MARY CLAIRE'S DREAM takes the reader back to the days of WW 11 to see American families living, working, and sacrificing to aid in the war effort. The reader groans at the losses and shares in the thrill of victory. While America fights her enemies overseas, Mary Claire contends with her own adversaries. She is six years old when the war interrupts her dream. She hopes that it will be restored when the war us over. Meanwhile she develops an inner strength and defeats her foes at school and at home. At the age of ten, she realizes her dream. MARY CLAIRE'S DREAM will inspire you to keep striving for your dream. Martha grew up during WW 11, listening to war-news on the radio. She experienced many of the events portrayed in MARY CLAIRE'S DREAM and got much of the information and inspiration for this book from friends and family. Teaching elementary school for many years gave her real insight into children's emotional needs and their resilience to problems. Martha was married 38 years to Royce Elton Sylvest, a Baptist minister. They have two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three teenage granddaughters. She is active in the church that her husband pastored for 28 years before going to glory.