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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Based on a True Story

E. F. Abbott’s Based on a True Story books are exciting historical fiction stories about real children who lived through extraordinary times in American History, featuring black-and-white illustrations and photographs throughout.

“In one of four titles launching the Based on a True Story series, Abbott profiles the youngest known soldier in the American Civil War…Twenty short chapters, interwoven with archival photos and Noble’s line drawings, depict the grueling realities of a being a Civil War soldier…while dashes of hope…help keep this war story palatable for younger audiences.”—Publishers Weekly (on John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy)

  • John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy
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    • John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

    • Based on a True Story
      E. F. Abbott
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    • Meet the youngest person to fight in the civil war in this middle grade historical fiction novel, part of the Based on a True Story series.

      Do you have what it takes to run off...

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  • Mary Jemison: Native American Captive
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    • Mary Jemison: Native American Captive

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    • Meet the colonial girl who was adopted into the Seneca nation in this middle grade historical fiction novel, part of the Based on a True Story series.

      What happens when everything you...

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  • Nettie and Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters
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    • Nettie and Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters

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    • Meet the twins who traveled on the orphan train to find their forever home in this middle grade historical fiction novel, part of the Based on a True Story series.

      Can you imagine...

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  • Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider
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    • Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider

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    • Meet the brave girl whose midnight ride, like Paul Revere's, made her a hero of the American Revolution, in this middle grade historical fiction novel, part of the Based on a True Story...

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E. F. Abbott

E. F. Abbott is a pseudonym for Karen Romano Young, author of Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles. She has written more than a dozen books for children. Karen and her family live in Bethel, Connecticut.