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Elle Thornton

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Washington, D.C., The United States



Everything I've ever read.

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February 2012

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

LINDSEY GAST, a singer and voice artist who manages a recording studio in Jacksonville, Fl, along with raising twins, has won high praise for her audiobook narration of The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis, a coming-of-age story set in 1957 on a Marine base with Emmett Till at its heart. In her narration, Gast dramatizes the voices of fifteen distinct characters and the voice of the story itself. Her... Read more of this blog post »
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