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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Garland Polikoff  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1929

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Illinois Connection

Barbara Polikoff has been a long time resident of Highland Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although Barbara is a writer she began her career as a teacher at Von Steuben Public High School, Chicago, IL,in 1951. She also worked at the Chicago Natural History Museum, Chicago,as an associate editor of the museum bulletin,


Carl Sandburg Literary Award (Children`s Literature), Notable Book Citation, ALA.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Information Jane Jordan Browne 410 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60605

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Her mother's secret
ISBN: 9780983193883. OCLC Number: 906830607

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Fifteen-year-old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing more than to become an artist. But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her. Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of a vibrant, turbulent city. Sarah moves between two very different worlds{u2014}the colorful immigrant neighborhood surrounding Hull House and the sophisticated, elegant World{u2019}s Columbian Exposition. This novel eloquently captures the struggles of a young girl as she experiences the timeless emotions of friendship, family turmoil, loss{u2026}and first love. Winner of the IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Teen Fiction; Silver award winner in the Young Adult Fiction {u2013} Historical/Cultural category of the Moonbeam Children{u2019}s Books Awards; Finalist for the Midwest Book Awards in the YA Fiction category.?Very well-written and a quick read. It would appeal to young women who like to read coming-of-age stories, and fans of historical fiction{u2026}Prejudice against Jewish Americans, the death of young children, and strains within the family are woven eloquently throughout the book.? {u2014} VOYA?The background is beautifully realized and captures readers{u2019} fascination for the period. The author shapes Sarah{u2019}s character most skillfully of all, illustrating the optimism of youth{u2026}A treat written by a fine storyteller.? {u2014} Historical Novels Review.

Her mother's secret /
ISBN: 0983193878. OCLC Number: 815523527

Allium Press of Chicago,. .

James Madison, 4th president of the United States /
ISBN: 0944483224. OCLC Number: 18442170

Garrett Educational Corp.,. .

Traces the childhood, education, employment, political career, and presidency of the statesman from Virginia.

Life's a funny proposition, Horatio /
ISBN: 014036644X. OCLC Number: 28963026

Puffin Books,. .

Horatio finds life a strange experience as he tries to cope with the death of his father, his mother's new boyfriend, and having to give up his room to his grandfather.

My parrot eats baked beans :
ISBN: 0807553492. OCLC Number: 17385905

A. Whitman,. .

Eight young pet owners recount their experiences with and feelings for their pets.

Riding the wind /
ISBN: 0140384243. OCLC Number: 35235048

Puffin Books,. .

When an inheritance seems to make it possible for Angie to buy the beautiful Arabian she rides at Smitty's stables, she finds her father and a jealous girl standing in her way.

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ISBN: 0823418170. OCLC Number: 53287636

Holiday House,. .

When thirteen-year-old Luz and her family move from Chicago to her stepfather's native home of Puerto Rico, she and her brother Rome struggle to adjust and to decide where it is they really belong.

With one bold act :
ISBN: 0967065801. OCLC Number: 41745073

Boswell Books,. .