Wetzel County Author Completes Historical Children’s Book

Wetzel County resident and retired teacher Jan Thornton Jones announces the publication of her third children’s book, “Last Letter To Gettysburg.”

This book is historical fiction and is intended for the middle aged reader -approximately fourth grade and up to adult. The story takes place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania following the battle that took place there.

The book consists of two parts. First is Papa’s last letter written to Levi and his mother.

The letter does not arrive until after Papa’s death. Through Papa’s last letter, the reader is exposed to the beautiful and expressive language of the day. It contains many of Papa’s thoughts about patriotism and self-sacrifice.

The second part of the book is the story of Levi who is hoping to meet President Lincoln at the dedication of the cemetery in Gettysburg.

The book introduces the reader to President Lincoln’s speech, later known as the Gettysburg address.

This story is unique in that it introduces the young reader to many factual aspects of the very complex Civil War, but it avoids much of the horror of that war.

Jones feels that it is essential that history be taught to our children. It is through history that we have an understanding of who we are and where we have been. Jones has always been fascinated by the stories of heroism, patriotism and the bravery of the soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Through her desire to teach a bit of this history and to impart some important values, the idea of “Last Letter To Gettysburg” was born.

Jones taught for both Wetzel and Tyler County schools. She is a graduate of Magnolia High School and has three degrees from West Virginia University. “Last Letter To Gettysburg” was published by Headline Books Inc., the 2020 Independent Publisher of the Year.

Her first book is a faith-based book called “The Angel In The Park.”. It deals with a little girl who feels compelled to help the homeless people in her community. Her second book, “Why Me?” is the story of a very active little boy who seems to bring trouble to every situation both at school and at home.

“Last Letter To Gettysburg,” as well as her other two books, are available on Amazon.com or through the author’s website janjonesbooks.com. In New Martinsville, The Cellar Door on North Street carries signed copies of all three books.


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