Last Letter to Gettysburg

This is the story of Levi, a young boy who lives in Gettysburg, PA during The Civil War. Levi’s father was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg.

Following his father’s death, Levi receives one last letter and a button from his father’s uniform. Through this last letter, we are taught the valuable lessons of patriotism and self-sacrifice. We also see the letter intertwined with Levi’s own experiences during the battle in his hometown of Gettysburg.

When Levi attends the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, he hears President Lincoln’s address to the visitors at Gettysburg and even has the opportunity to share his father’s letter with President Lincoln. This book is historical fiction and intended for a middle grade reader.

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Why Me?

"Why Me?" is the story of Dallas, a very active and impulsive little boy who feels that troubles follow him everywhere.  Because of the many problems that occur around him, he asks, "Why Me?  Why does everything always happen to me?"

After falling off of a swing at school, Dallas ends up in the hospital with a broken leg.  He feels sad because of his "bad luck" and is afraid that all of his friends are mad at him.

Through the kindness and wisdom of an elderly man that he meets in the hospital, Dallas begins to realize that what he thought was "bad luck" is really the natural consequences of his own actions.

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The Angel in City Park

While sitting in church with her family, Sadie hears this scripture. On the way home from church on this bitterly cold and snowy night, Sadie sees a fire in the park and discovers for the first time that there are people who are without homes and who may be cold and hungry.

With her mother’s help, Sadie decides to take some food and a warm blanket to the park where she leaves them at the stone statue of an angel. The word is spread at school, and soon other children and adults in the community begin to do the same.

This is the story of a young child’s ability to make a difference in her community. By doing so, has Sadie actually served an angel in disguise?

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Coloring Pages

Download and print Sadie's coloring pages and enjoy this special activity with your child!


  • Last Letter to Gettysburg Available Now
      Jan’s new book Last Letter to Gettysburg is now available for ordering. She has always been fascinated by the heroism, patriotism and bravery of the soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. These acts of valor, along with the ageless wisdom of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, served as the inspiration for Last Letter to Gettysburg Read more...

About Jan

Jan was born in Texas but moved to New Martinsville, West Virginia, where she went to Magnolia High School and then to West Virginia University. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in communication studies, and a master's degree in early intervention special education.

Jan owned and operated her own preschool for many years, then taught pre-kindergarten through first grade for Wetzel County Schools until retirement.

Jan has been married to Don for forty years. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Jan is a frequent pianist and vocalist at her local church and enjoys quilting and reading!

Jan Thornton Jones holding both of her books
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