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Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults. Many of his books have focused on US history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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Herb Dunn

Herb Dunn is a pseudonym for a well-known author. Under this name, he also wrote Joe DiMaggio: Young Sports Hero.

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Marie Hammontree

Marie Hammontree (1913–2012) was born in Indiana and lived there her entire life. She was the author of several books, including Will and Charlie Mayo, Boy Doctors; A. P. Giannini, Boy of San Francisco; Albert Einstein, Young Thinker; Mohandas Gandhi, A Boy of Principle; and Walt Disney, Young Movie Maker.

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Dharathula H. Millender

Dharathula Millender was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She earned a BS from Indiana State Teachers College and an MS from Purdue University. Mrs. Millender was a teacher and school librarian. She is the author of several books, including biographies of the young Crispus Attucks, Louis Armstrong, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Helen Albee Monsell

Helen Albee Monsell is the author of biographies about Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, and Robert E. Lee.

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Flora Warren Seymour

Flora Warren Seymour (1888–1948) was an attorney and writer who was the first woman member of the Board of Indian Commissioners. Flora Warren was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a BA from George Washington University. She was working for the United States government at the time of her marriage to George Steele Seymour in 1915, who was also a writer. With her husband, she helped found the Order of Bookfellows, and also published and edited the monthly magazine The Step-Ladder.

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George E. Stanley

George Stanley was a Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics at Cameron University. In between prepping class lectures and grading papers, he found the time to write for children. He was also the author of Night Fires and the Third-Grade Detectives series.

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Augusta Stevenson

Augusta Stevenson was a writer of children’s books and a teacher. She wrote several Childhood of Famous Americans titles, including books about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, Sitting Bull, Benjamin Franklin, and Molly Pitcher.

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Guernsey Van Riper Jr.

Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. attended DePauw University in 1926. He earned two varsity letters as quarterback on the football team and one letter as a first baseman on the baseball team. After graduating, he worked in advertising then became an editor at Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company. He turned his love of sports into books, writing biographies of Lou Gehrig and Knute Rockne along with ten other children’s books.

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Jean Brown Wagoner

Jean Brown Wagoner (1896–1996) was the author of several titles including Louisa Alcott, Girl of Old Boston; Martha Washington, Girl of Old Virginia; Abigail Adams, A Girl of Colonial Days; Jessie Fremont, A Girl of Capitol Hill; and Julia Ward Howe, Girl of Old New York.

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Ann Weil

Anne Weil was the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice, Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag, and Red Sails to Capri, which was a 1953 Newbery Honor Book.

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