Jean Fritz, author

Jean Fritz, children’s author and one-time Dobbs Ferry resident, died May 14, 2017 at her home in Sleepy Hollow, NY at age 101.  Popular biographies and non-fiction titles include: “And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?” “Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?” and “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution!” A thorough researcher, Fritz made history come alive with humor. Born in China in 1915 to missionaries, Fritz wrote about her childhood in ‘Homesick: My Own Story,” a combination work of fiction and memoir that won the Newbery Honor and a National Book Award. Returning to the United States in the 1920’s, Fritz attended school in Connecticut. Historical nonfiction was where she truly earned her place in children’s literature.  Thank you for your contribution to children’s literature.

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