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The Enemy: Detroit, 1954

The Enemy: Detroit, 1954

by Sara E. Holbrook


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Winner, Jane Addams Children's Book Award

A young girl navigates family and middle school dramas amid the prejudices and paranoia of the Cold War era in this “excellent example of historical fiction for middle grade readers” (School Library Journal)

World War II is over, but the threat of communism and the Cold War loom over the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret, and getting along with her new older “brother”—the teenager her family took in after his veteran father’s death.
When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette, by writing in a slam book that spreads rumors about Inga. Marjorie seems to be confronting enemies everywhere—at school, at the library, in her neighborhood, and even in the news. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are.
Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629794983
Publisher: Astra Publishing House
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sara Holbrook is the author of multiple poetry books for children published by WordSong/Boyds Mills Press, including Zombies! Evacuate the School!, Weird? (Me, Too!), and Wham! It's a Poetry Jam. This is her first novel. She lives in Mentor, Ohio. Visit her at saraholbrook.com.

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