Wheels of Change
Racial intolerance, social change, sweeping progress. It is a turbulent time growing up in 1908. For twelve year old EMILY SOPER, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic. Emily is more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer, than trying to conform to the proper expectations of females.
Many prominent people own Papa’s carriages. He receives an order to make one for President Theodore Roosevelt. Papa’s livelihood becomes threatened by racist neighbors, and horsepower of a different sort. Emily is determined to save Papa’s business even if she has to go all the way to the President.
About Darlene Beck Jacobson (South Jersey Author)
Darlene Beck Jacobson is a former teacher and lover of history. She can often be found mining dusty closets and drawers in search of skeletons from her past. She enjoys adding these bits of her ancestry to stories such as WHEELS OF CHANGE (Creston 2014).
WHEELS OF CHANGE is a middle grade novel of historical fiction chosen by the National Council of Social Studies as a Notable Trade Book in 2015. It also received the Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention in 2015.
When not writing, Darlene enjoys sewing, tea parties, travel and reading good books. Her favorite destination is Australia, where she fed a kangaroo, held a koala and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.
She loves visiting classrooms and doing interactive writing workshops on all facets of writing. Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators. For curriculum guides and other teacher resource material, visit Darlene's blog.