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Nancy O. Jensen

Born: 1938 in Brunswick, Maine
Pen Name: Nancy Orr Johnson Jensen

Connection to Illinois: Jensen lived in Chicago's western suburbs.

Biography: Nancy Orr Johnson Jensen, was born in Brunswick, Maine, and lived the first eighteen years of her life on Bailey Island. She has written two books from that experience—the latest, a children's book that will be enjoyed by adults. ''Helen, Ethel & The Crazy Quilt: Based on the 1890 Letters Between Helen Keller and Ethel Orr''. In fact, the house on the cover of Helen, the house Jensen grew up in and where her grandmother and greatgrandmother played their roles in this delightful book, based on actual events. Jensen graduated from Gorham State Teachers College, now the University of Southern Maine. After teaching two years, she moved to Berlin, Germany, to teach for the Department of Defense. It was there that she met Harold Jensen, a high school math and physics teacher from Minnesota. They married and after five years, returned to the States to teach in Chicago's western suburbs. Nancy went on to receive a degree in Library Science and became the Library Learning Center Director at Lincoln Elementary School and Wegner Elementary School in West Chicago. She also authored ''Bailey Island, Memories, Pictures & Lore''.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

Nancy O. Jensen on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Bailey Island :
ISBN: 1878044966 OCLC: 52823904

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, Ill. : ©2003.

Helen, Ethel & the crazy quilt :
ISBN: 1932278109 OCLC: 232154552

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, IL : ©2007.

In 1890, ten-year-old Ethel Orr wrote a letters to ten-year-old Helen Keller. This story is based on those letters and other artifacts.