You Come To Yokum

Written by Carol Otis Hurst Kay Life (illus.)
Review by Lila Asher Sue Asher

You Come to Yokum asks the question: how would a normal teenage farm boy view a mother who was a suffragist? In a series of touching slice-of-life vignettes, the narrator Frank Carlyle demonstrates how his mother’s political activities were simply part of the landscape of his childhood like his father’s muttering, his Aunt Winnie’s tears, and his Uncle Clint’s tricks. Through the eyes of a loving son, we see Grace Carlyle first and foremost as a mother. It is not until Frank sees her through the eyes of the women whose lives she influenced does it begin to dawn on him how important her work might truly have been. This book is a gem. (Ages 8-12)

Sue Asher


This book is very inspirational. Set back during the time when women who wanted equal rights were called “suffragists,” this book zooms in on that stuff from a different view: that of 12-year-old Frank, whose mom is serious about getting the vote for women. Moving to Becket to run a lodge by Yokum Pond changes everything. After the ratification of the 19th amendment and an unfortunate happening with bees, Frank’s life will never be the same again! This is a great book. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it an 8.

Lila Asher