Explore New York! Authors H-L

Hallenbeck, Bruce. Monsters of New York: Mysterious Creatures in the Empire State. 2013.
From the Adirondacks and the Catskills to the depths of Lake Champlain and the shores of Montauk, Monsters of New York takes the reader on a journey covering bizarre beasts of the Empire State.

Haring Fabend, Firth. New Netherland in a Nutshell. 2012.
The story of New Netherland is told in a highly readable fashion; from the exploration of Henry Hudson in 1609 to the final transfer of the Dutch colony to the English in 1674. The work introduces the multicultural makeup of the population and the influence of distinctive Dutch traits such as tolerance, free trade, and social mobility, all of which persisted long after New Netherland became New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Hauser, Brook. The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens. 2012.
Freelance writer Hauser tracks the staff and students at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, New York, providing their personal histories as well as their day-to-day experiences.
2012 Alex Award

Helprin, Mark. Winter’s Tale. 2008.
This is a sweeping epic of New York City and the Hudson Valley covering the entire 20th century, and told through the story of Peter Lake, an orphan, burglar, mechanic and romantic hero. An unforgettable blend of history, realism and fantasy.

Hermes, Will. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever. 2011.
Discusses the music scene in the 1970s and how it changed music for today.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1915. 2003.
Photographs and text document the experiences of five individuals from Belarus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania, who came to live in the Lower East Side of New York City as children or young adults at the turn of the 20th century.

House, Kirk W. The 1972 Flood in New York’s Southern Tier. 2012.
Presents vintage photographs, with explanatory captions, examining the history of the 1972 flood in New York’s Southern Tier.

Hughes, Langston. Vintage Hughes. 2004.
This compilation includes excerpts and poems from the work of Langston Hughes.

Jacobson, Sidney, and Ernie Colón. The 9/11 Report. 2006.
An illustrated version of the 9/11 Report based on the report issued by the Federal Government after 9/11.

Jacobson, Sidney and Ernie Colón. After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001- ). 2008.
A pair of best-selling graphic novel artists explore the post-September 11th world in an illustrated work that depicts critical events, responses, and the consequences of the War on Terror.

Kazimiroff, Theodore. The Last Algonquin. 1997.
As recently as 1924, a lone Algonquin Indian lived quietly in Pelham Bay Park, a wild and isolated corner of New York City. Many years later, as an old man, he entrusted his legacy to the young Boy Scout who became his only friend, and here that young boy’s son passes it on to us.

Kim, Susan, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin. City of Spies. 2010.
Evelyn, who usually entertains herself with a pencil and a piece of paper, makes a new friend and leaves her artwork behind to look for real spies. When the pair discovers an actual mystery, Evelyn wonders if she will end up in an adventure similar to the comics she writes.

Klass, David. Grandmaster. 2014.
Freshman Daniel is a pretty average rookie on a high-school chess team made up of mostly attractive overachievers. So, he’s surprised to be invited to a father-son tournament, until he discovers that his father was a teenager grandmaster.

Kwok, Jean. Girl in Translation. 2010.
Kim Chang and her mother move to Brooklyn from Hong Kong after Kim’s father dies. Kim goes to school during the day, and then joins her mother working in a sweatshop owned by her bitter older sister. Kim excels, winning a scholarship to a private school, and falls in love with a boy who also helps his mother fill the sweatshop quotas.

Legrand, Claire. Winterspell. 2014.
To find her abducted father and keep her sister safe from the lecherous politicians of 1899 New York City, Clara must journey to the wintry kingdom of Cane, where Anise, queen of the faeries, has ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human regime.

Levithan, David. The Lover’s Dictionary. 2011.
A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship set in New York City.
2012 Alex Award

Lewis, Stewart. You Have Seven Messages. 2011.
Luna’s mother died a year ago when she was hit by a car on the busy streets of New York City’s East Village. Devastated by the sudden death of her mother, it takes Luna a full year to finally begin to clean out her mother’s office. When she does, she finds seven voice mails on her mother’s cell phone that reveal her mother’s death was not what it originally seemed.

Lyga, Barry. Game. 2013.
After solving a deadly case in the small town of Lobo’s Nod, Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial murderer, travels to New York to help the police track down the Hat-Dog Killer.