This webpage is for YOU — the reader, parent and classroom teacher. Here you’ll discover links to learning resources for the Ancient Elements Series, The Whitcomb Discoveries Series, and the upcoming Rising Hope Series.  

    What Others are Saying
  • Read below to see what others have said about visiting and hearing Marie speak.
  • California Trail Discovered: Marie breathes new life, intrigue, and hope into the familiar story of the Donner Party and the Western Movement. As Daniel's story is masterfully intertwined with history, he becomes a character I quickly begin rooting for. This story is a wonderful addition to the classroom collection of historical fiction. Teachers will love the STEM activities and recommended extensions.
    - Elementary STEAM teacher, Mary Pat Vargas

  • California Trail Discovered: This book contains history, literature, geography, and STEAM all in one. As a homeschool teacher, I appreciated how all of these subjects were woven together in one place, and as an avid reader, I loved that the lessons did not make this storyline feel awkward or forced. Pacing in this story was excellent, and character development was not sacrificed on behalf of action, as there was an abundance of both. I loved reading Daniel's story. I highly recommend it.
    - Homeschooling Mom, Richardson, TX, Rachel Summey

  • The Silver Coin: Sontag's final book of her Ancient Elements Series was an exhilarating conclusion to this Indian-Jones-like journey through the civilizations of the ancient middle eastern kingdoms. Students reading her books will effortlessly be educated, richly enhancing the core curriculum they are learning in their middle-school classes.
    - Library Media Clerk, Cupertino, CA, Jean Fujiki

  • The Alabaster Jar: A mesmerizing journey of good versus evil in one of history's greatest ancient cultures.
    - Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent, CA, Nick Gervase

  • The Alabaster Jar: One of the best books I've ever read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how hard your heart is.
    - Middle-grade student, TX, Ian

  • The Bronze Dagger: A terrific book for kids who like adventure, and for parents who'd love their kids to learn a bit about history. Well-written, a lively main character who struggles with his failures and searches for hope. Here is a hero who is flawed but resourceful, and who can lead readers on an adventure involving bad guys, jewels, new friends, and making choices. A real winner!
    - Home-Schooling Mom, Karen Llewellyn

  • Rising Hope: Rising Hope is an homage to all Polish teenagers who fought the German evil so bravely during WWII. A must read.
    - Son of the Polish mayor of Warsaw, Julian Kulski was twelve when he joined Warsaw's fight against the Germans. - Julian Kulski

  • Thank you for your fun, friendly and information packed presentation. The students loved the story line, the in-class reading, the artifacts and of course, the freebies!

    We eagerly anticipate your next book in the series. Best wishes from the Lion's den

    Mr. Livingston, Classroom Teacher, Santa Cruz, CA
  • What a delightful way to learn about an ancient culture!

    Chuck Merritt, Principal, El Carmelo School, Palo Alto, CA
  • Dr. Sontag captures the Ancient Mesopotamia culture in a captivating tale of a young boy's survival. Armed with his lucky dagger, Sam sets out on an adventure where he encounters numerous challenges and foibles, leading him to a lesson in forgiveness. A great read!

    Dr. Donna Lewis, Educator: Assistant Superintendent, CA
  • I like your story about Samsuluna with his adventures. Thank you for coming to our school to share about the story and showing us the bronze dagger! It's really cool!

  • Thank you for coming on our class and sharing your information about your life with us. I really enjoyed your presentation and your book so thanks again!

  • Thanks so much for coming!! It was super fun to see you and get to touch the dagger! And thanks for autographing my book!