When her father decides to run for mayor of Tucson in 1882, fourteen-year-
“Without law, without order, there is no freedom,” states her father, but Jo wants nothing less than the freedom he promised her when he uprooted the family from “civilized” Boston to the Wild West of the Territory of Arizonabecause of his health. When trouble erupts during the election campaign and her father’s opponent attacks him for being an Israelite, Jo has to reconsider her position and even what it means to be a Jew.
Tucson Jo is inspired by the life of Charles Strauss, the first Jewish mayor of Tucson. The fast-paced novel is packed with action and deeds of derring-do, shootouts and holdups, while dealing with serious moral issues like right and wrong, law and order, and women’s rights. In addition to Jo, the novel’s feisty protagonist, Matas has populated the novel with such intriguing characters as Jo’s younger brother, Isaac, a budding Talmudic scholar, and Jo’s best friend, Connie, whose ruthless father is also running for mayor.
In writing this book, Matas especially wanted to focus on the issues of law and order or, more particularly for young people, “the rules.” Are rules made to be broken? When must one follow the rules? Is there ever a good reason to disobey? What does the “rule of law” mean in our society? How is it different now than over a hundred years ago? Does might make right? Are there different rules for the rich and the poor, for men and for women, for visible minorities and for all others? What do the words “freedom” and “equality”
Tucson Jo, written for Middle Grades (ages 9 -14), is available in paperback (print on demand) and in all eBook formats: http://fictivepress.com/
About Carol Matas. Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of 45 books for children and young adults, ranging from Holocaust and historical fiction, to contemporary, fantasy and science fiction. Her books, which have won numerous awards, deal with serious and thought-provoking issues. Her novels have been published all over the world in more than a dozen languages, and are loved by readers of all ages. A detailed biography of Carol Matas can be found at http://carol.carolmatas.com/
About Fictive Press. FictivePress is an indie digital and print-on-demand publisher located in British Columbia, Canada. Since 2012, Fictive Press has published six books, including Matas’ When I Die, A Meditation on Death for Children & Their families (http://fictivepress.com/
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