Plank Road Stories
This blog explores the background of two historical fiction novels for middle-grade readers, Plank Road Summer and Plank Road Winter (Crickhollow Books), by authors Hilda and Emily Demuth. Both books take place in southern Wisconsin in Racine County. Plank Road Summer involves an Underground Railroad sub-plot, while Plank Road Winter interweaves the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, the Civil War, and the growth of the Wisconsin dairy industry.
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The Way of the Road
Last week, I spoke at an adult forum at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. I had led a discussion at the church when Plank Road Summer was published; in that book the moral dilemma of whether or not to break the law to help runaway slaves pr...16 weeks ago
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