Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt

By Judith St. George; Britt Spencer (Illustrator)
(Philomel, Hardcover, 9780399241758, 48pp.)

Publication Date: January 18, 2007

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Young Franklin Roosevelt grew up knowing the finer things in life— sailing, horseback riding, and foxhunts on his family’s large estate. Growing up wealthy meant he could live a gentleman’s life, like his beloved papa. Yet gentlemen weren’t supposed to go into politics, right? But why not? As young Franklin learns from a famous uncle and a famous mentor, there is more to the world than he thought. And about politics? Well, maybe there is more to that, too.

Complete with lively illustrations by new illustrator Britt Spencer, this third book in Judith St. George’s Turning Point series reveals the turning point for the young man who would become one of America’s most honored presidents.

About the Author

Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy RooseveltStand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at

Praise For Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt

“St. George sketches her character deftly, adding quotations from Roosevelt’s own writings to allow the boy to speak for himself. An author’s note fills in the 32nd president’s career after high school, emphasizing his commitment to the betterment of all Americans. All in all, it’s an engaging entry in a pleasingly child friendly series.”—Kirkus Reviews

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