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Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson
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it was amazing

Wheels of Change is a wonderful, well-written, heartwarming book. I wouldn't be surprised if it won a big children's book award. It take place in Washington DC during 1908, so it is a historical fiction novel and it is filled with vivid details of the time. The main character is Emily Soper who is the twelve year old daughter of a carriage maker is a gusty, quick-thinking young girl. Everything is changing. The industrial revolution has started. Automobiles are replacing the horse and carriage. It's been 40 years since The Civil War, but racial intolerance still looms within the neighborhood. Emily struggles to cope with how the changing times affect the family carriage making business and the bigotry the of the times.

The voice is unique and strong, the characters are relatable and well-defined. The story will grab your heart. Darlene Beck-Jacobson really captured the feel of the times and the angst that surrounded it. It is a great mix of fun, sorrow, angst, and suspense.

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August 10, 2014 – Shelved
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