Two of the books, Night Fires by George Edward Stanley and Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace, are set in Oklahoma. This is a rare treat to read a children's book that is set in Oklahoma and written by an Oklahoma author. All of my previous experiences with books set in Oklahoma have been bad, because the authors know nothing about the state and mess up details that a little bit of research would fix.
One horrific example is the only Nancy Drew book I would recommend burning, #156 The Mystery in Tornado Alley. That author messed up a town and a city. The book features the city of Medicine Bluff, which has a university, and the nearby small town of Lawton. In real life, the small town is Medicine Park, and the nearby city with a university is Lawton. Unforgivable.
And don't get me started about the unrealistic information about tornadoes, which is why every copy should be burned. Children could read this book and believe that they could be sucked into an EF5 tornado and set down gently on the ground. Why take cover from a tornado after reading that? I'm glad the stupid book is out of print.
You can understand why reading a book set in Oklahoma that is written by an Oklahoma author is a real pleasure for me. I can avoid utter stupidity.
Woodrow learns that the Senator is the Grand Wizard of the Lawton Ku Klux Klan. He is torn between what he has always believed and what the Klan believes. Woodrow is pulled at least partially into the Klan due to his desire to please Senator Crawford. Ultimately, Woodrow makes the right decision, but not without a great price.
I found this book to be very interesting and was drawn in by the powerful message.
I found this book slow at the beginning and not very interesting. After several chapters, I became very interested and read the book quickly, wanting to know how the story would play out. The climax of the book is quite terrifying. This book would appeal to any child who enjoys reading about thrilling adventures.
Everything that happened during the storm to one of my characters actually hapened to someone who told about his or her experience in that wonderful old book [that was published shortly after the storm and was full of eyewitness accounts of the storm].Knowing that the events of this story are based on actual events makes the story quite moving.