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October 12, 2009

Children's author to sign copies of his book, "Iron Thunder," at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers

The author known as Avi will sign copies of his children’s book, “Iron Thunder,” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

“Iron Thunder,” published in 2007 by Hyperion Books for Children, tells the story of 13-year-old Tom Carroll, who is an assistant to Capt. John Ericsson, the designer of the Civil War ironclad that will become the Monitor. Tom eludes Confederate spies seeking to learn the secrets of the revolutionary ship, and is present at the historic March 1862 battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads.

Avi will accept the Beacon of Freedom Award earlier in the week. The award is presented annually to an author whose work introduces American history to children in a historically accurate and engaging manner. The Beacon of Freedom Award is a program co-sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Williamsburg Regional Library.

Past BOFA winners have included: “The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe” by Roland Smith, 2003; “Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy” by Seymour Reit, 2004; “Lottie’s Courage: A Contraband Slave’s Story” by Phyllis Hall Haislip, 2005; “Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution” by Doreen Rappaport and Joan Vernier, 2006; “Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture,” by Gail Karowski, 2007; and “Virginia Bound,” by Amy Butler, 2008.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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