely to appeal to those who seek out disaster stories or have an interest in American history.   —Kirkus Reviews, 8/15/16

“The book is social history at its finest, telling little-known stories of workers, immigrants, young people, and women who fueled the engine of war from the home front. . . . Primary sources take center stage, and readers are presented with the same lists and newspaper excerpts that Anderson used to write the high-interest narrative. As in her previous work, Anderson takes historical inquiry in bold new places for young readers.Booklist, October 2016

“. . . Each event is foreshadowed, described in detail, and then investigated. With the help of primary source documents, the author examines life working in an arsenal (including diagrams on how to fill a cartridge) to give shape to the lives of these often forgotten women. Using census records, Anderson identifies the victims of each accident by name and age. Extensive back matter makes this a useful selection for research or reports. Pair this highly readable title with Albert Marrin’s Flesh and Blood So Cheap for a look at working conditions in U.S. history. VERDICT Recommended for teen history buffs.” —School Library Journal, October 2016

“Anderson uncovers the hidden history of the Gunpowder Girls, who made ammunition during the War, through compelling narrative that brings history alive with primary source research.” — Lizz Zitron, Mortvedt Library, Pacific Lutheran University

“Wow! This story is unprecedented. The accounts of the explosions themselves are as harrowing as narrative gets.” —Elizabeth Norton, Commerce Township (Mich.) Community Library

”Told clearly and engagingly, this book is sure to hook young history fans…and maybe create some new ones.” —Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books, St. Louis

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Now available in paperback!

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 1.50.30 PMTillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg 

by Tanya Anderson

2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winner, Teen Nonfiction

Spring 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection

2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominee

2014 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

Imagine being fifteen years old, facing the bloodiest battle ever to take place on U.S. soil: the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1863, that’s exactly what happened to Tillie Pierce, a normal fifteen-year-old. Tillie and other girls and women found themselves trapped during three horrible days of fighting. Without training, but with enormous courage and compassion, Tillie and the other Gettysburg citizens helped save the lives of countless Union and Confederate soldiers. Read Tillie’s own words in this gripping account.

Ages 11 & up; 96 pages

Softcover; $14.95 US; ISBN: 978-0-9669-2582-1 • Quindaro Press

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Hardcover; $36.95 US; ISBN: 978-1-4677-0692-6 • Twenty-First Century/Lerner

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My Books Shelf

I’ve published under several names, including Tanya Anderson, Tanya Dean, Tanya West, and lots of weird combinations of family members’ names when doing poems for McGraw-Hill. These are some of my books—and books in which I have a story:


2 thoughts on “Books

  1. I’m impressed by your books! I was especially happy to see that you, too, are a Ben Franklin Award winner. My daughter, Lisa Kay Hauser, and I won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction in 2000 with Turn Back Time, which was a highly successful Doubleday book club featured offering. It is set in Muhlenberg County in the early 1930s. It was a Amazon Kindle #1 Best Seller briefly lst year. It’s sequel, Sunshine and Shadow includes a lot about Paradise. I posted you earlier about your visit to Weir Cemetery.

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