Not on Fifth Street
by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Two brothers, Gus and Pete are at odds over a girl; meanwhile a storm is upon their family and community. The Great Flood of 1937 is coming. The Ohio river water rises and rises on fifth street and on the surrounding community. The community is flooded and underwater. Dad and Gus go out into the flood to help the community whose homes are underwater and flooded. Dad leaves the other brother, Pete at home in charge of the household with his mom and younger sister. The two brothers are still in a feud and now are forced apart to help out the community and family. There is the question if the brothers can settle their differences and come together in the end and survive the flood?
Not on Fifth Street is a page gripping book that I couldn’t put down. The book explored family ties, family love, feuds and family commitment. This is a good story for middle school-to high school readers.
The book is mixed with fiction with actual history. Although a fictional story the book is based upon the Great Flood of 1937, which was recorded as the worst flood in the Ohio River Valley.
About the Author:
Kathy Cannon Wiechman is the author of Like a River, winner of the 2015 Grateful American Book Prize and Empty Places. Kathy loves to delve into American History, sometimes her family’s own to discover facts about folks who lived long ago.