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Early Thunder ~ by Jean Fritz
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Jean Fritz talks about her reasons for writing . . .

Why do I write so much about history?  Sometimes I think it is because I spent my childhood in China, hearing about America from my missionary parents and having to wait until I was thirteen to get here.  So I felt a need to make up for lost time.  I determined to get to know all I could BD06300_.WMF (5928 bytes)about America, past and present.

Sometimes I think it is because I like stories, and of course history is packed jam-full of stories.  Every person has his or her own stories, and I like to find out about them.  It's a little like eavesdropping and I'm pretty good at that!

Sometimes I think it's because I enjoy research so much.  For every book I write, I have to read a great deal and usually travel to the place where that person lived.  It's like being a detective.  I want to find the truth, so I never make up anything in these books, not even conversation.  If you see quotation marks, you can be sure I have a source for them.

The research often turns up surprises.  (Who would think that young Patrick Henry was remembered for wearing clean underwear?)  And it often leads to adventures.  When I wrote about King George III, I went to London where there was an exhibit of his personal belongings, including his clocks of which he was so proud.

Jean Fritz has written many historical books for young people.  Some of her other titles include:

  • China Homecoming
  • Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers
  • You Want to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
  • Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
  • Why Not, Lafayette?