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Crystal Kite Winner: Stephanie Bearce

Top Secret Files of History – WWII (Prufrock Press)
Mid-South Region Recipient

The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award, which recognizes great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

We are pleased to congratulate Stephanie Bearce (St. Charles, MO) who received this honor in the Mid-South region for her book Top Secret Files of History – WWII (Prufrock Press).


We asked Stephanie to tell us a bit about herself:

I am a history junkie and a science nerd.  There’s nothing I like better than a trip to a museum.  Any museum!  Yes, I have been to the Agricultural Hall of Fame (more than once) the Oz Museum, the International Spy Museum, and I visited the Elvis Lives Museum before it closed. I’m addicted to PBS documentaries and I have a stack of books next to my bed with titles like “Secrets of the Influenza Pandemic” and “Strange Stories from the Periodic Table.” This probably explains why I like to write quirky nonfiction books. When I’m not researching gangsters, pirates, or ancient methods of embalming, I like to sew monsters, cruise thrift stores, and collect fossilized bones.

I am very grateful to receive the Crystal Kite Award.  SCBWI is an amazing organization and has given me incredible support over the years.  I have learned so much from the conferences, retreats, workshops, and critique groups.  Children’s writers are extraordinary in their willingness to share knowledge and give guidance to fellow writers.  I hope to be able to continue that tradition and help new writers on the path to publication.

About the book:  Top Secret Files of History – WWII (Prufrock Press)

Spy school, poison pens, exploding muffins, and Night Witches were all a part of World War II, but you won't learn that in your history books! Crack open secret files and read about the mysterious Ghost Army, rat bombs, and doodle bugs. Discover famous spies like the White Mouse, super-agent Garbo, and baseball player and spy, Moe Berg. Then build your own secret agent kit and create a spy code. It's all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files of History. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden…

Stephanie's new series – Twisted Tales from Science (Prufrock Press) will debut this fall:

Medical Mayhem – Leeches, lobotomies, and lice – Oh my! The history of medicine is full of strange ideas and even stranger cures. Learn how George Washington’s doctors killed him, why people ate mummy dust, and how to avoid the Black Plague.

Insane Inventors – Human crash-test dummies, death rays, and electricity wars – Inventors do some crazy stuff.  Learn why one scientist drank vomit, how Madame Curie fought a war, why Edison built a concrete piano.

Exploding Experiments – Nuclear bombs, gunpowder, nitroglycerine – These are all science experiments that go BOOM! Learn how to fight fires with bombs, why Apollo 13 exploded, and how dynamite was created.

Discovery by Disaster – Burning rivers, exploding mountains, and bizarre storms – Scientists learn important information from disasters. Explore the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the disaster that killed the dinosaurs, and follow storm chasers searching for tornadoes. 

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