ALA Best Books for Young Adults WINNER 2000
ALA Notable Children’s Book WINNER 1999
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children WINNER 1999
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award NOMINEE 2002
"A book that will capture the attention and imagination of any reader."
–School Library Journal, Starred
"This unbelievable story is enhanced by the vigorous prose; from the captivating introduction through the epilogue, it is the writing as much as the story that will rivet readers."
–Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
"Armstrong’s absorbing storytelling, illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs, makes this an enthralling adventure."
–Publishers Weekly, Starred