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Terri Johnson is the creator of Knowledge Quest maps and timelines. Her mission for the company is to help make the teaching and learning of history and geography enjoyable for both teacher and students. Terri and Knowledge Quest recently won the “Excellence in Education” award granted by The Old Schoolhouse magazine for best geography company of 2003 and 2004. Terri resides in Gresham, Oregon with her husband Todd and their four children whom she teaches at home.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Biographies Available on Britney, None on Eleanor

Oregon homeschooling mom sees a gaping hole in the book industry and fills it

Gresham, Oregon, September 13, 2005 – Terri Johnson, mother and home educator to her four children, recognized a gaping hole in the book industry while searching for books for her children to read for history. Biographies for middle grade children abound on such individuals as Britney Spears, but none exist on historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine or the Empress Theodora. While she could find historical biographies in the form of picture books and a large assortment available for adults, she could not locate historically accurate, age-appropriate biographies for her middle grade students to read about the medieval time period.

“Although history textbooks contain facts and information and historical fiction provides entertainment, well-told biographies bridge the gap for children by combining historical accuracy along with engaging stories. It is time to bridge that gap for the middle grade student,” Johnson insists.

Johnson, Vice President of Knowledge Quest, Inc., which produces map and timeline products for the education community, set out to publish a four-part historical biography series. Recognizing her lack of time and resources to accomplish this task on her own in a timely fashion, she contracted with six other authors to complete the first volume.

This book, available late October in bookstores, is titled What Really Happened During the Middle Ages. It covers such fascinating individuals as St. Patrick, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc and many more.

Randy Alcorn, author of Deadline and Dominion, writes, “This is an engaging and spiritually rewarding compilation of biographies of fascinating people in the Middle Ages. I learned a lot from this enriching book, and enjoyed not only the stories, but the beautiful maps and illustrations.”

Johnson has put out a call for Writers Wanted for the next book to be published in the series covering historical figures from the Ancient time period (5000BC- 400AD). More information can be found at the website:


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