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Tom E. McGowen

Born: 1927 in Evanston, Illinois
Died: 2015 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Pen Name: Tom McGowen

Connection to Illinois: McGowen was born in Evanston Illinois, grew up in Evanston and Chicago, moved to Norridge Illinois, raised a family and even wrote a book about Norridge titled ''Island within a City''. He lived in Norridge for over 55 years before moving to Hoffman Estates Illinois for the last 3 years of his life.

Biography: Tom McGowen is a children's and young adult books author. He worked in advertising in the Chicago, Illinois area until 1969. He then became a senior editor at World Book, Inc.

  • Children`s Book of the Year He's won awards for ''Album of Prehistoric Man'', ''Album of Whales'', ''Radioactivity

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Children; Young adult readers

Tom E. McGowen on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A trial of magic /
ISBN: 0525673768 OCLC: 25027179

Lodestar Books, New York : ©1992.

Having secured the aid of the wizards of the Dragons and the Little People in an effort to prevent the prophesied Earthdoom, Mulng and his son Lithim and the other magicians of Atlan Domain must face the fearsome opposition of a very powerful Alfar Master mage.

African-Americans in the Old West /
ISBN: 051626348X OCLC: 37322234

Children's Press, New York : ©1998.

Describes the important role of freed slaves and other African-Americans in the settlement of the West.

Air raid :
ISBN: 0761318100 OCLC: 44868868

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, Conn. : ©2001.

Describes the history of aerial bombing from the beginning of flight through the great campaigns of World War II.

Alexander the Great :
ISBN: 0766025608 OCLC: 61240593

Enslow Publishers, Berkeley Heights, N.J. : ©2006.

Alexander the Great maintains his role as one of history's greatest leaders. Explores the life of the Macedonian warrior king, from his first battle at age 16 to his innovations in the ways of war to his incredible victories.

Assault from the sea :
ISBN: 0761318119 OCLC: 47255298

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, Conn. : ©2002.

Outlines the history and development of troop carrier ships and amphibious vehicles, and describes how landing forces were used in some of the major battles of the twentieth century.

Carrier war :
ISBN: 0761318089 OCLC: 44728149

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, Conn. : ©2001.

Describes the role of aircraft carriers in World War II, especially Japanese and American carriers in the Pacific.

Germany's lightning war :
ISBN: 076131511X OCLC: 40135245

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, Conn. : ©1999.

Discusses the development and actions of German tank units in World War II, covering specific battles and the changes that tanks brought to warfare in general.

  Giant stones and earth mounds /
ISBN: 0585346828 OCLC: 47011968

Millbrook Press, Brookfield, Conn. : 2000.

Describes the mysterious standing stones and earth mounds which were built by Stone Age peoples and explores how and why they may have been built.

Jesse bowman :
ISBN: 159845384X OCLC: 939613878

Enslow Publishers, [Place of publication not identified] : 2012.

Koren War /
ISBN: 0531156559 OCLC: 748502649

Franklin Watts, New York : 1992.

An overview of the three-year war that took over two million lives and resolved none of the conflicts that split Korea into two irreconcilable nations.

Robespierre and the French Revolution in world history /
ISBN: 0766013979 OCLC: 42061020

Enslow Publishers, Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA : ©2000.

Traces the history of the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille through the rise of Napoleon, highlighting the influence of revolutionary leader, Maximilien Robespierre, from his early life through his involvement in the Reign of Terror.

Sink the Bismarck :
ISBN: 0761315101 OCLC: 40256000

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, Conn. : ©1999.

Describes the actions of the German battleship "Bismarck" during World War II and the operations of the British navy to destroy this ship.

Space race :
ISBN: 0766029107 OCLC: 184906294

Enslow Publishers, Berkeley Heights, NJ : 2009.

"Discusses the United States' role in the space race in the 1960s, including the beginning of NASA, early space exploration, and the first moon landing by American astronauts"--Provided by publisher.

The 1968 Democratic Convention /
ISBN: 0516242202 OCLC: 52086648

Children's Press, New York : ©2003.

Presents background information on the Cold War and the Vietnam war as context for events surrounding the Democratic Party Convention of 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, focusing on the street confrontations between police and activists during the convention.

The Alamo /
ISBN: 0531186849 OCLC: 166946475

Children's Press, New York : [2007], ©2003.

Discusses historical events surrounding the Battle of the Alamo, including the roles played by Mexican General Santa Anna and Americans Stephen Austin, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and others.

The battle for Iwo Jima /
ISBN: 0516264583 OCLC: 38879071

Children's Press, New York : [1999?]

Relates the events preceding, during, and after the battle for the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima, where American victory hastened the end of World War II.

The Battle of Midway /
ISBN: 0516220055 OCLC: 44265530

Children's Press, New York : ©2001.

Recounts the successful American battle to defend the Pacific Ocean naval base against a Japanese invasion and attempt to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II.

The beginnings of science /
ISBN: 076133016X OCLC: 38144402

Twenty-First Century Books, Brookfield, CT : ©1998.

Discusses the roots of science as developed by primitive people, Greek thinkers, Muslim scholars, and those responsible for the birth of the scientific method in Europe.

The magicians' challenge /
ISBN: 0525672893 OCLC: 19555414

Lodestar Books, New York : ©1989.

The magician Armindor and his young apprentice Tigg travel south to their home city of Ingarron to continue humanity's battle against the intelligent ratlike creatures known as reen, who lurk in many of the world's cities and plan a bloody takeover. Sequel to "The Magician's Company."

World War I /
ISBN: 0531156605 OCLC: 26352380

F. Watts, New York : ©1993.

Provides an overview of the military battles and political changes that occurred during World War I.

World War II /
ISBN: 0531156613 OCLC: 26352370

F. Watts, New York : ©1993.

Provides an overview of the military battles and political changes that occurred during World War II.