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With the nation convulsed by civil war, Elise Brannon wants people to look past the depressing news that arrives daily from the battlefields: Through her love of acting, she'll make them laugh and forget-at least for awhile. But even her optimism is challenged when a family friend dies from battle wounds. . .she's captured by a band of deserters. . .and President Lincoln is assassinated. Elise the Actress uses actual historical events to tell the poignant fictional story of a ten-year-old girl growing up in very trying times. It's an excellent tool for teaching both history and the Christian faith!

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Norma Jean Lutz

Norma Jean Lutz, is an author, speaker, writing instructor, and novel critique consultant. She has been in the writing/publishing industry all her adult life. Her first bylines appeared on hundreds of magazine articles and short stories. Today her list of published books stands at more than fifty.

The greater number of Norma Jean's books are aimed at teens and pre-teens. Check out her website: http://www.cleanteenreads.net/ and her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CleanTeenReadsNet/

"I have to write like I have to breathe," says Norma Jean. "I cannot say I love just 'having written.' I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of creating a story. I literally get drunk on story/plot creation." Then she adds, "It's like a natural, creative high."

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