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

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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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New Narrative Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers

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

Through Their Eyes—Letters from Soldiers in the Civil War

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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.