I write historical fiction and nonfiction for
children and teens. History is my time machine.
Join me for a journey into the past.

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New Nonfiction

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Immigration Nation Book Cover

Immigration Nation includes critical-thinking activities and research exercises to encourage readers to explore the past, present, and future of immigration from the viewpoints of immigrants, citizens, and policy makers as they wrestle with what it means to be an American in the 21st century.

Hands-On History Presentations

For Educators, Librarians and
Homeschooling Parents.

I offer flexible, interactive presentations based on historical themes. Students walk away from my presentations knowing that reading, writing and researching history is exciting and fun!


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Dioramas in the Classroom—Fun and Effective Project Based Learning

In the digital world of the 21st century, are dioramas an effective teaching tool? Some educators want teachers to abandon sugar cubes and shoe boxes for more high tech activities, insisting dioramas do not require students to engage in complex problem solving and critical thinking. However, there is no reason to dump the diorama. With a well-structured lesson, building a diorama requires students to analyze primary sources, deeply understand content, support a thesis, and solve engineering challenges to build a structure that incorporates key elements of design. Dioramas are sophisticated stuff.
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When I was working on my undergraduate degree in the early 1980’s, a boyfriend questioned my choice of major. "Why does history matter anyway? What’s a history degree going to get you besides winning at Trivial Pursuit?" Although I relished beating this guy every time we played the board game, my pursuit of the past had loftier aims. For 26 years I taught history to high school students. Now I write history books for children and teens. You see, I knew all along what my boyfriend didn’t. Understanding history isn’t trivial. It's vital.
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