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1493 for Young People

From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization

by Charles C. Mann

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1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of sixteenth-century Bolivia fund economic development in the flood-prone plains of rural China and the wars of the Spanish Empire? Here is the story of how sometimes the greatest leaps also posed the greatest threats to human advancement.

Mann's language is as plainspoken and clear as it is provocative, his research and erudition vast, his conclusions ones that will stimulate the critical thinking of young people.1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today, and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.

Students and teachers: Check out our 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization Study Guide!

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“An engrossing history of almost everything - ecology, botany, politics, economics, disease, and anthropology - since Columbus's arrival in and departure from the Americas, 1493 for Young People will inform and engage its audience.”

“This is a book of big ideas and grand movements in human history, told through engaging stories about explorers, mountains of silver, deadly mosquitoes, and much more.”

“A fascinating story of how our modern world came to be. Globalization isn't the recent phenomenon we thought... Watch with horror at the domino effect caused by greed for silver, and find out how something as tiny as a mosquito changed the world. A captivating mosaic of game changers that shaped modernity.”

“In this sweeping world history, Mann chronicles the spread of globalization, examining the mingling of the world's ecosystems through travel, trade, colonization, conquest, and migration, from its beginnings in the 15th century to its continued impact in the present day. Adapted by Stefoff for teen audiences, this riveting account shows how the complex, interconnected economic and environmental consequences of the European "discovery" of the Americas shaped many unexpected aspects of the modern world. The collision of unfamiliar flora, fauna, and microbes produced unforeseen wealth, conflict, exploitation, disease, misery, and social upheaval. Mann examines such fascinating subjects as the connections between malaria and slavery, how silver mined in Bolivia funded economic development in rural China and wars waged by the Spanish empire, how the rubber plant enabled industrialization, and how the potato plant fed millions of Europe's poor for centuries and then caused the deaths of millions. All of these fascinating stories are woven together in a clear, compelling narrative. The complex subject matter is impressively handled with deftness and wit. A provocative, gripping account. (photos, maps, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)”

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At Seven Stories and at our children’s imprint, Triangle Square, we believe in talking *up* to young readers, not down to them. That’s why you’ll always find works on our children’s list that both challenge and inspire. Check out seven select titles below! All of them are 35% off through October 2, 5PM EST. Each comes bundled with a free e-book edition, and there’s free shipping for all books within the U.S. (Please Note: All these books are 35% off! They are for sale for the lower of the two prices displayed above the buy buttons.)

Zinn’s first book for young adults retells US history from the viewpoints of slaves, workers, immi- grants, women, and Native Americans, reminding younger readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by common people, outcasts, and dissidents, not military and corporate leadership.

“This is the edition of A People’s History that we have all been waiting for.”—Deborah Menkart, Executive Director, Teaching for Change

The gripping story of globalization as told through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. Here is the story of how sometimes the greatest leaps also posed the greatest threats to human advancement. 1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today, and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.
 

Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

“This is exactly the kind of book that should be a ‘set text’ for a reinvigorated science curriculum: en- gaging, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. If your teachers aren’t recommending books like this —go out and get them anyway.”––Guy Claxton, author of What’s the Point of School?

From artist and Egypt specialist Tamara Bower comes her third, gorgeous book about Ancient Egypt. Using the classic style of Egyptian art, the book is painstakingly accurate in facts and illustrative style. Artifacts, funerary customs, kid-pleasing gory details of the mummification process, hieroglyphs, and details of life in ancient Egypt are told through the eyes of Ipy, whose father is embalmer to the King.

“Spectacular! The art is fabulous. The text is fascinating. This is going to be a classic.” —Dr. Bob Brier, Egyptologist, author of Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art

Two nine-year-old Jewish boys survive World War II by banding together in the forest. They are alone, visited only furtively, every few days by Mina, a mercurial girl who herself has found refuge from the war by living with a peasant family. Adam and Thomas must learn to survive and do, and barely make it through winter’s harshest weather, but when things seem to be at their worst, a miracle happens.

“Adam and Thomas is at once a finely wrought fable and a realistic tale of survival—a tale of resourcefulness, of friendship, of the kindness of strangers, of the mysterious ways of fate. . . . Most of all it’s a story of generosity, one that suggests that the act of giving may be as necessary to our survival as food or drink. Thank you, Mr. Appelfeld, for the gift of this magical book.”––Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge 

A comic book for kids that reimagines “sex talk” for the twenty-first century. Including children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers.

“You could send your kid to college and graduate school, and years of therapy, to learn how to lovingly come to terms with their gender and sexuality. Or you could simply read this book with them—it’s that thorough, and that good.”—Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook

Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you. And more importantly, what critical ties can appear at the most unlikely moment, to save you from despair, and give you reason to go on living. James Lecesne is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBT and Questioning teens.

“Trevor is important because its protagonist does not represent a single character, but serves as a vessel for the joy, despair, and alienation that LGBTQ youth can encounter every day at school and at home.”—Porter Square Books Blog 

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Charles C. Mann is the author of 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, a New York Times bestseller, and 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, which won the US National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award for the best book of the year. As a journalist, Mann has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many publications in the United States and abroad. In addition to 1491 and 1493, he is the co-author of five other books, including a young person’s version of 1491 titled Before Columbus.