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“Wheels of Change” by Darlene Beck Jacobson


I am so excited to introduce you to Darlene Beck Jacobson’s new middle grade book Wheels of Change. Some of you might recognize Darlene as the author of the popular blog Gold From the Dust: Bringing Stories to Life.

Wheels of Change tells the story of sixth grade Emily Soper who lives in Washington D.C. at the turn of the century. For a twelve-year-old, Emily faces some pretty heavy stuff. Her favorite teacher is a suffragist, her frenemy’s mom is racist and Emily herself is embroiled in a daily battle with her mother over “acting like a proper young lady”.

I especially loved how relatable Emily is. She’s passionate about fighting for justice, but not in a stuffy way. You better be careful around this girl and a teapot!

The historical tidbits peppered into the story were fun too. In one instance, Emily’s mother is delighted to discover Corn Flakes because it means she doesn’t have to fire up the stove for breakfast.

Boys and girls alike will relate to this coming of age story set against the last days of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. They might actually learn something along the way–without even knowing it. That’s the best type of historical fiction as far as I’m concerned.

Interested in finding out more? Check out the trailer:


A Gift Idea Kids Can Make for Grandparents

Hello readers! I’m very excited to share a guest post today from Darlene Beck Jacobson. 

You can find more of Darlene’s crafts, recipes and activities for children by visiting her Blog: http://www.darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com  Website: www.darlenebeckjacobson.com or on Twitter @dustbunnymaven .

Darlene’s Middle Grade Historical book WHEELS OF CHANGE is coming out in 2014 with Creston Books.

(Photo curtsey of Darlene Beck Jacobson)

(Photo curtsey of Darlene Beck Jacobson)

Here is a great last minute gift idea your kids can make for grandparents:


Take 1 cup of cinnamon, 1 cup of applesauce and 3 tablespoons of white glue. Mix it into a dough . Roll it out and cut into festive shapes with cookie cutters. Poke a hole in the top with a straw to put a ribbon through. Let them dry over night. When dry, you can wrap them as is (they smell heavenly) or paint the front with glue and sprinkle with glitter for a “sparkly” touch.

I made these with my children years ago and they still smell great every Christmas when I hang them on the tree.

Food for thought: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song. ” Lou Holtz

During this holiday season, tap your “inner bird” and sing!

Cinnamon star ornaments are a fun craft to make.