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“As a former elementary teacher, I know that children will learn and retain historical facts if presented in an entertaining fashion. Sue Ella Morgan is a fictitious Southern girl who gets into a lot of scrapes, but Anne Bonner makes her quite believable, as she weaves facts with fiction. Not many people know that the citizens of Jacksonville, Florida, lived under Federal rule four times during the Civil War. I feel it is important for children to know that bleak time of American history.”
Artist, playwright, published songwriter, novelist
Anne with Janice Hess( far left), a 4th grade teacher. Here’s what she said about the first book in the Civil War trilogy: Secrets at Pine Haven, Civil War Comes to Florida:
“Anne Bonner takes Florida history and brings it to life through exciting adventure and dialogue in Secrets. Even the events leading up to the War Between the States and a 14-year old girl as a Confederate spy is different and appealing! My students are fascinated with the spirited and colorful characters. The book is a perfect “read aloud” for the 4th grade curriculum.” – Janice Hess
A Sense of American History
Anne will always be grateful to Don David Argo, author of Canaveral Light, (pictured in the photo to the right with Anne) for his guidance and encouragement. Don, you are missed.