About Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915-2000)
McGraw was a children’s author who wrote three Newbery Honor books. She wrote several well-known historical fiction novels, and she also contributed to the Oz series that started with L. Frank Baum.
How I discovered her:
As a kid, I had this fantastic history curriculum that was basically a large collection of the world’s best historical fiction. It featured three of her books (The Golden Goblet, Moccasin Trail, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile), and they were among my dearest favorites. I read those books over and over again, and she is entirely to blame for my brief obsession with Ancient Egypt.
Why I love her books:
She brought history to my living room with colorful descriptions and clever plots packed with danger, romance, and suspense. They were deeply absorbing stories, and my reluctance to pull myself away resulted in more than one scolding. Her characters sparkled with life and personality . . . Mara, in particular, taught me to love strong, independent heroines.
Favorite book by her:
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
The Golden Goblet, Moccasin Trail, The Moorchild, The Seventeenth Swap, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile