Author Visit


    Steve Sheinkin

    Steve Sheinkin is the acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories, including Fallout, Undefeated, Born to Fly, The Port Chicago 50, and Bomb. His accolades include a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal and Honor, and three National Book Award finalist honors. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

    Find out more about Steve by visiting his website at Steve Sheinkin

     Mr. Sheinkin will visit the Middle School in-person on October 24 and 25.

  •  Fallout


    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2022

    As World War II comes to a close, the United States and the Soviet Union emerge as the two greatest world powers on extreme opposites of the political spectrum. After the United States showed its hand with the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the Soviets refuse to be left behind. With communism sweeping the globe, the two nations begin a neck-and-neck competition to build even more destructive bombs and conquer the Space Race. In their battle for dominance, spy planes fly above, armed submarines swim deep below, and undercover agents meet in the dead of night.

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  •  Bomb


    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2013

    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

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  •  Bomb Graphic Novel

    Bomb: Graphic Novel Adaptation

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2023

    A riveting graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning nonfiction book, Bomb—the fascinating and frightening true story of the creation behind the most destructive force that birthed the arms race and the Cold War. Full-color illustrations from Nick Bertozzi are detailed and enriched with the nonfiction expertise creating a new edition of Bomb is perfect for young readers and adults alike.

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  •  Born to Fly

    Born to Fly

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2020

    Born to Fly is the gripping story of the fearless women pilots who aimed for the skies—and beyond.

    Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women’s air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

    These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers, National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.

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  •  Lincoln's Grave Robbers

    Lincoln's Grave Robbers

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2014

    The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: Grab Lincoln’s body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.

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  •  Two Terrible Presidents

    Two Terrible Presidents

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2009

    History – with the good bits put back!

    1856: Northern and Southern settlers attack each other in Kansas.

    1858: Congressmen start sneaking guns and knives into the Senate chamber.

    1860: President James Buchanan is heard wailing, “I am the last president of the United States!”

    Get the feeling something big is about to happen? Welcome to the Civil War: one of the scariest, saddest, and occasionally wackiest stories in American history.

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