Emily Demuth will make an appearance at the authors’ booth at the Root River Festival on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Lincoln Park, Racine, Wisconsin. She’ll be greeting friends and newcomers, and talking about her Plank Road series books, Plank Road Summer and Plank Road Winter.
The first Plank Road book takes place prior to the Civil War in 1852, in the days that an Underground Railroad route went through the Southeastern Wisconsin rural countryside leading to Racine. The second takes place in 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire strikes not far away, and a refugee comes to stay in the small community of Yorkville, Wis.
The two Demuth sisters also wrote Hattie’s War, a middle-grade historical novel about a girl, Hattie Bigelow, who lives in Milwaukee near the end of the Civil War. Young Hattie is drawn into her love for the early version of baseball and into the pressing needs to welcome back returning Civil War vets, leading to a Milwaukee drive to build a “soldier’s home,” a precursor to the national efforts to build VA hospitals and care facilities.
The Demuth’s books have drawn praise for engaging young readers in historical events. For instance, in a review of Plank Road Summer by Kathleen Ernst, an award-winning children’s book author: “A great choice for young readers who love historical fiction, and for teachers wanting to integrate a novel into classroom studies of the pioneer era. Transports readers back to the sights and sounds, and the dangers and joys, of Wisconsin, 1852. ”
The Demuth’s website is: https://plankroad.wordpress.com