George Washington and the Magic Hat

Now available: George Washington and the Magic Hat, the first in a new series, The President and Me, featuring modern-day kids who travel back and forth in time and meet the presidents!

What’s it about? Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this engrossing tale of a fifth-grade boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. Find out what happens when Sam’s class takes a trip to Mount Vernon, where he accidentally buys a bossy three-cornered hat that sweeps him off to the eighteenth century and a warm friendship with George and Martha Washington. As Sam travels back and forth between his present-day life and incredible adventures with George Washington, he learns about history, himself, and the nature of friendship and families.

What have readers said about it? “A surprising story about friendship–and growing up–that will touch your heart, make you laugh, and keep you turning the pages. An amazing (and fun-filled) introduction to George Washington and his life and times, to boot. For fans of time travel, history buffs, and all who love good story-telling.”–Kem Knapp Sawyer, author of DK Biography: Abigail Adams.

“Funny, engaging, and historically intriguing, this book delightfully weaves together magic, sports, history, and the challenges of friendships into a fast-paced and entertaining read. Deborah Kalb has written a book that kids will find playful and relevant, and that grownups will want to borrow.”–Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of Playworks and author of Recess Rules.



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