The John Hancock Club

The John Hancock Club

By Louise Borden; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9781416918134, 48pp.

Publication Date: June 2007

Sean McFerrin and his third grade class in Room 121 can't wait to learn how to write in cursive handwriting.
Their teacher, Mrs. Tovani, promises that whoever learns to use a legible and elegant cursive will be inducted into the John Hancock Club. Joining a club sounds exciting, but "who" is John Hancock?
As Sean and his classmates practice cursive writing, they also learn about John Hancock, a patriot in the American Revolution who had a very special signature and who was cheered in an extraspecial way:
"Huzzah Huzzah "
Will Sean's cursive ever be good enough for him to join a club named after such an important man? The surprises in store for Sean and his friends make for the best third grade year ever "Huzzah

About the Author
Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children's books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!", which won the Christopher Medal, " and The A+ Custodian". She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at

Adam Gustavson is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children, including "Rock and Roll Highway" by Sebastian Robertson, "Just Kidding" by Trudy Ludwig, "Snow Day"! by Lester L. Laminack, and the Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley. Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey with his family.