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Paul Fleischman

Author of Seedfolks

49+ Works 13,772 Members 697 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Paul Fleischman was born in Monterey, California on September 5, 1952. His father is fellow children's author, Sid Fleischman. He attended the University of California at Berkeley for two years, from 1970 to 1972. He dropped out to go on a cross-country train/bicycle trip and along the way took show more care of a 200-year-old house in New Hampshire. He eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977. Fleischman has written over 25 books for children and young adults including award winners such as Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, Newberry Medal in 1989; Graven Images, Newberry Honor; Bull Run, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Breakout, Finalist for the National Book Award in 2003; Saturnalia, Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Honor. He has also garnered numerous awards and recognitions from the American Library Association, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and NCTE. He founded the grammar watchdog groups ColonWatch and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to English. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Copyright © 2006 by Dana Fleischman


Works by Paul Fleischman

Seedfolks (1997) 2,258 copies
Weslandia (1999) 1,366 copies
Bull Run (1993) 1,291 copies
Whirligig (1998) 1,061 copies
The Matchbox Diary (2013) 443 copies
The Borning Room (1991) 384 copies
Graven Images (1982) 365 copies
Sidewalk Circus (2004) 362 copies
Time Train (1991) 316 copies
Seek (2001) 243 copies
Dateline: Troy (1996) 229 copies
The Dunderheads (2009) 208 copies
Path of the Pale Horse (1983) 181 copies
The Animal Hedge (1983) 177 copies
The Half-a-Moon Inn (1980) 165 copies
Saturnalia (1976) 165 copies
Fireflies (2005) 162 copies
Breakout (2003) 117 copies
Zap: A Play (2005) 89 copies
Lost! A Story in String (2000) 87 copies
The Dunderheads Behind Bars (2012) 68 copies
The Birthday Tree (1979) 65 copies
Townsend's warbler (1992) 49 copies
Shadow Play: Story (1990) 42 copies
Rondo in C (1988) 25 copies
Finzel the Farsighted (1983) 25 copies
Raising Readers: A Collection of Stories from Maine (2005) — Contributor — 22 copies
Rear-View Mirrors (1986) 15 copies
Joyful Noise/I am Phoenix (2001) 14 copies
City circus (2004) 7 copies
Cannibal In The Mirror (2000) 7 copies
Un soplo de vida (1999) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contributor — 90 copies
Celebrate Cricket: 30 Years of Stories and Art (2003) — Contributor — 43 copies


adventure (58) chapter book (92) children (88) children's (151) children's literature (85) Cinderella (103) Civil War (159) community (162) culture (53) death (55) diversity (111) fairy tales (59) family (65) fantasy (97) fiction (624) friendship (79) garden (77) gardening (112) gardens (59) high school (57) historical fiction (242) history (97) imagination (88) immigrants (55) insects (130) multicultural (205) nature (59) Newbery (90) Newbery Medal (114) non-fiction (102) novel (70) picture book (389) plants (60) poetry (705) read (63) realistic fiction (149) short stories (87) to-read (118) YA (142) young adult (143)

Common Knowledge



This book is appropriate for primary readers (content warning: there is mention of death)
This book is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk through the lens of different cultures
This book could be useful in teaching about fairytale retellings
Kpasley | 4 other reviews | Apr 8, 2024 |
A Newbery Award Winner, The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. They can be fully appreciated by an individual reader, but they're particularly striking when read aloud by two voices, making this an ideal pick for classroom use. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.
ergoldie | 91 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
This is less a novel and more a chorus of voices each shedding light on an aspect of the Civil War during the lead up to the first Battle of Bull Run. Memorable voices include Shem, who joins the Confederate cavalry just because he wants a horse, and Lilly, whose brother runs away to join the Union army. This didn't come together in a very satisfying way for me, but it is definitely useful in sparking a discussion about what the Civil War meant to people who were alive at the time. (Hint: Many of them did not really care about whether slavery remained legal.) It's also a quick read, and I'll forgive a lot for a book that doesn't take forever to get through.… (more)
LibrarianDest | 28 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
An outcast boy named Wesley spends his summer vacation creating his own civilization in his backyard by cultivating an amazing plant that meets all his needs. In the end, he wins the respect and admiration of his peers.
LibrarianDest | 48 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |



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