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Books can transform your life. Just ask Florrie Kichler. As an eight-year-old girl, she was introduced to Childhood of Famous Americans Series™, while battling and recovering from a serious illness. Those "little orange biographies" became a mainstay for her, as a means of entertainment, a way of learning history, and, ultimately, inspiration. Today, Florrie is introducing those books to a new generation in the form of The Young Patriot Series.

“Kids are kids no matter what century they live in,” notes Florrie. “Whether it’s George Rogers Clark longing for the outdoors while sitting in school or William Henry Harrison running away from his tutor to go fishing, children of today will recognize themselves in each one of the Young Patriots Series heroes and heroines.”

In 1999, Florrie's company, Patria Press, began the process of bringing these stories back to life. To date, Patria Press has published fourteen titles, and there are plans to publish up to 30 more.

The Young Patriot Series has won nine national awards, including Foreword magazine's Book of the Year and the Parent's Choice award. Florrie was also featured recently on C-Span2’s BookTV.

Florrie is a member of the American Library Association, the Children’s Book Council, and the Great Lakes Booksellers Association. She is president of PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and serves on the board of Indiana University Women’s MBA Advisory Board, and the ACLU of Indiana. She earned BA and MBA degrees from Indiana University, and is an alumna of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. Florrie lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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