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Nathan Hale

Biography

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels. Books written and illustrated by Nathan Hale: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (Walker Books), YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL (G. P. Putnam's Sons), THE TWELVE BOTS OF CHRISTMAS (Walker Books). Books illustrated include: THE DINOSAURS' NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Chronicle Books), ANIMAL HOUSE (Walker Books) BALLOON ON THE MOON (Walker Books), THE DINOSAUR STEREOBOOK (Becker & Meyer), and THE JUNGLE BOOK series (Sterling). Graphic Novels illustrated: RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE (Bloomsbury) (Eisner nominated, "Best Book for Teens," CYBIL Award winner, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Al Roker's Book Club Pick) CALAMITY JACK (Bloomsbury). Nathan collects LEGO sets and runs marathons (seven so far--marathons, not LEGO sets.) He creates an ongoing webcomic for children, with new posts every weekday.

Nathan Hale

Books by Nathan Hale

by Nathan Hale - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, History
Gilbert du Motier became the Marquis de Lafayette at a young age, but he was not satisfied with the comforts of French nobility --- he wanted adventure! A captain at eighteen and a major general by nineteen, he was eager to prove himself in battle. When he heard about the Revolution going on in America, he went overseas and fought alongside Alexander Hamilton and George Washington for America’s independence. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales are graphic novels that tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history. Read them all --- if you dare! 
Written by Esther Hoskins Forbes with a foreword by Nathan Hale - Children's 10-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

JOHNNY TREMAIN is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. To read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future, injures his hand in an accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse boy, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in pivotal events from the Boston Tea Party to the shots fired at Lexington. 

by Nathan Hale - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

The aliens have arrived. And they’re hungry for electricity. In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force --- giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them. Strata and her family are part of a caravan of digital rescuers, hoping to keep the memory of civilization alive by saving electronics wherever they can. Many humans have reverted to a pre-electrical age, and others have taken advantage of the invasion to become dangerous bandits and outlaws. 

by Nathan Hale - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, History

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier. Once at sea, they were told their mission was a retaliation strike against targets in Tokyo. But on the day of the raid, a Japanese patrol boat spotted them and they had to launch early, with barely enough fuel to get them past their target.

by Nathan Hale - Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Education, Graphic Novel, History

In the early 1800s, Texas was a wild and dangerous land fought over by the Mexican government, Native Americans and settlers from the United States. Beginning with the expeditions of the so-called “Land Pirates,” through the doomed stand at the Alamo, and ending with the victory over Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, the entire Texas saga is on display. Leading the charge to settle this new frontier is Stephen F. Austin, with a cast of dangerous and colorful characters, including Jim Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and others.

by Nathan Hale - Children's, Historical Fiction

Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she’d be free. Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it, and once free, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. Tubman spent the rest of her life helping slaves run away like she did, every time taking her life in her hands. 

written by Rick Walton, illustrated by Nathan Hale
'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Miss Devel
Was hassled and harried and not feeling well...
Off in the distance she heard such a clatter
She sprang from her slab to see what was the matter.
Off down the stairs she flew like a flash,
Threw open the doors just in time for the...
                        CRASH!"
 
The little monsters, led once again by Frankenstein, have been busy getting ready for the arrival of Saint Nick, but in this creepy old castle nothing goes quite as expected...
by Nathan Hale - Children's, Historical Fiction

World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare: global, mechanical and brutal. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war.

by Nathan Hale - Historical Fiction

The Donner Party expedition is one of the most notorious stories in all of American history. It’s also a fascinating snapshot of the westward expansion of the United States, and the families and individuals who sacrificed so much to build new lives in a largely unknown landscape. The graphic novel focuses on the struggles of the Reed family to tell the true story of the catastrophic journey.

by Nathan Hale - Children's, Historical Fiction

ONE DEAD SPY tackles the story of Hale himself, who was an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War. Author Hale highlights the unusual, gruesome, and just plain unbelievable truth of historical Nathan Hale --- from his early unlucky days at Yale to his later unlucky days as an officer --- and America during the Revolutionary War.

written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale - Graphic Novel
written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by Nathan Hale - Graphic Novel

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.