American History

The Eagle’s Quill Arrives!

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in American History, BOOK: The Eagle's Quill, Secrets of the Seven | 0 comments

The Eagle's Quill

Sam and his friends Martina and Theo must brave the wilderness of Glacier National Park to find Thomas Jefferson’s quill pen.

Just released: The Eagle’s Quill, second volume in The Secret of the Seven series. Get your American history with a side dish of breathless action and entertaining brain-teasers as three friends race against the bad guys to find the quill pen Thomas Jefferson used to write the Declaration of Independence.

“Another page-turner of a quest.”

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Curious George, the Refugee

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in American History, Children's Literature | 0 comments

51POFD+8PTL._SX418_BO1,204,203,200_Those who fled war and political persecution have enriched our society in so many ways–including with words and images. Curious George is only one of the characters created by authors and illustrators from all over the world who made the United States a refuge and a home.

For more books created by refugees, click here.

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Read, My Child. Read.

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in American History, Educators & Librarians, Race | 0 comments

Let’s be thankful for libraries, for heroes who marched, for books that share experiences and emotions and lives. John Lewis, thank you.


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Visiting with Ben

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in American History, Book: The Eureka Key, Historical Fiction | 0 comments

Ben kindly greeted me at the visitor's center.

Ben kindly greeted me at the visitor’s center.

On book tour in Philadelphia (yes, I still love saying that), I got the chance to visit the Franklin Museum on the site where Ben Franklin’s former home and print shop stood. Fantastic museum, so well done! Since he is a major player in The Eureka Key, I feel a bond with him. Once you write about a person, it does sort of turn them into your best friend.


Franklin used this contraption to store electricity. It’s kind of like a colonial-era battery. He was fascinated by electricity and tinkered with it constantly. The kite and the key are his most famous experiment, but not the only one.






The “ghost houses” outline the space where Franklin’s home and his son-in-law’s print shop once stood. Evocative and strangely beautiful


The glass harmonium itself–invented by Franklin, it plays a key part in a pivotal scene of the novel.

Isn't it amazing what archaeology can, er, dig up?

Isn’t it amazing what archaeology can, er, dig up?

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