Author: Karen BlumenthalAge Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 - 9
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (July 30, 2013)
Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book by an award-winning author looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.
It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places.
Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off―when a Constitutional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye.
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition is fast-paced non-fiction perfect for anyone who's interested in American history, paricularly the 1920s, gangsters, bootleggers, the history of alcohol in the US, the Eighteenth Amendment and the Constitution, and American politics.
Read more thrilling nonfiction by Karen Blumenthal:
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History (A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist)
Tommy: The Gun That Changed America
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
Praise for Bootleg:
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year
A School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
“A fast-paced, gripping narrative . . . An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Gangsters, guns, and political battles―this book has them all―and presents them in compelling prose . . . a lively read.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Lively anecdotes and personal stories keep the reading brisk and often quite jovial.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
“A highly readable, well-shaped look at the Eighteenth Amendment . . . a top-notch resource.” ―Booklist, starred review
“The scope is ambitious, but Blumenthal investigates various tangents with telling anecdotes, quotes, statistics, photographs, and illustrations without losing her focus on the bigger picture. Whether you consider ongoing problems with substance abuse or increasingly polarized political discourse, the book is startlingly relevant to modern times in many ways, marking Blumenthal as one of the more intellectually adventurous authors writing for young adults today.” ―Horn Book Magazine
Package Dimensions: 8.0 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches