Resources – Parents, Teachers, Homeschool, Authors, Students


This webpage is for YOU — the reader, parent, classroom teacher, homeschooler, and author. Here you’ll discover links to learning resources for the Ancient Elements Series, The Whitcomb Discoveries Series, the Rising Hope Series, as well as workshops for aspiring students and current authors. The pages also include information for students interested in writing, places where students can publish, and suggested reading lists. Invite one or more of our Family-Friendly Fiction Writers to speak in person or online to your homeschoool group or classroom.

As a former classroom teacher, Dr. Sontag provides tools for all invested in helping today’s youth reach their full potential. Reading and writing play a huge part in that. 

Students: Spur your interest in reading adventurous historical novels that, no matter their time period, have themes relating to today’s culture. If you’re interested in writing, be sure to check out the links for helpful tips on writing and lists of publication opportunities. Also, be sure to have your teacher or homeschool group invite one of our Family-Friendly Fiction Writers into your classroom for an unforgettable experience. During author visits, Dr. Sontag always brings her authenticated artifacts of a 3,00-year-old bronze dagger, alabaster jar, and Phoenician coin to share with students.

YA and MG authors, check out our Family-Friendly Fiction Writers page and Facebook page to find opportunities to share your book with young readers.

Click on one of the books’ links below to find lesson plans to accompany each book.

    What Others are Saying
  • Read below to see what others have said about visiting and hearing Marie speak.
  • 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!