Yes, we can!

On the third day before the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) start, many hopeful writers warm up for the task at hand. Happily another victory for writers may encourage each of us to persevere. 

Gail Elliott Downs has published her 20-year project, The Black Suitcase Mystery, A WWII Remembrance. She was the keeper of a black valise filled with letters, photographs and telegrams mailed to her great-aunt Hazel in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Fifth grade students responded with enthusiasm to the mystery within the suitcase. With the support of her principal, Ms Downs ran with the stories that captured her students’ attention and published a delightful book.

Her book is available on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon. This book is remarkable in many ways. Many people, photographs, documentation and personal letters move through 1991-1995 with the investigative process belonging chiefly to 10 year-old students.

Ms. Downs has received commemorations from many sources as well as a 1994 Memorial Day Speech in Arlington National Cemetery by President Bill Clinton. I can visualize how many groups of potential readers would embrace this book. Congratulations, Gail.

Check it out!

Keep writing.


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