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

New Mayhem & Mystery titles are here!

These true tales from history feature gore, greed, tragedy, and courage and are guaranteed to enthrall kids ages 9 to 12.

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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Recent Posts

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Why History Matters: A Teacher's Rationale

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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New Narrative Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers

Watch out! More Mayhem & Mystery is heading your way. These…

Through Their Eyes—Letters from Soldiers in the Civil War

Soldiers' letters offer students an intimate view of the impact of war. In this lesson, students analyze letters written by soldiers during the Civil War.