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Edith McCall taught for many years and worked as a reading consultant in elementary schools in La Grange, Illinois. During that time, she developed a strong interest in the people whose pioneering spirit built the United States of America. When she turned to writing as a full-time occupation, that interest was the basis for much of her work. She is the author of many books and articles for children and adults and a co-author of elementary school social studies textbooks. Her passion was writing books for children about many of the historical figures who helped to build America into what it is today—the early pioneers of this country, many of them largely unknown. For reference, she used original source material and even her old diaries. Her purpose was to make the true stories about the people who discovered and shaped America come alive to younger readers.