Little-known facts are highlighted in this fun book about this historical figure, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz. “The book is a most enjoyable view of history . . . The delightful illustrations exactly suit the times and the extraordinary character of John Hancock.”—The Horn Book
Everyone knows that John Hancock was one of the first signers of the Declaration of Independence. But not many know that he signed his name so large to show how mad he was about how the colonists had been treated.
Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history. She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
She passed away on May 14, 2017.
Praise for Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book A Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies A Library of Congress Best Children’s Book of the Year
“The book is a most enjoyable view of history…. The delightful illustrations exactly suit the times and the extraordinary character of John Hancock.”—The Horn Book
★"Jean Fritz fleshes the personality of the most famous signer of the Declaration of Independence with details both sympathetic and amusing...[Her] irrepressible humor is given crisp expression in the illustrations." --School Library Journal