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Willis, Patricia
New York : Clarion Books, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 5.2
ISBN 0395984092
Fire! Ross woke suddenly, realizing that the barn is filled with smoke. It is 1933, and Ross, 14 years old, has run away from home after fighting with his father.  He hopped trains across the country and slept wherever he could, along with many other men who are out of work during the depression.  Now as he flees from the burning barn, he is seen and is blamed for the fire.  Ross escapes but more barns are burned and Ross must solve the mystery or be arrested. This is a captivating, fast moving story with many twists and turns.  (Jean Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)
SUBJECTS:     Runaways -- Fiction.
                        Home -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Depressions 1929 -- Fiction.


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