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The political climate of 1917 Como, Colorado, churns with the declaration of war against Germany, exhibitions of patriotism and accusations of un-American behavior, and a lone cry for the women’s right to vote.

Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books) opens with 13-year-old Pearl saying that it is “strange how sometimes, even though the whole world is changing around you, everything can feel so much the same.”

But, like every girl coming of age, the world starts to affect Pearl’s day-to-day life in Como. The war will bring soldiers into the cafe, friends’ patriotism will be questioned, and Pearl’s sense of the rights of women and her own power will grow.

This book is full of opportunities for book club readers to explore both our larger history and their personal coming-of-age. Best for ages 10-14.

To make a book club experience richer, this kit created by author Jeannie Mobley and Curious City offers ideas to:

– Introduce the book with suggested readings, themes and read-alikes.
– Promote the book club with a poster and suggested calendar copy.
– Discuss the book with chapter-by-chapter questions.
– Prepare for your book club with ideas and tools for:
– Holding a Skype Q&A with the author.
– Brushing up on your history.
– Including multimedia.
– Craft projects to make suffragette sashes and silver heels.
– Cooking projects for book club setting and eating.


View, Download & Print: Searching for Silverheels Book Club Kit

Best Users:

Public Children’s Librarians,, School Librarians, Grades 05-09

Best Audience:

Children Grades 05-09

More About the Book:

Searching for Silverheels

By Jeannie Mobley
Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN 9781481400299
304 pages
Ages: 10-14
Grades: 5- 9

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