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journalJean Fritz was born in November.

So, who is Jean Fritz? You may know her by the many wonderful historical books she’s written. Here are just a few:

The Cabin Faced West (about George Washington)
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?

Jean Fritz loves to take a real person from history and write intriguing novels about them for middle school readers. “As a biographer, I try to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character I research,” she says on scholastic.com.

So what does this have to do with you?

Now it’s your turn: Take a look at your history book, decide on one person who stands out to you, and write a journal entry for him or her on a particularly exciting or troubling day.

Use any facts you know about this person and the fascinating event they found themselves in. As you are having fun with this, you can make up conversations they had, food they ate, ideas or feelings they experiences, plans or dreams, and so on.

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