Guest Authors

September 28, 2007 · Grades 6-8

Author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, best known for her classic children’s characters Max, Ruby, Timothy, and Noisy Nora, has written a wonderfully complex novel for young adult readers.  Red Moon at Sharpsburg focuses on a young girl from Virginia named India Moody who dreams of attaining a higher education at a time when only one college in the country would accept women students.  India’s strength of character is tested as she deals with the harsh realities of the Civil War and its impact on her small rural town.

During the program, students visit the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. There they talk to re-enactors and find out what life was like for a soldier during the Civil War. In addition, Rosemary Wells answers questions from students about her childhood, writing historical fiction, the Civil War, and being an illustrator and writer.