Hilda and Emily Demuth, co-authors of Plank Road Summer, a middle-grade historical novel set in Racine County, Wisconsin, in 1852, will autograph books at the Country Rose Bakery & Cafe in Yorkville (just west of Racine, Wis.) on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28), from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The Country Rose is easy to find: on the corner of Hwys. 45 & 20.
Click here for the Country Rose website.
The Demuth’s novel for young readers has a special connection to the tasty cinnamon twist that the bakery will make specially for the occasion.
Turns out that cinnamon twists play a role in the story itself, as the two girls from rural Racine, Katie and Florence, help a runaway slave and her child navigate to freedom (via the Racine harbor) on the Underground Railroad.
The head baker, Rose, made the cinnamon twists for the book’s launch party earlier this year in May, and Rose and her crew are very proud of their local authors (the Demuth sisters grew up just down the road. . . .)
Plank Road Summer (Crickhollow Books, $13.95, paperback) tells of two girls’ friendship in the summer of 1852 in southeastern Wisconsin, with an Underground Railroad subplot. Two 13-year-olds, Katie McEachron and her best friend Florence Mather (of Cornish descent), experience an exciting summer as the plank road that runs past their homes brings strangers to their dinner tables and the plight of runaway slaves to their consciences.
The chapter book makes a wonderful holiday gift, of course!
“A great choice for young readers who love historical fiction. . . .”
– Kathleen Ernst (award-winning author of a number of American Girls novels)
Visit the Plank Road Summer blog for more about the writing of the book, the history of plank roads in the Midwest, etc.