Writing for young readers -- whether middle graders or teens -- challenges them to make connections. That's what writng history is all about! Learning to research a particular topic -- whether is women war correspondents, national parks, Isaac Newton, or the evolution of hip-hop -- get started on one small detail and it will lead you in any number of directions!
People ask me how I decide on my subjects. Some are so famous that it's an easy choice. Others I stumble upon as I read old library books and internet archives -- that's where it's great fun to find an intriguing person and see what I can dig up about him or her. Until we all plugged into the internet, research used to take days and weeks with onsite visits to library basements. .Now it takes seconds.
Just for fun, I'm sending you on a few different research quests via the web -- all little journeys among the lives of the sixteen women in my book.
|Helen (Johns) and Lucien Kirtland|
Why was the happy couple wintering in France? After all, there was a war on! Then take your research forward. Be careful - there are two guys with the name Lucien Kirtland out there. And be sure to include the Library of Congress in your web search.
|Janine di Giovanni|
|Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway in China.|
|Who was she?|