Jingo Fever

Jingo Fever, by Stephanie Lowden

Jingo Fever
A middle-grade historical novel
by Stephanie Golightly Lowden

Crickhollow Books • October 2011
Trade Softcover • 128 pages • 5.5″ x 8.5″
Juvenile Fiction / Chapter Book / Ages 8–12
$13.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-16-3
$6.99 eBook

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Family & Friendship • Ethnic Heritage
Patriotism during War • Resisting Intolerance & Bigotry
Standing Up to Bullies

Book of the Year Award (finalist, Juvenile Fiction)

“Jingo Fever is a fine historical novel that will ring well with youthful readers . . .”
Midwest Book Review

“. . . rich material for deep classroom discussions . . . Addy struggles with universal adolescent dilemmas against a backdrop of bullying, racism and intolerance that unfortunately continues to plague our children today. With engaging characters and a compelling story, students will enjoy this accessible novel.”
– Debra Ahrens, Elementary School Teacher


This middle-grade historical novel is set in 1918 during World War I in a small Midwestern town. The story deals in a quiet, thoughtful way with the effects of anti-ethnic bigotry (towards German-Americans) during wartime conflicts abroad.

Young Adelle Klein is a German-American girl who has come from Milwaukee with her mother to live for the summer of 1918 with Uncle Mike in Ashland, a small town in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.

Adelle struggles to cope with the local patriotic fervor, in support of American troops abroad . . . but spilling over into a hatred of all things of German origin.

As she seeks friendships with local youngsters her age, she wonders how to deal with the bigotry of anti-German sentiment, which escalates with the approach of the July 4th celebration. In the meantime, she and her mother worry about Adelle’s brother, Karl, a young man of German-American who is fighting with the U.S. troops in France.

The summer’s events will teach Adelle about the importance of standing up for what’s right.


Stephanie Golightly Lowden is the author of several previous children’s books, including Time of the Eagle, a middle-grade chapter book about two Ojibwe children on a winter trek. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.