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  pj hartenaus

p.j. hartenaus lives in a small town in the Midwest. She presently teaches fourth and fifth grade at Abraham Lincoln School who love to hear her stories of the past. She enjoys reading historical fiction novels to her students and teaching them the power of writing.  Between teaching, and enjoying her adult children, p.j. still finds the time to explore the lush, rolling hills of this unglaciated area of Galena in the Northwest corner of Illinois. It was on one of those explorations, that she came upon a deserted one-room school house called Belden. That find led to numerous discoveries such as old journals and artifacts, personal stories from many of Belden's elderly students, and many anecdotal conversations with those who knew about the old school. 

The Belden Boy Series- the adventures of Peter McDugal  was born from that discovery...  and the rest is history!

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 pj hartenaus 
  p.j. hartenaus

P.j. hartenaus lives in a small town in the Midwest. She presently teaches fourth and fifth grade at Abraham Lincoln School who love to hear her stories of the past. She enjoys reading historical fiction novels to her students and teaching them the power of writing.  Between teaching, and enjoying her adult children, p.j. still finds the time to explore the lush, rolling hills of this unglaciated area of Galena in the Northwest corner of Illinois. It was on one of those explorations, that she came upon a deserted one-room school house called Belden. That find led to numerous

discoveries such as old journals and artifacts, personal stories from many of Belden's elderly students, and many anecdotal conversations with those who knew about the old school. 

The Belden Boy Series- the adventures of Peter McDugal  was born from that discovery...  and the rest is history!

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