Racial intolerance, social change, and sweeping progress make 1908 Washington, D.C., a turbulent place to grow up in for 12-year-old Emily Soper. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she's more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she'd never imagined, and strives to save Papa’s business--even if it means going all the way to the White House.
Henry, Papa’s blacksmith, can make iron sing.
Erecting beautiful carriages is Papa’s business.
Every carriage Papa makes is a work of art.
Learning to be a proper lady is harder than bending iron.
Still, Mama tries to teach me lady-like ways.
Obsolete! Beatrice Peabody has the nerve to say that about Papa’s carriages.
Fear and ignorance make some folks do terrible things.
Charlie, my best friend, doesn’t think it’s dumb that I want to be a blacksmith.
He and I do lots of things that make Mama frown.
Automobiles are coming!
Nothing is going to be the same. G ot to find a way to save Papa’s business.
Ever wish you could stop the world from changing?
Hop on over to the next blog on the tour stop, my co-author extraordinaire, Charlotte Bennardo!