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America Goes to the Fair: All about State and County Fairs in the United States

by Lila Perl

Commercial fairs come in all sizes-- county, state, and international--and they are as popular today as ever. How did they come to be? What goes on at them? Why do they continue to appeal to young people? This lively report on the modern fair answers these questions and many others. The opening chapters relate the change from the European market fair, like the one at Nizhni Novgorod in Russia, to the competitive showcase that developed in the United States. Following chapters take up the various activities that fairs engage in: agricultural events, household arts, youth and vocational programs, entertainment, and special exhibits in such fields as science and transportation. Specific examples from the over 3200 fairs that take place each year illustrate each category, and major fairs all over the country are included. Not surprisingly, the largest one is the State Fair of Texas, held outside of Dallas. All this wide-ranging information is gathered together in a smoothly knit narrative by a knowledgeable author, who has participated in a number of fairs herself.

Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story

by Lila Perl Marion Blumenthal Lazan

During their six-year ordeal of World War II, the Blumenthal family lived in refugee and prison camps, including the notorious concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany. This is their story, as seen through the eyes of a child.

The Great Ancestor Hunt

by Lila Perl

This book is a guide for tracing one's ancestors via various means. An appendix describes how to use a number of available government resources.

Isabel's War

by Lila Perl

In a stunning new novel completed just before her death in 2013, award-winning author Lila Perl introduces us to Isabel Brandt, a French-phrase-dropping twelve-year-old New Yorker who's more interested in boys and bobbing her nose than the distant war across the Pacific--the one her parents keep reminding her to care more about. Things change when Helga, the beautiful niece of her parent's best friends, comes to live with Isabel and her family. Helga is everything Isabel's not--cool, blonde, and vaguely aloof. She's also a German war refugee, with a past that gives a growing Isabel something more important to think about than boys and her own looks. Set in the Bronx during World War II, Isabel's War is a beautiful evocation of New York in the 1940s and of a girl's growing awareness of the world around her.Lila Perl, the daughter of Russian immigrants fleeing anti-Semitism, published over sixty volumes of fiction and nonfiction for young readers during her long and distinguished career. In addition to the beloved Fat Glenda series, Perl twice received American Library Association Notable awards for nonfiction and was a recipient of the Sidney Taylor Award for Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story. She died in 2013 at the age of ninety-two. Isabel's War and its completed sequel, Lilli's Quest, were her final works.

Me and Fat Glenda

by Lila Perl

The buttoned-up town of Havenhurst isn't ready for the Mayberrys, especially when they roll in on a garbage truck piled high with their trash sculptures. Their daughter Sara who longs for conventional living, finds a friend in Fat Glenda, a larger-than-life character. In Lila Perl's 1972 comedy, Sara learns to cope with her family's unorthodoxy and a small town's prejudice.

Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt

by Lila Perl

From the back cover: " What happens to people after they die? The Egyptians thought if they mummified a dead person, his spirit would live forever. At first nature did the job; the desert sun dried and preserved bodies buried in shallow sand-pit graves. Mummifying methods became more elaborate with time, as did after-life dwelling places. Eventually, the Egyptians built the largest known tombs--the pyramids--in which wealthy Egyptians were buried with food, household items, and treasure. The ancient Egyptian way of death has left us a rich legacy of information about a way of life of which there is no other record. Lila Perl's thoroughly documented account is as fascinating as it is revealing." The information in this book is very helpful in explaining the background of fictional books about Egypt like The Mummy Chronicles, Mummy's Mother, and the Amelia Peabody mystery books which are all available from Bookshare.

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