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Sunday, 31 August 2014 18:54 Jennifer Devore
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Huzzah! Labor Day has come and gone and, for this girl, that means Autumn is nigh! Over-the-knee boots, homburgs and Burberry velvet blazers to be sported with Edgar Allan Poe baby-tees and J. Crew plaid pants wait patiently in the wings as Yours Truly waits patiently for the SoCal weather to cool. (It will. It just has to.) The end of Labor Day also means the beginning of the school-year; that, in turn, means my Savannah of Williamsburg titles begin to sell raw-ther well. (Yea!)

Elementary-age children, tweens and open-minded adults tend toward Savannah of Williamsburg: Being the Account of a Young, London Squirrel, Virginia 1705 (Book I). College-age (especially William & Mary students) and more serious historians -those with a sense of humour, anyway- drift toward the later books: Savannah of Williamsburg: The Trials of Blackbeard and His Pirates, Virginia 1718 (Book II) and Savannah of Williamsburg: Ben Franklin, Freedom & Freedom of the Press, Virginia 1735 (Book III). Whatever your historical poison, Savannah of Williamsburg has a tincture for you.

One of my fave readers is also one of my fave writers/songwriters/poetesses: Ms. Jannie Funster of Texas. You may recall previous posts of mine about Jannie, as well as reviews of her lilting, songbird-styling music. If you have yet to acquaint yourself with Ms. Jannie, do so! She doesn't post regularly, but when she does it's like finding a five-dollar bill in the laundry or an unopened bag of Swedish Fish in an old beach bag. It's awesome!

On this day, more fortunate I could not be. Jannie has penned a wee poem about Savannah of Williamsburg! If you follow Jannie, you'll note her wordsmithing and formatting is as whimsical, unconventional and abstract as she is. I love this best about her! What a wonderful, cozy, weirdly beautiful Autumn this shall be! Thank you, Ms. Jannie of Texas!


“Anticipation” for Jennifer Susannah Devore

I just ordered
a real live book
to hold in my hands,

“Savannah of Williamsburg: Being the Account of a Young London Squirrel,

Virginia 1705 (The Savannah Series,Tales of An American Squirrel.)”

Breath is now suspended in air

like a skipping stone

that will drop
into the water
as i drop into
this cozy chair
to lose myself
in the ruffle
of the pages.


by Jannie Funster, 2014


Follow-up: September 9, 2014

What a lovely sentiment by our favourite Texas songbird, Miss Jannie Funster! If only all the world felt this way about Savannah of Williamsburg! Cheers, Miss Jannie from Texas!

I expect Jennifer Susannah’s book to arrive any day now. Maybe even today!!!!! whoohooo. I’m totally gonna have to brush my hair and put on some mascara for such an awesome event as to hold my own copy of her book in my hands.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:47 Jennifer Devore
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Savannah of Williamsburg: Book I Savannah of Williamsburg: Book I $14.95

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Rating: 4
via "Lisa's List" NPR Review: What a pleasant surprise Savannah of Williamsburg is. At first glance I thought a story about a squirrel who comes to
Colonial Virginia, dressed in pretty frocks and traveling with a steamer trunk and a violin would not be my cup of tea. But I’m game, so I started


Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:47 Jennifer Devore
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Savannah of Williamsburg
By Jennifer Susannah Devore
KIMedia, LLC


What a pleasant surprise Savannah of Williamsburg is.  At first glance I thought a story about a squirrel who comes to Colonial Virginia, dressed in pretty frocks and traveling with a steamer trunk and a violin would not be my cup of tea.  But I’m game, so I started reading.

Savannah of Williamsburg, written by Jennifer Susannah Devore, is quite charming.  Herself a resident of Williamsburg, Devore is clearly steeped in the history of the town.  She very nicely weaves this into the story, as Savannah meets and is befriended by William Byrd, who proceeds to introduce her to the area.  She meets a cat named Dante, a generous tavern owner and a vicious dog named Petruchio, along with many other characters.

This novel is as much a history lesson as it is Savannah’s story.  Devore offers a thorough and authentic tour of the colonial capital.  At times it is a bit heavy handed, but a young girl reading this, or someone not familiar with Williamsburg, would likely not think so.  From the College of William and Mary to the capitol to Bruton Parish Church, a detailed portrait emerges.

The adventures that Savannah has are more intellectual than physical. She, Dante and the mouse Bartholomew conspire to prevent a duel, and Savannah dreams of continuing her studies. She yearns for knowledge and is devastated to learn women are not allowed at the College of William and Mary.  Nonetheless she settles in, and one suspects there will be more about her in the future.

Savannah of Williamsburg is a gentle story, appropriate for younger readers.  The characters are nicely realized, both the two-legged and four-legged ones.  Once one enters the fantasy of an educated and clothed squirrel, the story takes over.  Enjoy.

The book is Savannah of Williamsburg, by Jennifer Susannah Devore, published by KIMedia, LLC.

Savannah of Williamsburg: Book I Savannah of Williamsburg: Book I $14.95

Customer Reviews:

admin  (Wednesday, 05 June 2013)
Rating: 4
via "Lisa's List" NPR Review: What a pleasant surprise Savannah of Williamsburg is. At first glance I thought a story about a squirrel who comes to
Colonial Virginia, dressed in pretty frocks and traveling with a steamer trunk and a violin would not be my cup of tea. But I’m game, so I started



Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00 Jennifer Devore
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In its earliest incarnation Savannah of Williamsburg was nothing more than a simple, contemporary, twenty-page children's book titled The Capital Squirrel . Set in Washington, D.C., it was the wee adventure of a wee squirrel living on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building and exploring the country's capital city from within the pocket of a friend, the fictitious Senator Sheridan. My Miss Savannah Prudence Squirrel didn't even have a name back then!

That wee tale I sent to Mrs. Barbara Bush as a simple thank you to her for past years of grace, manners and kindness to the country as our first lady. It was nothing more than a little gift from an admiring, American girl. In keeping with said-grace and -manners, this is what she sent back to me. Today, well into finishing the fourth book of what evolved into my Savannah of Williamsburg series of historical-fiction novels, I still cherish this note and use it as inspiration when the details and subject matter of an oncoming American Revolution prove almost too much to which my brain and tenacity can attend. Thank you, Mrs. Bush!


Thank you-note from Barbara Bush

Friday, 18 March 2011 12:52 Jennifer Devore
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Mrs. Wyn Williams' fourth-graders at Yorktown Elementary Math, Science and Technology Magnate School in Yorktown, Virginia honoured the author immensely by putting on a play of the first book in the Savannah of Williamsburg Series. Ms. Devore's favourite scene? The duel between William Byrd II and Sir Roland Graham, of course!

Yorktown Crier article: author at Yorktown Elelmentary School


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