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the stock-market crash. A concluding
author Q&A offers further insight.
The Ghost in the Glass House. By
Carey Wallace. 2013. Clarion, $16.99
(9780544022911). Gr. 5–8.
Ever since 12-year-old Clare
Fitzgerald’s father died, she and her
wealthy, socialite mother have been
on the move. This summer, they’re
at a seaside resort town, where Clare
discovers a near-hidden glass house
and an equally enigmatic ghost boy
named Jack who inhabits it. Wallace
blends 1920s flapper culture and the
decade’s interest in the spirit world
with Clare’s quest to discover Jack’s
Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter. By
Beth Fantaskey. 2016. HMH, $17.99
(9780544582491). Gr. 4–7.
In 1920s Chicago, 10-year-old
Isabel Feeney dreams of being a crime
journalist. When a pal is accused of
murdering her gangster boyfriend,
Isabel begins an investigation that
draws her into Chicago’s seamier side.
Special attention is paid to the public’s
fascination with murderers, bootleggers, and gangsters—in particular, the
misplaced glamour associated with the
women on Murderess’ Row—while
Isabel’s innocence and intelligence
combine to form a complex character
full of moxie.
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.:
The Birth of an American Terrorist
Group. By Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
2010. HMH, $19 (9780618440337).
an eighth-grade teacher for 18 years,
writes in admirably clear, accessible
language about one of the most com-
plex periods in U.S. history. Through
expertly selected stories of people on
all sides of the violent conflicts, read-
ers will gain a larger understanding
of the conditions that incubated the
Klan’s terrorism; how profoundly the
freed people and their
and how the legacy of
that fear, racism, and
brutality runs through
our own time.
White Lilacs. By
1993. HMH, $7.99
In 1921, the “colored” section of
the Texas town of Dillon was called
Freedom. When the white residents
of Dillon vote to turn the area into a
town park, the residents of Freedom
realize their loss is a foregone conclusion. The chilling intimidation of the
black community by a silent KKK
march and the dismantling of the
businesses and families in Freedom
are related by teenager Rose Lee
Witness. By Karen Hesse. 2001.
Scholastic, $16.95 (9780439272001).
Using real events and 11 different
voices, Hesse tells a free-verse story
of the KKK in a small Vermont town
in 1924. There are two new-to-town
kids—Leonora Sutter, 12, black, and
Esther Hirsh, 6, Jewish—as well as
violent Klan bigots, antiracist crusaders, and bystanders. The story is told
in five acts—particularly effective as
readers’ theater—and the spare writing leaves space for readers to imagine
more about that time and their own.
Written in Stone. By Rosanne
Parry. 2013. Random, $16.99
(9780375869716). Gr. 4–7.
In 1923, when Makah Indian
Pearl was 13, her father was lost at
sea during a whale hunt. Pearl found
comfort in her extended family, even
as the world around them began
to encroach on their traditions.
Meanwhile, a supposed art collector
attempts to trick Pearl’s elders into
signing away valuable mineral rights
in this historical novel that looks at
the racially charged, rapidly changing
world of the 1920s.
Immigration and International
The Night of the Burning: Devorah’s
Story. By Linda Press Wulf. 2006.
Farrar, o.p. Gr. 7–10.
Haunted by the loss of her parents
and driven from her Polish shtetl
during the anti-Semitic pogroms
of 1921, Devorah is taken to safety
in South Africa’s Jewish community. Closely based on the real-life
Josephine Baker helps
shake things up in
Jazz Age Josephine,
by Jonah Winter,
illustrated by Marjorie