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Jean Woodbury

Jean Woodbury captures the beauty of the human spirit by writing about children who find courage when they need it most. She began her career as an elementary school teacher at Schofield Barracks, an army base in Hawaii, and later transferred to a Filipino community on a pineapple plantation nearby. After meeting her husband, who was stationed on a submarine out of Pearl Harbor, Jean moved to New England where she earned a Ph.D. in higher education, taught college courses, and served as an academic dean. She’s a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and writes for ages seven and up, focusing primarily on historical fiction. Shortly after she began writing for children, her story, "Marion P. Shadd, Freeborn Child of the American Civil War," won Lee and Low Books’ writing contest for biographical profiles; it was published on the company’s website. Jean lives in Massachusetts with her family and continues to write about people and places that have found a special place in her heart. Visit Jean's Website.