Children's Books

What I Wrote About

Elizabeth Hall's books for children have characters as varied as a grieving wolf, a frightened Siberian husky puppy, a dolphin searching the Pacific Ocean for her brother, and a Native American girl who is fleeing from the United States Army.

Her First Book

Elizabeth's first book was published in 1967. Voltaire’s Micromegas was a retelling of Voltaire’s story of a visit to Earth by a 20-mile tall giant from Sirius and his companion, a mile-high “dwarf” from  Saturn. The book was illustrated by famed illustrator Don Freeman. The publisher was Golden Gate Press, but the book is now out of print.

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Phoebe Snow

Elizabeth's second book was published in 1968 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Phoebe Snow was a story about Lucy Snow’s great adventure in 1904, when she dresses like the girl in a railroad advertising poster (Phoebe Snow) to get a free ride to the St. Louis Exposition. The book was a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee. Sadly, it too is out of print. 


Stand Up, Lucy

Elizabeth's third book was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1971. Stand Up, Lucy! was the sequel to Phoebe Snow. In this adventure, Lucy gets in trouble when she joins the campaign to get women the right to vote. The book is out of print.


Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

In 1992, Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, a book begun by Scott O’Dell, but finished by Elizabeth after his death, is told in the voice of Chief Joseph's daughter. The story describes the Nez Perce tribe’s struggle in 1877 to escape the U.S. Army and reach the safety of Canada. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Company [hardcover]; Dell Yearling [paperback]. Editor’s Choice, Trumpet Book Club, 1992. Notable 1992 Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Science. South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee.


Venus Among the Fishes

In 1995, Venus Among the Fishes, also co-written with Scott O’Dell (begun before his death in 1989), was published by Houghton Mifflin Co., The dolphin Coral describes her search for her brother through dangerous waters, her captivity, and her encounters with humans. Dell Yearling [paperback]. Volunteer State Award (Tennessee)Nominee, 1998/99. 


Child of the Wolves

In 1996, Child of the Wolves. was published. Granite, a Siberian husky puppy, escapes from his Alaskan kennel and meets a pack of wolves, whose Alpha female is grieving for her own lost pups. Granite is allowed to accompany the wolves, but he must earn his place in the pack, a feat that proves difficult.  Houghton Mifflin Co. [hardcover]; Dell Yearling [paperback]. Junior Library Guild Selection. Scholastic Book Club Selection. Volunteer State Award (Tennessee) Nominee, 1998/99. Children’s Crown Classic Book, 1999. Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee, 1999/2000.


A Psychology Book for Kids

In 1973, Elizabeth completed and published her first psychology book for kids: Why We Do What We Do: A Look at Psychology. The text was an introduction to the field of psychology; what it is and how it helps us to understand ourselves and others. Houghton Mifflin Co.  Runner-up, American Psychological Foundation Award. Out of print.