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Born in Glendale, California, Beatrice grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College, she worked in publishing near San Francisco. There she met and married Robert Gormley, and they moved to Massachusetts. They have two daughters.
Since age 9 Beatrice had wanted to become a writer. But it wasn't until after her children were born that she really focused on her writing. In 1981 her first book, Mail Order Wings,was published. Since then she's written many popular novels and biographies for young people. Her most recent books are Barack Obama: Our 44th President; Poisoned Honey, a novel of Mary Magdalene; and Friends of Liberty, a novel of the Boston Tea Party.


Two eleven-year-old friends, Jason and Chazz, are yanked out of their present-day lives and into the nineteenth century by the pleas of a ghost. The troubled spirit turns out to be a boy their age, Jem, a runaway slave from Tennessee. Jem traveled the Underground Railroad, Jason and Chazz discover, only to meet a
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Fifth Grade Magic (Children's Books)
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Description: Gretchen Nichols fully expects to be the star of the fifth-grade play. But just before the teacher picks the cast, Gretchen accidentally gets on her wrong side. Mrs. Sheppard doesn’t give Gretchen any part at all! Even worse, she gives the starring role to Amy Sacher, who speaks her lines like a robot. Gretchen is desperate enough to try anything—even to believe in magic. Little does Gretchen know her troubles are just beginning—with hilarious results.
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I'm fascinated by ancient civilizations, and I'm impressed with the painstaking labors of archeologists and others who dig up (literally and figuratively) and interpret information about past worlds. I'm also fascinated with people so passionate abou...more
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