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tracks the trajectory of the Eighteenth
Amendment across several centuries.
She looks at the seeds planted by
eighteenth-century temperance that
culminated in the twentieth-century
political movement and discusses
all that came with it, from gangster
activity to the few bright effects of
an otherwise disastrous amendment.
Though written for older readers, this
highly readable, well-designed book is
accessible for a middle-grade audience
Eliot Ness. By Tammy Gagne.
2015. Mitchell Lane, $25.70
(9781612289564). Gr. 4–6.
This entry in the Fact or Fiction?
Farewell, John Barleycorn:
series shines a light on the Prohibition
enforcer who helped put Al Capone
in prison and how he may not be the
daring figure portrayed on the screen
and in books. Nicely researched and
quite engaging, this promotes criti-
cal thinking and evaluative skills in
young readers while educating them
on one of the lesser-discussed sides of
Prohibition in the United States. By
Martin Hintz. 1996. Lerner, o.p.
This well-organized entry in the
People’s History series explains the
Eighteenth Amendment and society’s
reaction to it, the rise of organized
crime, the failures and triumphs
of law enforcement, and the forces
that led to the end of Prohibition.
Black-and-white illustrations include
reproductions of engravings, posters, political cartoons, and many
Dog 4491. By Sneed B. Collard
III. 2013. Bucking Horse, $16
(9780984446049). Gr. 4–7.
In this time-traveling adventure,
The Gallery. By Laura Marx
Sam finds a gateway between his
contemporary suburb to the same
town in 1926, where he meets Rollie.
The two soon find themselves en-
tangled with a gang of bootleggers in
the Prohibition era whose thuggish
descendants, in Sam’s time, continue
to have local government officials in
their pockets. Gang violence and gov-
ernment corruption in both decades
help young readers connect the past
to the present.
Fitzgerald. 2016. Dial, $16.99
(9780525428657). Gr. 4–7.
In late 1920s New York, 12-year-
old Martha O’Doyle becomes a maid
for Mrs. Sewell, sequestered to her
bedroom along with most of her
precious art collection. Determined
to unravel the meaning behind the
artwork and the isolation of her mistress, Martha starts snooping. Lively
and inventive, this mystery shows
glimpses of vaudeville acts, challenges
facing immigrants, Prohibition,
Hoover’s presidential campaign, and
Moments before her historic flight
down New York’s East River, Elinor
Smith meets legendary pilot Charles
Lindbergh, as depicted in Soar, Elinor!
by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by