The Enemy: Detroit, 1954

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Calkins Creek Books
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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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
"Poet Holbrook brings back the Cold War in her debut novel for middle grades. A solid fictional examination of a time rarely depicted for this age group. She's ace at delineating the petty jealousies and tyrannies of middle school girls and her evocation of the era feels absolutely true. Marjorie's cowardice and ultimate courage lead to a rousingly satisfying ending that . . . will resonate with readers."
--Kirkus Reviews

" . . . a dominant theme in this book is developing the understanding that our perceptions of the truth can be wrong. Holbrook uses her own firsthand knowledge . . . to demonstrate the impact that the outside political and social climate has on (the main character) and her family. An excellent example of historical fiction for middle school readers."
--School Library Journal

"Poet Holbrook crafts a charming story . . . This historical view of interpersonal relations will no doubt speak to many of today's readers . . . those who are looking for a contemplative reflection on how to open one's heart will find just what they need in this novel."

"Holbrook brings home the complexities of the Cold War era in a multicultural Detroit neighborhood . . . Marjorie is a sympathetic character whose struggles to understand fear and prejudice . . . resonate sharply in today's political climate."
--Publishers Weekly