Birmingham, 1933: Alice


by Wanda Vaughn


It’s May of 1933 and twelve-year-old Alice O’Mara’s world has been blown apart. First the tornado injured her sister and destroyed their home in Helena. Then, when the family goes to Birmingham to be close to the hospital, her brother Albert gets lured into working with the local moonshiner for easy money and a flashy car.

Alice helps out in her aunt’s Magic City Diner, and she has worries. Will her little sister recover? Will her Daddy find a job in Birmingham? Can she get Albert back from the moonshiner before the law gets him? And where will Alice call home?

It may take every bit of the magic in Alabama’s Magic City to help Alice keep her family together.

About Wanda Vaughn

Wanda discovered that she liked to write when she was in the fifth grade. She wrote poetry, short stories, and puppet skits throughout her school years. Her wild imagination had to have an outlet somewhere.

She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, hearing stories of rocket ships and the river, the mills and Monte Sano. After discovering the joys and challenges of research, she sat down to write about Clara. Alice’s story followed. Jaime is the next Alabama Girl and her story will be told in Talladega, 1969: Jamie. Look for that book in 2017.

When Wanda isn’t writing, she loves to read, bake, and go fishing. She has four dogs, one cat, two daughters, three grandsons, and one husband. Her life is full!