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Susan VanHecke | Susan VanHecke

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Feb.13.2014
The Under the Freedom Tree blog tour rolls on at ReaderKidZ! More awesome questions for moi; illustrator London Ladd's interview coming soon. Thanks, ReaderKidZ, for helping us share the all-true tale of the daring contraband slaves of the Civil War and how their brave actions...
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Feb.13.2014
Next stop on the Under the Freedom Tree blog tour: Smart Books for Smart Kids! Thanks so much for the opportunity to share in-depth the true story of the contraband slaves of the Civil War, who bravely launched the beginning of slavery's end. An interview with yours truly today; be...
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Feb.10.2014
  The Under the Freedom Tree blog tour continues with the awesome Good Reads with Ronna, a terrific place to find reviews and info about children's books and other educational products. Thanks for the thoughtful questions, Ronna, and for helping spread the word about ...
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Feb.05.2014
So the lovely Laura Purdie Salas (teacher, speaker, mentor, and poetic author of A Leaf Can Be and the forthcomingWater Can Be, plus Bookspeak! Poems about Books, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, and many more) is doing a super-cool...
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Jan.20.2014
UPS guy just delivered an unexpected but totally apropos gift on this MLK Day: a big ol' box o' Under the Freedom Tree, my just-released children's book about how the contraband slaves of the Civil War took their fate into their own hands on the journey to freedom.  That little Junior...
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Jan.07.2014
Today's the day! Happy book birthday, Under the Freedom Tree! It's been an exciting journey from inspiration—a photo of a gorgeous historic oak tree in Hampton, Virginia—to passion—learning of the daring actions that took place near, and even under, Emancipation Oak—to breath-holding—a free-...
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Dec.31.2013
Closing out 2013 with the perfect party music! Been revising my kidlit bio of Mexican bandleader/stereo sound pioneer  Esquivel! for Charlesbridge Publishing—his eccentric exotica experimentalism makes me smile (and also alliterate, apparently)!  Happy, happy New Year, all—2014...
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Dec.15.2013
Author, educator, consultant, and Simple Saturday blogger Debbie Gonzales wrote a beautiful post about Under the Freedom Tree, my forthcoming free-verse picture book about the contraband slaves of the Civil War. I'm so grateful! Deb also created an amazing education guide...
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Dec.05.2013
It's here, the Under the Freedom Tree education guide!  Click now for the thirty-page guide aligned with Core Curriculum State Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning for English, history/social studies, and Virginia studies. Created by educator and author ...
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Nov.13.2013
Okay, so big, fat important review #2 is in for Under the Freedom Tree—my picture book about the contraband slaves of the Civil War, illustrated by London Ladd—this one from Publishers Weekly!  Yummy bits: "In staccato verse, VanHecke illuminates an absorbing slice of Civil War...