You Come to Yokum

You Come to Yokum

By Kay Life (Illustrator); Carol Otis Hurst

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618551224, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005


In the winter of 1920, everything changed. Frank and his family got a Model T and drove to the Berkshires to try to make a success of a vacation/hunting lodge at Yokum Pond. There are fun adventures and incidents with invited guests and uninvited animal visitors, including the mysterious “horrible huge.” The rural setting and less-than-receptive neighbors fail to deter Frank’s mother from pursuing her fight for suffrage, much to the consternation of her husband and a number of the lodge’s guests, but in the end, she sees Tennessee ratify the amendment and earns a place of reverence in the movement.

About the Author

Carol Otis Hurst has authored several novels for young adults, including Through the Lock, In Plain Sight, and A Killing in Plymouth Colony, in addition to her many professional books for teachers and librarians. A former teacher and librarian herself, Carol Otis Hurst is the columnist for Teaching K8 Magazine and conducts workshops on storytelling and children's literature around the country. She is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons. She lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Praise For You Come to Yokum

"The writing is lively and the fight for the vote becomes more than just a dry history lesson. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered through the story." --Booklist Booklist, ALA