Louisa on the Front Lines

Amazon Best Book of the Month

The Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019, Woman’s Day — “If you’re obsessed with Little Women, you’re going to love this book about the author, Louisa May Alcott’s, time as a Civil War nurse, which, it turns out, had a huge influence on her most famous novel.”

Louisa on the Front Lines is a swift-moving, engrossing narrative.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Louisa on the Front Lines is a rich, enlightening tale…inspirational.” (The Washington Post)

A “must-read” — Popsugar

“There’s a beautiful humanness in Seiple’s descriptions of Alcott…Readers will discover in these pages an author as vibrant as her writings, and find themselves returning to her work with fresh eyes. Alcott scholars will encounter a liveliness if not substantive new information.” (STARRED review, Library Journal, December 1, 2018 Issue)

“Provides unique insight into Louisa May Alcott’s time serving as a nurse during the Civil War…Lovers of Alcott and fans of Civil War history will be equally pleased.” (Publishers Weekly)

Lively, well-researched…Readers will discover the story both engaging and informative. Alcott herself would have marveled at how Seiple’s biographical and historical account reads like a novel! ” — (Daniel Shealy, UNC Professor of English and editor of The Journals of Louisa May Alcott )

“Louisa on the Front Lines is a lively account of a critical moment in Alcott’s life, her time working as a nurse in the Civil War — a moment that reverberates, sometimes in surprising ways, in her most beloved work.”―(Louisa Thomas, Author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams)

Bravo to Samantha Seiple for her sensitive portrayal of the difficulties and the successes of Civil War nurses, as seen through the clear eyes of Louisa May Alcott.”―(Dr. Patricia Brady, Historian and Biographer)

“Seiple’s fluid style of writing…makes the story read like a novel.” — (Kirkus, December 15, 2018 Issue)

Death on the River of Doubt

California Reading Association, Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Gold Award, 2017

“Thrilling…crisply written, briskly paced…A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival.” — (Kirkus, October 1, 2016 Issue)

“Gripping…death-defying drama.” (Publishers Weekly, November 2016)

“Riveting.” (Jennifer Wharton, School Library Journal, February 2018)

“This compelling saga showcases another side of Roosevelt that will sweep up intrepid readers.” — (Julia Smith, Booklist, November 1, 2016)

“Seiple presents another compelling adventure…Personalities and competing interests invite readers to think beyond the straightforward survival plot line, though the plot twists will certainly pull readers along…Teachers may find this slim book useful as a mentor text for writing narrative nonfiction.” (Donna L. Phillips, VOYA, December 2016)

“Readers will enjoy a rapid ride through history in Death on the River of Doubt…Seiple adds realism to the story through explorers’ journal entries and photographs. In his darkest moments, Roosevelt may have doubted his expedition and his own survival, but there is no doubt this middle grade read earns high marks for historical accuracy and adventure.” (Lori K. Joyce, BookPage, January 2017)

“Packed with foreshadowing, Seiple hooks readers with suspenseful drama and weaves a background summary of Roosevelt into this compelling adventure story. Young readers will be drawn to seek out more stories about this incredible figure…Highly recommended.” (Laura Dooley-Taylor, School Library Connection, March/April 2017)

“Edge-of-the-seat…thrill-a-minute.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, February 2017)

“Powerful, dramatic…completely engrossing.” (Midwest Book Review, June 2017)

“Page-turning adventure.” (The Horn Book Guide)

“Thrilling…a fascinating read and a welcome addition to the social studies classroom and school library.” (Elisabeth Greenberg, Children’s Literature)

Lincoln’s Spymaster

Junior Library Guild Selection for December 2015

2015 Cybils Award Nomination

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List, Gems for All Ages

2018 – 2019 Great Words, Great Reads by Scripps National Spelling Bee

“A riveting account of Pinkerton’s life and adventures as America’s first detective…thrilling adventures…plenty of hair-raising plots and escapades...Lincoln’s Spymaster is a fantastic title to introduce fans of mystery and adventure to some true-life action.” — (Jennifer Wharton, School Library Journal’s Be Tween, May 16, 2016)

“Seiple has made factual history as arresting as any fictionalized detective story.” — (Joanna Kraus, The Mercury News, November 28, 2016)

“The detailed stories of thwarted plots, gambits behind enemy lines, and efforts to bring outlaws to justice will appeal to readers…absorbing.” — (Kirkus, July 15, 2015 Issue)

“Intriguing…the book is action-packed…The story telling brings to mind Sid Fleischman’s works.” — (Charla Hollingsworth, VOYA, August 1, 2015 Issue)

“Engrossing…Plenty of interesting tidbits should resonate with today’s readers…This appealing book reads like a novel.” — (Sharon Rawlins, Booklist, August 1, 2015)

“Fans of true crime stories should be delighted to follow in Pinkerton’s footsteps as he and his agents outsmart villain after villain.” — (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, November 2015)

“This master detective’s life is dramatically chronicled and should be a popular read, especially among students who like adventure.” — (Anitra Gordon, School Library Connection, February 2016)

“Seiple traces the history of the storied Pinkerton Detective Agency. Pinkerton, a principled and methodic leader, emerges as an inventive and believable human.” — (Horn Book Guide, March 31, 2016)

“Photographs throughout the book bring the nineteenth century to life for young readers who will be fascinated by the growth of the Pinkerton Detective Agency.” — (Shirley Nelson, Children’s Literature)

“Samantha Seiple has found a subject who will absolutely fascinate readers young and old in this well-written biography. The fast-paced story is told through clear, crisp prose and illustrated with great choices in very early photographs…Readers will love this fresh take on Pinkerton.” — (Rosi Hollinbeck, San Francisco Book Review)

“Intriguing is the perfect word to describe this title…History and spy enthusiasts will definitely want to put this title at the top of their list.” — (Jeanne Martin, M.Ed., Collection Development, Ingram)

Byrd & Igloo

2015 – 2016 Lamplighter Award Nominee

2016 – 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Study List

“Take one bold adventurer, mix in one scruffy, little fox terrier, shake it up with trips to the North and South Poles, and you have got an amazing true story of adventure and exploration that middle grade readers will dive into…the allure of adding a cute dog to a top-notch adventure story will pull young readers in and keep them there to the very end.” (Kris Sauer, Children’s Literature)

“Igloo’s personality is brought to life…delighting the reader with his loyalty and rambunctious antics.” (The Horn Book Guide)

“Their adventures read more like a novel than a history book…the use of a dog is an excellent gateway into polar adventure for elementary students and makes it a more compelling read…Overall, this is a solid and engaging look at Byrd’s explorations that will appeal to children interested in history and adventure.” (Elizabeth Nicolai, School Library Journal)

“Well-researched…Seiple pulls the reader into the narrative…Older children and adults will benefit from the knowledge presented of arctic and polar exploration. Useful for research and biography assignments, as well as pleasure reading…Highly recommended.” (Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Library Media Connection, January/February 2014 Issue)

“Fast-moving, exciting account of his adventures…this is a well-researched and welcomed piece of narrative nonfiction.” (J.B. Petty, Booklist, December 1, 2013 Issue)

“A captivating account young adults and preteens will find compelling.” (Children’s Bookwatch, Vol. 23, No. 12, December 2013)

“This account of three expeditions undertaken by aviator Richard Byrd serves as both an enthralling adventure and a story of the bond between man and dog.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A puppy abandoned on the streets of Washington, D.C. became famous as the only dog to explore the North and South Poles in this fascinating story of explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his dog Igloo.” (Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News)

“Packed with history, travel and a powerful relationship, this engaging children’s story is the perfect book-report project or simply a riveting read.” (Ranny Green, Seattle Kennel Club)

Ghosts in the Fog

2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award Nominee

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Nominee for 2012

Junior Library Guild Selection for the Fall 2011 List

North Carolina Battle of the Books List 2013 – 2014

2011 Cybils Award Nomination

“I thought this book was fantastic…The narrative of this work is so well executed and many readers will probably forget that they are reading nonfiction. Seiple weaves personal stories with historical facts to create an engaging tale of hardship and courage. She also drops clues and foreshadows things to come that will keep the reader turning the pages…I highly recommend this book.” (Lindsey Lobner, Mackin Educational Resources)

Samantha Seiple has done an amazing job of researching a little known battlefront in World War II, the Aleutian Islands… Ms. Seiple has brought us a treasure.” (Suzanne Lay, Library Media Connection)

“This nonfiction narrative tells a story that’s totally unknown to most people, one that’s so fascinating parents will be tempted to take the book right out of their child’s hands!..In a clear, you-are-there style…Ghosts in the Fog is a gripping look at an obscure part of American history.” (James Neal Webb, BookPage)

“Just when you thought everything that could be written about the major battles of World War II had been, along comes Ghosts in the Fog…her book will be a revelation for many readers… Ghosts in the Fog provides riveting descriptions and insights into the only World War II land battle in the Pacific waged on incorporated U.S. territory.” (Steve Fisher, retired Marine officer and combat veteran, North County Times)

“Her narrative presents a coherent overview…Best of all, she does this in an engaging style that holds the reader’s attention to the final page…Ghosts in the Fog is a well-written history that is aimed at teens but will interest adults as well.” (David A. James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

” The personal accounts and historical details are an important part of American history that needs to be told and shared…Highly recommended.” (Margaret Groeschen, SWON Libraries; ROYAL review)

“The well-written text reads easily, focusing on various individuals and military units and the feats they performed. The cooperation of the native Aleuts is well documented…The text is liberally illustrated with black-and-white images.” (Eldon Younce, School Library Journal)

“An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance.” (Kirkus)

“This is a well-researched and incredibly detailed narrative nonfiction book that honors the memory of those who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion.” (Taryn Bush, VOYA)

“This meticulously researched look at Japan’s secret and oft-forgotten invasion of the Aleutian Islands…will find an attentive audience…The book weaves numerous firsthand accounts with the surprising events. Seiple also gives careful consideration to the Aleut’s evacuation, mistreatment during the war, and eventual restitution.” (Angela Leeper, Booklist)

Mutants, Clones, and Killer Corn


“This is a thoughtful and well-researched title in the Discovery! series that will be useful for report writers and debaters as well as future scientists.” (Kay Weisman, Booklist)

“An excellent introduction to cutting-edge biology for young people or a resource for debates, class discussions, or thoughtful analysis papers.” (Claudia Fetters, National Science Teachers Association)

“A solid, up-to-date addition for reports and general-interest reading.” (Maren Ostergard, School Library Journal)

“It is a nice addition to collections in need of an update on the fast-developing field of biotechnology.” (Rebecca Hogue-Wojahn, VOYA)

“The title will be a welcome addition to the collection for reports or general interest.” (Sherrill Kumler, Bay Views)


Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book

A 2006 New York Public Library Book for The Teen Age (Brain Food)