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Book for Middle-Grade Readers about German-American Heritage in World War I Nominated for Award
Jingo Fever, a historical novel by Wisconsin author Stephanie Golightly Lowden, has been nominated for a Book of the Year Award, a competition to honor best titles by indie presses, in the Juvenile Fiction category.
The historical novel by Wisconsin author Stephanie Golightly Lowden is set during World War I in a small town in the Upper Midwest.
The story deals with the issue of anti-ethnic bigotry during wartime conflicts abroad, as young Adelle Klein, a German-American girl, comes from Milwaukee with her mother to live for the summer of 1918 with her uncle in Ashland, a small town in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.
As she seeks friendships with local youngsters, she wonders how to deal with the surge of anti-German sentiment that escalates with the approach of the July 4th celebration.
“Jingo Fever is a fine historical novel that will ring well with youthful readers . . .” – Midwest Book Review
For more information or to order the book ($12, softcover, 128 pages):
Lowden found inspiration for the story from her own family history, as her mother told of growing up in Milwaukee at a time when German books in her school were burned during World War I.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, California, Saturday, June 23.
The prize is sponsored by ForeWord Magazine. The annual Book of the Year Awards program was established to shine a spotlight on the best indie-press titles and bring increased attention of worthy books to librarians and booksellers.
ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.
Stephanie Golightly Lowden is the author of several previous children’s books, including Time of the Eagle, a middle-grade chapter book about two Ojibwe children on a winter trek. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
For more information, contact Philip Martin, editorial director, at the publisher's website: