At the time of the American Revolution, nearly one third of all colonists were Tories, or Loyalists, who remained loyal to the king of England and believed that English laws were fair and just. They opposed the rebels who were arming and drilling to prepare for war. The story of Katie's Trunk shows how neighbor turned against neighbor in the growing trouble with England.
Meet the Author
When she writes historical fiction, Ann Turner tries to imagine herself as a child, alive in a particular time and place. She asks herself, "What would I do then? How would I feel and react?"
The story for Katie's Trunk came from a conversation between Turner and her aunt about an old trunk that used to be in her grandmother's basement. "'One of our ancestors hid in it when the Revolutionary soldiers came,' she told me one day. I was astonished. `You mean we were Tories?' I had to write a story about it, and the character of Katie came to mind - a rebellious, spirited girl (as I was) who would have wanted to protect her family's things from the rebels." Turner's other books include Dakota Dugout, Dust for Dinner, Red Flower Goes West, and Mississippi Mud: Three Prairie Journals.
Meet the Illustrator
As a child in Cleveland, Ohio, Ron Himler spent many hours each week drawing at his grandmother's house. Since then, in a career that spans three decades, he has illustrated more than eighty books.
Himler lives in the American Southwest, where his special interest is researching and painting the ceremonies of Native Americans.
To find out more about Ann Turner and Ron Himler, visit Education Place. www.eduplace.com/kids
by Ann Turner
illustrations by Ron Himler
What would it be tike to be a Tory if your neighbors were Patriots? When you read, summarize the conflict between Katie's family and their neighbors.