Civil Rights Biography “Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom” Now Available at Amazon

Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, the first children's book about the civil rights hero, has been released by Atombank Books. Parents are encouraged to visit to pick up a copy and help their children learn about this courageous woman.
Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, from an 1897 painting by E. Percy Moran
Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, from an 1897 painting by E. Percy Moran
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ALBANY, N.Y. - Sept. 2, 2014 - PRLog -- Atombank Books has released the first of four planned books from author John Briggs as part of its middle-grade biography series. Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom tells the story of how Quaker martyr Mary Dyer was hanged for urging colonial leaders to guarantee religious freedoms for all. The book is intended for 3rd-7th grade readers.

“We’re thrilled to make this our first book,” says Atombank founder Amy Tombank. “John has a way of bringing history alive for young readers. We believe they’ll be impressed and inspired by Mary Dyer’s courage.”

The print edition is 102 pages long, with 35 pictures and maps, plus 14 informational breakouts. It also contains a Timeline, Glossary, and Mini Biographies of famous people in Mary’s life. Teachers and homeschooling parents should find the book extremely useful in giving their students a deeper understanding of colonial history, civil rights, and the First Amendment.

“Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom is a real-life tale of courage. Mary Dyer is a friend not to be forgotten.”—Victoria DeAngelis, Fifth Grade Teacher

Teaching materials and activity ideas are available with a book purchase by contacting Atombank Books. Mr. Briggs is also available for school appearances and non-fiction writing workshops.

“We owe a lot to Mary Dyer,” says author John Briggs. “Even though we still see acts of religious intolerance, like the shootings in Kansas earlier this year, we're allowed to believes as we wish, and she fought to make that possible. I’ve been impressed by her ever since I first heard about her from great-grandmother many years ago. Her struggle directly shaped this country.”

Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, is currently available through Amazon (, but will go into wider distribution in October. The print book is $6.99 (less for Prime members), while the Kindle ebook is $2.99.

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