For a limited time, Crickhollow Books is offering teachers & librarians a free eBook copy of Jingo Fever, a historical novel for middle-grade readers.
Based on extensive research by the author, Stephanie Golightly Lowden, the story is set in the summer of 1918 in a small town in northern Wisconsin during World War I.
In a quiet and thoughtful way, the 128-page novel addresses issues of bullying and bigotry, in the context of anti-German sentiment during the First World War.
The story focuses on Adelle Klein, a young girl from Milwaukee, who experiences anti-German sentiment (from ethnic slurs to over-zealous patriotism), which escalates to a moment of mob behavior with threats of violence against her uncle Mike, a local German-American fisherman (thwarted by Adelle’s courage).
Jingo Fever offers “rich material for deep classroom discussions” as one elementary teacher said.
Published 2011, the book was a finalist for Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine, a national competition for the book books from independent presses.