It Wasn't Much: True Tales of Ten Oklahoma Heroes

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The infamous flu pandemic of 1918 brought Oklahoma City to its knees. The heroic and selfless efforts of one woman, Felicia Daugherty, a society maiden who rallied an entire city in a victorious fight against the virus, resulted in untold saved lives.

Daugherty is one of 10 Oklahoma heroes featured in a new book targeted at readers grade 3-11. The author is long-time Oklahoma City librarian Jana Hausburg, and the book s publisher is the new Forty Sixth Star Press, a company whose mission includes telling Oklahoma s story to children.

The book also features Fern Holland from Bluejacket, Oklahoma, who died while fighting for human rights in Iraq; Father Stanley Rother, from Okarche, Oklahoma, who was martyred in Guatemala after he refused to abandon his people during a bloody civil war; and Colonel Robbie Risner, who grew up in Tulsa. In 1965, his F-105 Thunderchief was shot down over North Vietnam, and thus began seven long years as a POW. During the years of torture and captivity, he inspired his fellow American prisoners in the Hanoi Hilton with his faith and optimism. He prayed by the hour not to be rescued but to be able to endure the suffering. He was released in 1973.

Other heroes include: Rosemary Hogan, Chattanooga, Oklahoma; Paul Henry Carr, Checotah, Oklahoma; Ruth Brown, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Rufino Rodrigues, Lehigh, Oklahoma; Carrie Dickerson, Inola, Oklahoma and Ruben Rivers, Hotulka, Oklahoma.

It is the compilation of extraordinary, modern-day heroes that reach wider and deeper than the pop tweens and queens of the day. This book promises to be a brilliant read for the kid on the farm in Bluejacket to the teenager working mornings at McDonald s before school and all the kids in between.

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About the Author:

Jana Hausburg is a cataloger for the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma City. Always fascinated by stories, she first picked up a pen and started writing at the age of 3 1/2. Unfortunately she could not yet spell, so the manuscript remains unpublished. The three historical figures she would like to challenge in a game of Scrabble are Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Mark Twain. She resides in Bethany, Oklahoma with her husband and two sons.

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Jana Hausburg relates the true stories of 10 Oklahoma heroes. Readers will learn about Ruben Rivers, a black soldier in World War II who fought for equality on and off the battlefield. Readers will find the story of a man who risked his life to save dozens from a coal mine fire, a woman who fought for human rights in Iraq, and a man who nearly died in a Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

Hausburg draws readers into each mini-biography with energetic prose and action. --The Oklahoman

Although It Wasn't Much is recommended for juvenile readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it myself. It makes learning history as easy as eating fudge! The stories are short and easy to read, but they are packed with adventure, heroic exploits, historical facts, and inspiration. There are ten biographies of not-so-well known Oklahoma heroes such as Rosemary Hogan who was a nurse during World War I in the Philippines and a POW, Fern Holland, an Oklahoma Cherokee, who joined the Peace Corp and was killed while serving in Iraq; Rufino Rodrigues who rescued 150 miners at the risk of his own life; and Robbie Risner, from Tulsa, who kept up the morale of his fellow Vietnam POWs from the time he was captured in 1965 until the time he was released in 1973.

Included in each chapter is more information about the setting of the story, definitions of difficult terms, suggestions for additional reading, a list of Internet resources related to the topic, and a list of places to visit in Oklahoma that compliment the story. And finally, on the Web site, there are additional pages of study resources, discussion questions, writing exercises, and teacher resources. A lot for your money! --Oklahoma Homeschool

Oklahoma can boast a lot of heroes from fields too numerous to mention, but not all of them have been adequately recognized. The Metropolitan Library System s Jana Hausburg has written a book featuring ten Oklahomans who were truly heroes.

Unlike those who are recognized for their sports prowess, beauty, or performing talents, Hausburg s five women and five men earned elite status when they risked their lives, health, or well-being to protect and defend others. They distinguished themselves during war, civil unrest, nuclear protest, mining accident, and influenza pandemic.

It is inspiring to read about male heroes like Paul Henry Carr and Ruben Rivers who died defending Americans during times of war, but I was delighted to see an equal number of women receiving the attention they deserve.

The contributions of Fern Holland, a human rights advocate, and Felicia Daugherty, who organized the care of Spanish influenza victims in Oklahoma City, were just as impressive as those of the men.

Each short biography is illustrated with a portrait and photographs from the scene. Pullout pages focus attention on factors that contributed to the situations. The pages are eye-pleasing and easy to read. Jana has pulled off an amazing feat by making her book colorful and entertaining for tweens, but adults will find it fascinating as well. I hope you will be as moved as I was by these stories of people who truly deserve to be called heroes. --info Magazine

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