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Irena's Jars of Secrets Paperback – November 2, 2015
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About the Author
MARCIA VAUGHAN has written numerous books for young readers, including picture books, beginning readers, and both fiction and nonfiction series. She was inspired to write Irena s Jars of Secrets after reading Irena Sendler s obituary in 2008 and discovering more about her through the work of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, an organization dedicated to bringing Irena Sendler s story to the world. Vaughan lives in Tacoma, Washington.