“Ideally, we should like to define a good book as one which ‘permits, invites, or compels’ good reading.” – C.S. Lewis

Tomorrow, Booklist will be publishing reviews for three of our books in its bi-monthly magazine:

Earl Warren by Leslie Wolf Branscomb (Supreme Court Justices Series)

Michael Bloomberg by Sandra Shichtman (Political Profiles Series)

Founders of Faiths by Joan Price (World Religions Series)

As an introduction to “review day”, we’d like to take a second to thank our readers.

When we get letters in the mail, receive calls in the office, or find blog posts saying how informative our books are, that means a lot to us, as we strive to publish the highest quality of books for students to dive into in order to broaden their minds and hopefully learn something new.

In fact, check out Edi Campbell’s blog about Vera Wang from the Profiles in Fashion Series.


But we also love it when we get rave reviews, so as a teaser, here is one of the three from Booklist:

Earl Warren

Also, check out the Profiles in Fashion Series, awarded Booklist’s Top 10 Series Nonfiction in 2011.





So thanks, everyone! We promise to keep the books coming if you promise to keep reading them!

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“The floods of water from the firemen’s hose that ran into the gutter were actually stained red with blood.” -William Shepherd on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

One hundred years ago today, tragedy struck the New York City garment district when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire and blazed to ash and rubble, causing the deaths of 149 factory workers, most of whom were young female immigrants.

As the building went up in flames, the workers fought to find ways out, but the door to one exit was locked, the elevator was jammed, and people became frantic. Instead of being overcome by the fire, the girls (and some men) chose to jump from the eighth, ninth, and tenth stories.

Benjamin Levy, a junior exec. from a manufacturer down the street, witnessed the chaos:

Bodies were falling all around us, and two or three of the men with me were knocked down. The girls just leaped wildly out of the windows and turned over and over before reaching the sidewalk.

Just one year before, these same women who were jumping to their deaths had gone on strike for cleaner and safer work conditions, and according to William Shepherd, that fateful day, “These dead bodies were the answer.”

According The New York Times, “The fire accomplished what the strike could not. From the city’s grief sprang  government investigations and transformative legislation, first in New York State and then the nation.”

However, the argument has been made that wretched working conditions have not disappeared, but rather have been outsourced to third world countries where labor is cheap and the rights of workers are low priority.

According to The World, Robert Ross of Clark University says, “Effectively what we have done is exported our sweatshops and exported our factory fires. And it’s as if the 1911 conditions had been lifted up by an evil hand and dropped into Bangladesh.”

What do you think? What could or should be done to remedy the situation abroad?

Note: Until last month, the identities of six individuals who perished in the fire were unknown. The New York Times tells the story of how, 100 years later, the five Jane Does and one John Doe came to be identified.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

*Quotes that are not sited in this post are from Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in the American Workers series  by Morgan Reynolds, which received a Starred Review from School Library Journal and was a recommended Feminist Book by the Amelia Bloomer Project

Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Every thing must have a beginning … and that beginning must be linked to something that went before.” -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

When John Riley and Anita Richardson founded Morgan Reynolds almost twenty years ago, their hope was to produce nonfiction books that would both supplement middle school and high school curricula and spark the interest of young adult readers.

According to Readfaster.com, “Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even as little as fifteen minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.”

Even Dr. Seuss knew what kind of opportunities reading could present, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

But the publishing industry is changing.

If there is one thing for certain, it is that change, no matter what industry you are in, will always be a constant. For publishing, never has that been more true. Economic ups and downs, advancements in technology, and changes in what teens, the most fickle of readers, are interested in are just some of the things publishers have to consider.

As a small independent publishing company, we want to use this blog to share who we are, what we publish, what our philosophy is, what events we will be attending, and how we are adapting to the constant changes in the publishing world.

We will be posting things that pertain to our company and our industry. So stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

*Be sure to take a look at our Mary Shelley biography, Strange Creatures: The Story of Mary Shelley

Published in: on March 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm  Comments (1)  
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