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Elle Thornton

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My background as the daughter of a career Marine and my professional experience as a newspaper reporter, technical writer, and instructor in freshman English helped prepare me to write The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis.

I only knew Emmett Till's name from the Bob Dylan song, "Ballad of Emmett Till," until one of my African-American students mentioned the name to me: Something in my student's eyes and voice told me I needed to find out about Emmett. I am very grateful to say that I did. Since then I've learned that too many adults and young people of different racial backgrounds, even African-Americans, do not know the name or story of Emmett Till.

I've also learned that there are few works of fiction in the middle-grade/young adult category about...more

Hello fellow readers and authors: I want to share information about The Military Writers Society of America, which just awarded me, I'm honored to report, a Bronze Medal in Historical Fiction for The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis.

I discovered the group by accident, and consider myself lucky to have fallen in with this growing band of smart fun people. At the awards banquet, I dined with a Navy Ad... Read more of this blog post »
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