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When Ellen is not jumping into wormholes and traveling through time, she's busy at her computer creating adventure stories for kids. She enjoys bringing the past to life, sharing her many adventures through gripping tales. For instance, sailing with Odysseus across the Mediterranean Sea was really thrilling, and so was attending a gladiatorial game in Ancient Rome. And once, Ellen stood beside Arthur, the Rightful King, as he raised Excalibur up high. She also hitched a ride to the New World on the Mayflower, not to mention sailing the Seven Seas with pirates!

But how is this possible, you might ask? People cannot travel through time!

Ah . . . but they can . . . with a good book anything is possible. Time travel lies at your finger tips with every turn of the page.

Ellen Jellison received a degree in Anthropology and has worked as an Archaeologist for the US Forest Service. Ellen is also a retired middle grade teacher having taught English and what else? History, of course!

Favorite authors/illustrators: Jan Brett, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Morgan-The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman, Bernard Cornwell, Larry McMurtry, Libba Bray, JK Rowling, Lloyd Alexander, Avi, Rosemary Sutcliff, Laurie Halse Anderson . . . and the talented Turbo Monkeys!!

How I Monkey Around: Camping and boating, taking long walks, gardening, investigating new and used book stores, visiting museums, doing research, road trips and boutique shopping.

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