When George Washington was eleven years old, he wanted nothing more than to visit his brother who lived many miles away. George's mother would not allow him to go, but George thought of a clever way to convince her. His first victory wasn't as grand as leading the troops during the Revolutionary War, but it showed the determined type of man he was to become.
Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.