August 2023, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 52 pp
Much of the story of human history has been about the quest for land and who controls it. A PLACE CALLED AMERICA: A STORY OF THE LAND AND PEOPLE explores the complex history of how the United States of America came to be. From the Native Americans who first lived upon the land, to European colonist settlers, enslaved Africans, and immigrants from all around the world– many people, places, and events have shaped the story of America. Detailed maps show the country’s expanding borders over time and illustrate historic events throughout the centuries. Sidebars focus on select moments in history, and an extensive timeline and list of select sources in the back matter encourages further reading.
KIRKUS – “A necessary addition to any educational institution or the personal library of any kid who wants to ‘work toward a better future for all who live upon the land.”
BOOKLIST – “Manhattan (2019) author Thermes broadens her scope in this concise, inclusive, and handsomely illustrated tour of American history, which focuses on the land that came to be known as the United States and the diverse immigrants who came to populate it.”