In October 1871 13-year-old Sophie Caswell longs to escape the dullness of life in her small farming community. Her grand plan is to find fame far away from Yorkville Wisconsin.
Sophie’s dreams are thwarted when the Chicago Fire brings chaos to that city and leads to the arrival of 12-year-old Hans Hoffman and his family at the nearby McEachron farm. While Sophie stubbornly pursues her dreams Hans struggles to adapt to a world very different from the bustling German neighborhood he once knew.
During a memorable winter Sophie and Hans learn much about life loss and the road home as their families face the challenges of the years following the Civil War.
Plank Road Winter is a sequel to Plank Road Summer which was a story set in Yorkville in 1852 when two pioneer girls become involved in the Underground Railroad. Winter takes place a generation later when those pioneer girls are grown up and married with children of their own.
CRICKHOLLOW BOOKS is an independent publisher of books for young readers. Website at www.CrickhollowBooks.com.
Hilda and Emily Demuth are sisters who grew up in the locale depicted in the book where they heard stories of the old plank road from descendants of the early settlers.
Hilda Demuth a high school English teacher lives near Valparaiso Indiana.
Emily Demuth a school library/media aide and freelance writer lives in Elmhurst Illinois a suburb of Chicago.