Rebecca JonesAnnapolis, MD
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My name is Rebecca C. Jones, and this picture shows what I looked like when I was a fifth-grader at West Wayne Elementary School in Warsaw, Indiana.Rebecca Jones - 5th Grade

Back then, I was sure about two things: I hated school, and I wanted to be a clown in the Shrine Circus.

I never made it to the circus. Instead, I became a writer.  I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and even TV stations.  I’ve also written 16 books for kids.

Most of my books have been fiction, based on things that happened to me or to someone I know.  But my most recent books--and all of my newspaper and magazine articles--have been nonfiction, about things that really did happen.  I especially like learning and writing about real people who did interesting things a long time ago.

Maybe you like to write, too. If you do, why don't you send me an email?  I promise I'll write back!

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My Books


Captain John Smith's Big and Beautiful Bay
Illustrated by Linda Shute. Schiffer, 2011.

Captain John Smiths"In a tight, lucid narrative, Jones details Captain John Smith's two-thousand-mile Jamestown-based exploration of the Chesapeake Bay during the summer of 1608. Derived largely from primary source material, the exciting account is illustrated with soft-hued drawings and sketches." -- The Horn Book Guide to Children's and Young Adult Books

For information on how teachers can use this book across the curriculum, click here.

The Mystery of Mary Surratt - The Plot to Kill President Lincoln

Jacket photos courtesy of the Surratt House Museum. Tidewater Publishers, 2004,  Ages 9 and up.

Mystery of Mary Surratt"The Mystery of Mary Surratt is a straightforward treatment of a controversy in American history, concerning the role of Mary Surratt in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. ... [It] is a head-on, no-nonsense, and engrossing look at an individual criminal justice case presented in plain terms for general readers of all ages."
--The Midwest Book Review.

The President Has Been Shot! True Stories of the Attacks on Ten U.S. Presidents

Dutton, 1996. Ages 9 and up.

President Has Been Shot

  • Puffin paperback
  • Troll and Scholastic book clubs

"This book about presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations shows what a good book can come from the deft arrangement of historical facts."
--Philadelphia Inquirer.

For information on how teachers can use this book across the curriculum, click here.

The Biggest (and Best) Flag That Ever Flew

Illustrated by Charles Greer, Tidewater, 1988, 1993, ISBN 0-87033-440-9, $8.95. Ages 5 to 9.

The Biggest and Best Flag"Before you see the Star-Spangled Banner in the Museum of American History, read this charming story about the ladies who made the flag, Mrs. Pickersgill and her daughter Caroline. Sparkling illustrations."
-Travel for Kids.

For information on how teachers can us this book in math classes, click here.

Picture Books

Matthew and Tilly
Illustrated by Beth Peck. Dutton, 1991, Puffin, in English and Spanish. Ages 4 to 8.
Matthew and Tilly

  • ABA Pick of the List
  • Child Study Book of the Year
  • National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book
  • Reprinted by Treasury of Literature, Trumpet Book Club, SRA McGraw-Hill, Open Court, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster's New Reading Program, and Zaner-Bloser
  • Translated by Anaansi Uitgewers

"Matthew and Tilly were best friends who did everything together in their urban neighborhood. But like all friends, they quarreled--and then they made up. A lovely story of the ordinariness of life."
- New York Times Book Review

Great Aunt Martha

Illustrated by Shirley Jackson. Dutton, 1995, Ages 4 to 8.
Great Aunt Martha

  • Reprinted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers

"This intergenerational story is a delight to read aloud. … Great Aunt Martha really is great!"
- School Library Journal starred review.

Down at the Bottom of the Deep Dark Sea

Illustrated by Virginia Wright-Frierson, Bradbury Press, 1991. Ages 4 to 8.
Down at the Bottom of the Deep Dark Sea

  • ABA Pick of the List
  • Junior Library Guild selection

"The gentle message about conquering fear, supported by the detailed paintings, make this a good book for sharing and discussing."

I Am Not Afraid

Illustrated by Patricia Mattozi, Concordia, 1986, Ages 2 to 5.

"Lets preschoolers know that in Jesus they have a Friend who keeps them safe."
-Family Connection

The Biggest, Meanest, Ugliest Dog in the Whole Wide World
Illustrated by Wendy Watson, Macmillan, 1982. Ages 4 to 8.

  • Weekly Reader paperback
  • International Reading Association Children's Choice

"Jones's feverish story about Jonathan, small and helpless, and the neighbor's dog, huge and strong, begins and ends pretty much as readers will expect, but they will have tons of fun taking in the events in between."
-Publishers Weekly


The Believers
Arcade, 1989, Ages 9 to 13.

The Believers

  • International Reading Association Children's Choice
  • National Council for Social Studies Notable Book
  • Random House paperback

"This fast-paced, absorbing story … features skillful characterization and avoids the stereotyping that is suggested by the themes of parental neglect and religious fanaticism. … A well written, involving novel."
-School Library Journal starred review






Germy Blew It
Dutton, 1987, Ages 8 to 12
Germy Blew It

  • Troll, Weekly Reader book clubs
  • International Reading Association Children's Choice
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Children
  • Featured on CBS Storybreak
  • Rangeley Productions screenplay
  • Translated by Hutchinson Children's Books, Beaver Books

"Jeremy Bluett, known to his friends as Germy Blew It, has organized a classroom strike to protest budget cuts at his school. … This one will not have to be sold to kids--word of mouth will do the job."



Germy Blew It - Again!
Holt, 1988, Ages 8 to 12.

  • Random House paperback
  • Translated by Hutchinson Children's Books, Beaver Books

"When his parents consent to getting a pair of gerbils, Germy sees profit in their progeny. … A light-hearted look at middle-grade life."

Germy Blew the Bugle
Arcade, 1990, Ages 8 to 12.

  • Random House paperback

"Never discouraged, Germy is now planning a money-making scheme: a newspaper for his elementary school. … Such a kid's-eye view of adults, especially teachers and lunchroom workers, was written by someone who has been there! Buy it!"
-Library Talk

Germy in Charge
Dutton, 1993, Ages 8 to 12.

"The funniest in an always amusing series."

Madeline and the Great (Old) Escape Artist
Dutton, 1983, Ages 8 to 12.

"Already unhappy about moving from Chicago to tiny Sycamore after the divorce of her parents, Madeline is even more upset after suffering a surprise seizure at school. … Absorbing and believable."

Angie and Me
Macmillan, 1981, Ages 8 to 12.

  • Translated by Wahlstroms Bakfolag

"In Jones's well-told and unsentimental story, readers feel they are listening to the narrator, Jenna, almost 12 when she's sent to a children's hospital for what looms as an endless summer."
-Publishers Weekly

For Educators

Living with HIV/AIDS: Students Tell Their Stories of Stigma, Courage, and Resilience
National School Boards Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006.

The Next Chapter: A School Board Guide to Improving Adolescent Literacy
National School Boards Association with funding from The Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2006

Building and Sustaining After-School Programs: Successful Practices in School Board Leadership
National School Boards Association with funding from the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, 2005.

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