Jingo Fever

jingo fever cover imageJingo Fever

Stephanie Golightly Lowden
Middle Readers
Crickhollow Books
Paperback, 128 pages
$13.95

This captivating and important novel for middle readers is the story of young Adele Klein, a German-American girl who has come with her mother from Milwaukee to live in the small town of Ashland, Wisconsin for the summer of 1918. This is the story of Adelle's struggles to cope with local patriotic fervor in support of American troops abroad, spilling over into hatred of all things German. The summer's events teach Adelle about the importance of standing up for what's right. Coincidentally, this week at our community theatre, StageNorth, the cast is delivering a profoundly touching production of The Diary of Anne Frank, the story of another little girl and her family who experienced the horrible consequences of jingoistic hatred directed against an entire ethnic group. It's so important to tell our children these stories in recognition of the well-known cautionary adage, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," and so that they can fully appreciate that such ignorance can be directed at anyone given the right confluence of circumstances.