FELDPOST: The War Letters of Freidrich Reiner Niemann

The Wartime Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann documents the life and frontline experiences of a German soldier from the 6th Infantry Division from 1941-1945. Niemann, a well-educated youth from an artist family in Cologne, was sent to the Russian Front four times. In his extensive correspondence, Niemann describes the fighting at Rzhev, Russia, 1942-1943, and his survival of the destruction of his division during the Soviet summer offensive in 1944. His is a rare view of battles that annihilated entire German divisions and armies. He wrote his final two letters home from the front in Poland on 12 January 1945 before he disappeared during the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive.  After the Second World War, the Niemann family preserved Reiner’s letters and photographs, and shipped them to New Orleans when Reiner’s sister, Liselotte Andersson, had emigrated. Neglected in an attic for over fifty years, the documents surfaced only after Hurricane Katrina flooded the family house. Andersson’s daughter-in-law, author Whitney Stewart, discovered the letters in 2012 and contacted Denis Havel to translate them. Together, Havel and Stewart uncovered historical details that enabled them to follow Reiner’s trail and tell his story. “…Excellent translation and editing is accompanied by very useful contextual material, placing the events into a meaningful framework. Since the “Eastern Front” encompassed an extraordinary series of military operations within a vast geography this is very necessary, and very helpful to all readers, even those with some familiarity with this part of the war.” – WWII Today

To the Lion Throne: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama

In 1936 Buddhist monks searched Tibet for the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. They discovered a two-year-old farm boy with special gifts and brought him to Lhasa where he was raised among monks to be the religious and governmental leader of his country. In 1950, however, when the Dalai Lama was only 15 years old, Chinese Communists invaded Tibet. Nine years later, the young Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile. Winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Peace, the 14th Dalai Lama is known world-wide as a man of deep wisdom and compassion. (Middle-grade book)

The 14th Dalai Lama

In 1936 Buddhist monks searched Tibet for the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. They discovered a two-year-old farm boy with special gifts and brought him to Lhasa where he was raised among monks to be the religious and governmental leader of his country. In 1950, however, when the Dalai Lama was only 15 years old, Chinese Communists invaded Tibet. Nine years later, the young Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile. Winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Peace, the 14th Dalai Lama is known world-wide as a man of deep wisdom and compassion.(Young adult book)

Aung San Suu Kyi: Fearless Voice of Burma

When Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her native Burma to tend to her ailing mother, no one could have known that within a few months she would become a leader of her people. In 1989, after Suu Kyi had worked only a year in Burma’s renewed struggle for democracy, the military government placed her under house arrest. In 1991, still under arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Prize for peace. Upon her release from house arrest in 1995, thousands flocked to Suu Kyi’s home in Rangoon to hear her speak. There she offered hope that democracy may yet blossom in Burma. Whitney Stewart’s biography, based on personal interviews with Aung San Suu Kyi and those around her, illuminates the dangers endured and triumphs enjoyed by this inspiring woman. An NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Sir Edmund Hillary: To Everest and Beyond

When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scrambled up the last bit of ice to reach the summit of Mount Everest, they became the first people to stand on top of the world’s tallest mountain. The ascent of Everest propelled Hillary into public life and inspired the queen of England to knight him. In the years that followed, Sir Edmund Hillary played a critical role in an expedition to cross Antarctica, searched for evidence of the Abominable Snowman, and led a group that traveled from the mouth of India’s Ganges River to its source high in the Himalayan Mountains. Through all of his adventures, Hillary has remained closely linked to Mount Everest and the Sherpa people who live below the majestic mountain. Author Whitney Stewart interviewed Hillary and spent weeks trekking with him in Nepal to research this biography. Nominated for the Maine Book Award

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was one of the most powerful people in the world during his lifetime. Yet when he was born in 1893, China was still ruled by the Qing dynasty. Many people longed for a new China, however, and Mao led the way. He came to power in 1949, when China became a Communist nation. As China’s ruler, Mao controlled all aspects of Chinese life. The Chinese people studied his writings, and pictures of Mao adorned buildings and walls throughout the country. This in-depth profile follows Mao from his country-boy roots through the Cultural Revolution and renewed relations with the United States. This book elucidates the life of the man who transformed China.

Deng Xiaoping: Leader in a Changing China

When Deng Xiaoping was born on August 22, 1904, China was still ruled by the Qing Dynasty, but many people longed for a new China. Although Deng was in and out of favor during his eventful life, he became one of the most powerful and influential Chinese leaders. Deng’s life spans the Japanese invasion, the rise of Communism, the Long March, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Square confrontation. Perhaps more than any other person Deng Xiaoping is responsible for shaping modern China. Society of School Librarian International Award 2001 & Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year 2002

Coffin’s Ghost

In this historical mystery for young readers, author Whitney Stewart leads her two young heroes, Anna and Nat, back into the Nantucket of the 1800s. With the aid of a ghostly crow, a time warp and a poignant love story, the children find a pirate treasure—and discover the island’s rich and spooky past in the process.

Jammin’ on the Avenue : Going to New Orleans

Eric Wieman, thirteen years old and a gifted guitarist, travels out of New England for the first time to compete in a guitar competition in New Orleans. Faced with the pressure of making new friends in a new place while keeping up his electric guitar finger style, Eric is paralyzed. Will he back out of the contest and give up his dream of being a professional guitar player? Does he have the right attitude to find personal happiness?

Blues Across the Bay

Eric Weiman is on his way to a famous music camp in San Francisco. He hopes he’ll make new friends and find a guitar teacher and mentor there. All that will happen. But, a strange twist of fate causes Eric to call on reserves of courage when he visits the most fascinating places in this complex and beautiful city.