The Great Depression
Aaron, Chester - Lackawanna
Willy is abandoned by his family during the height of the Depression and joins
a group of train-hopping children who take care of each other. 210p.
Ayres, Katherine - Macaroni
Mike's life is full of problems. His dad's grocery business is in trouble,
he's being tormented by the class bully and his job of family rat catcher leads
to a discovery about a strange illness in the neighbor-hood. 182p.
Blackwood, Gary L. - Moonshine
Thad's keeping secret the fact that the extra money he brings home to help
out his mother comes from selling bootleg whiskey for a local moonshiner. 158p.
Curtis, Christopher Paul - Bud,
Bud runs away from his abusive foster home, determined to find his father whom
he believes is the great jazz musician, Herman E. Calloway. Winner of the 2000
Newbery Award. 245p.
Durbin, William - The
Journal of C.J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant
After the crops fail in Oklahoma, C.J.'s journal tells of his family's difficult
journey to California and the harsh realities of his new life as a migrant
DeFelice, Cynthia C. - Nowhere
to Call Home
Frances' privileged life ends when her father loses his money in the stock
market crash and commits suicide. Rather than live with a stern aunt, Frances
disguises herself as a boy and hops a train to live the life of a hobo. 199p.
Henderson, Aileen Kilgore - Hard
Times for Jake Smith
When MaryJake's sharecropper parents abandon her on the side of the road, she
transforms herself into Jake Smith, determined to make her own way in the world.
Hesse, Karen - Out
of the Dust
In a tragic, poetically written story, Billie Jo uses her journal to deal with
the many misfortunes in her life. Winner of the 1998 Newbery Award. 227p.
Horvath, Polly - The
Happy Yellow Car
Betty's father spends her college fund ($80.00!) on a bright yellow car, but
rumors of a hidden treasure buried on the family farm just might solve all
of her problems. 151p.
Peck, Richard - A
Long Way from Chicago
Each summer, Joey and his sister visit their eccen-tric grandmother in rural
Illinois. And each year, their adventures become more and more outrageous.
Porter, Tracey - Treasures
in the Dust
Best friends Annie and Violet are as different as night and day, but their
friendship makes it easier for them to face the dust storms, droughts and hard-ships
that affect their lives. 148p.
Thesman, Jean - The
Quinn's father has always been the most charming, popular person in the neighborhood.
But after he loses his job, she fears that he has become involved in some shady
activities to support the family. 180p.
Whitmore, Arvella - The
With both her parents out of work, Sarah Ann desperately searches for a way
to help pay the rent. Can she save her family from the poorhouse with her prizewinning
homemade bread? 138p.
Willis, Patricia - The
Ross is living on the road, catching rides in boxcars and sleeping in barns.
When he's seen fleeing from a burning barn, he's accused of arson. Now, he
needs to lie low while he tries to clear his name. 196p.
Prepared by Brian Crawford, September 2004