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Michael Burgan

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Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

The Department of Energy: A Look Behind the Scenes

The Department of Energy: A Look Behind the Scenes

Describes the history of the Department of Energy, and how it has evolved, what the pressing issues are today, and what lies ahead in the near future. Takes a ...

New Releases
978-0-7565-5909-0
Paperback
Compass Point Books
12-17 Years
Grades 7-12
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2019

Price
$8.95

 
The Department of Justice: A Look Behind the Scenes

The Department of Justice: A Look Behind the Scenes

Describes the history of the Department of Justice, and how it has evolved, what the pressing issues are today, and what lies ahead in the near future. Takes a ...

New Releases
978-0-7565-5912-0
Paperback
Compass Point Books
12-17 Years
Grades 7-12
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2019

Price
$8.95

 
The Salem Witch Trials: Mass Hysteria and Many Lives Lost

The Salem Witch Trials: Mass Hysteria and Many Lives Lost

Vivid storytelling brings American history to life and place readers in the shoes of people who experienced one of the most notorious moments in American ...

New Releases
978-1-5435-4201-1
Paperback
Capstone Press
9-12 Years
Grades 3-7
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2019

Price
$6.95

 
Breaking Barriers: The Story of Jackie Robinson

Breaking Barriers: The Story of Jackie Robinson

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events surrounding the breaking of ...

Reviewed Titles
978-1-5157-7963-6
Paperback
Capstone Press
9-12 Years
Grades 3-7
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2018

Price
$6.95

 
The Split History of the D-Day Invasion: A Perspectives Flip Book

The Split History of the D-Day Invasion: A Perspectives Flip Book

Every battle has two sides, and the D-Day Invasion during World War II is no different. Experience the event from perspective of the Allies, and then read the ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5694-5
Paperback
Compass Point Books
9-12 Years
Grades 5-6
6 x 9
64
2018

Price
$8.95

 
Exposing Hidden Worlds: How Jacob Riis' Photos Became Tools for Social Reform

Exposing Hidden Worlds: How Jacob Riis' Photos Became Tools for Social Reform

President Theodore Roosevelt called Jacob Riis “the best American I ever knew.” The pioneering photojournalist—an immigrant from Denmark—drew attention to the ...

Award Winners Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5620-4
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2018

Price
$8.95

 
Finding the Titanic: How Images from the Ocean Depths Fueled Interest in the Doomed Ship

Finding the Titanic: How Images from the Ocean Depths Fueled Interest in the Doomed Ship

On the night of April 14, 1912, as it made its first voyage, the luxury steamship Titanic struck an iceberg. Then, a few hours after midnight on April 15, the ...

978-0-7565-5644-0
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2018

Price
$8.95

 
Death at Kent State: How a Photograph Brought the Vietnam War Home to America

Death at Kent State: How a Photograph Brought the Vietnam War Home to America

It didn’t seem possible. Four college students shot dead May 4, 1970, by Ohio National Guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War. The shootings at ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5426-2
Paperback
Compass Point Books
9-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2017

Price
$8.95

 
The Hindenburg in Flames: How a Photograph Marked the End of the Airship

The Hindenburg in Flames: How a Photograph Marked the End of the Airship

When it went down in flames, the Hindenburg went down in history. The era of airship travel ended with a disastrous explosion May 6, 1937. Sam Shere’s photo of ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5443-9
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-15 Years
Grades 5-7
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2017

Price
$8.95

 
Total Devastation: The Story of Hurricane Katrina

Total Devastation: The Story of Hurricane Katrina

History is about the people who lived it. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. The storm and its aftermath were ...

978-1-4914-8456-2
Paperback
Capstone Press
9-12 Years
Grades 3-7
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2017

Price
$6.95

 
The Battle of Bunker Hill: An Interactive History Adventure

The Battle of Bunker Hill: An Interactive History Adventure

You are a Patriot in the American Revolution, ready to fight for independence and the right to prosper in this new land, OR . . .You are a British soldier, ...

Reviewed Titles Award Winners
978-1-5157-3387-4
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2016

Price
$6.95

 
Daring Play: How a Courageous Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball

Daring Play: How a Courageous Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball

On and off the field, Jackie Robinson never backed down from a challenge. The baseball legend broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, changing the ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5295-4
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2016

Price
$8.95

 
Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country

Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country

The mighty Soviets were the favorites to win hockey gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics. But a team of U.S. college players had other ideas. The stunning upset of ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-5294-7
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2016

Price
$8.95

 
P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban has thrilled fans at all levels with his high-energy play. Though he's a defenseman, he is always a threat to score. Follow Subban's journey as a ...

978-1-4914-9023-5
Paperback
Capstone Press
9-10 Years
Grades 3-9
7 x 9
32
2016

Price
$7.95

 
Spies of World War I: An Interactive Espionage Adventure

Spies of World War I: An Interactive Espionage Adventure

The world's great powers have all been swept up in the first global war. Spying on the enemy can provide information that might be useful for your country’s ...

978-1-4914-5933-1
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2016

Price
$6.95

 
Spies of the Civil War: An Interactive Espionage Adventure

Spies of the Civil War: An Interactive Espionage Adventure

The United States has been torn in half by the war between North and South. It is vital for an army to know what the enemy is doing—and perhaps spread false ...

978-1-4914-5932-4
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2016

Price
$6.95

 
Shadow Catcher: How Edward S. Curtis Documented American Indian Dignity and Beauty

Shadow Catcher: How Edward S. Curtis Documented American Indian Dignity and Beauty

At the turn of the 20th century, photographer Edward S. Curtis devoted his life to learning all he could about American Indians and sharing it with world. He ...

Reviewed Titles Award Winners
978-0-7565-4998-5
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-12 Years
Grades 5-9
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2015

Price
$8.95

 
The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interactive History Adventure

The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interactive History Adventure

You’re a U.S. citizen, so why are you being denied your right to vote? Even after civil rights legislation passes, many minorities are still being turned away ...

978-1-4914-1805-5
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2015

Price
$6.95

 
Equipped for Battle: Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of America's Wars

Equipped for Battle: Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of America's Wars

No investigation of war is complete without a look at the equipment that made the soldiers battle ready. This guide to the weapons, gear, and uniforms used in ...

978-1-4765-7653-4
Paperback
Capstone Press
Grades -
7 x 9
176
2014

Price
$12.95

 
The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

It’s 1950 and the Communist country of North Korea has invaded its neighboring country of South Korea. The United Nations has stepped in to help South Korea by ...

978-1-4914-0357-0
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2015

Price
$6.95

 
The Revolutionary War Experience

The Revolutionary War Experience

Don’t just learn about the history of the Revolutionary War—experience it. Witness the Boston Massacre. Be there to hear the “shot heard ‘round the world” at ...

978-1-4914-1513-9
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
328
2014

Price
$14.95

 
The World War II Soldiers' Experience

The World War II Soldiers' Experience

What types of challenges and choices were faced by World War II soldiers? Find yourself in the midst of the action in The World War II Soldier Experience.

978-1-4914-1514-6
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
328
2014

Price
$14.95

 
Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China's Protest Movement

Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China's Protest Movement

No one knew his name. But soon millions would know about his bravery. For almost two months in spring 1989, Beijing’s Tiananmen Square had been the site of ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-4787-5
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-14 Years
Grades 5-7
9 1/4 x 10 1/4
64
2014

Price
$8.95

 
The Making of the Social Network: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

The Making of the Social Network: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

It’s a great way to keep in touch with your friends 24/7—even if they live thousands of miles away! But the social network can also expose your life to others ...

978-1-4765-5219-4
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2014

Price
$6.95

 
The Vietnam War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

The Vietnam War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure

It’s the 1960s, and the Vietnam War is raging. You find yourself in the midst of the  turmoil. Will you: • Enlist in the Marines and volunteer to go to war? • ...

978-1-4765-5218-7
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2014

Price
$6.95

 
Ellis Island: An Interactive History Adventure

Ellis Island: An Interactive History Adventure

You’re one of millions of immigrants leaving your home in the early 1900s to move to the United States. You’re searching for a better life. Ellis Island, near ...

Reviewed Titles Award Winners
978-1-4765-3606-4
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2014

Price
$6.95

 
The Split History of World War I: A Perspectives Flip Book

The Split History of World War I: A Perspectives Flip Book

Tensions have been brewing in Europe for years. Finally the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary sets off four bloody years of war ...

Reviewed Titles
978-0-7565-4700-4
Paperback
Compass Point Books
10-14 Years
Grades 5-6
6 x 9
64
2014

Price
$8.95

 
World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure

World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure

Action-packed, true-history tales put you in the cockpit. Experience World War II as it happened—the thrills of blasting the enemy in a dogfight, the terror of ...

Reviewed Titles
978-1-62065-718-8
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2013

Price
$6.95

 
World War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure

World War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure

Go undercover in Michael Burgan’s World War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure. You’re living as a spy during the height of World War II. Advances in ...

Reviewed Titles
978-1-62065-722-5
Paperback
Capstone Press
8-11 Years
Grades 3-6
5 1/4 x 7 1/2
112
2013

Price
$6.95

 
Popular Culture: 1960-1979

Popular Culture: 1960-1979

The British Invasion, Andy Warhol, Swinging London, the Summer of Love, disco dancing, and polyester, this is the era that most people think of when they think ...

978-1-4109-4631-7
Paperback
Heinemann-Raintree
11-15 Years
Grades 6-9
6 3/8 x 9 1/4
64
2013

Price
$10.95

 
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