Racial intolerance, social change, sweeping progress–these form the background of Darlene Beck Jacobson’s historical novel, WHEELS OF CHANGE, pubbing this month.
It’s 1908, and Washington D.C. is a turbulent place for 12-year-old Emily Soper to be growing up. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she’s more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she’d never imagined. Finding courage and resolve she didn’t know she had, Emily strives to save Papa’s business, even if it means going all the way to the White House.
Kirkus Reviews says: “The strength of the text lies in Jacobson’s ability to evoke a different era and to endear readers to the protagonist.”
This is Darlene’s debut novel. When not writing, she enjoys baking, sewing, and tea parties–as well as hanging around forges watching blacksmiths work their magic. You can visit her at www.darlenebeckjacobson.com Congrats, Darlene!
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