Alexander, Lloyd.  The Gawgon and the boy, 2001.  199 pp.
                    In Depression-era Philadelphia, when 11-year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by the unique and adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.

    Christie, Agatha books

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bud, not Buddy, 1999.  245 pp.
                    Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  Newbery Award, 2000.

    DeFelice, Cynthia C.  Nowhere to call home, 1999.  200 pp.
                    When her father kills himself after losing his money in the stock market crash, twelve-year-old Frances, now a penniless orphan, decides to hop aboard a freight train and live the life of a hobo.

    Durbin, William.  The journal of C.J. Jackson: a dust bowl migrant, 2002.  169 pp.
                    Thirteen-year-old C.J. records in a journal the conditions of the dust bowl that cause the Jackson family to leave their farm in Oklahoma and make the difficult journey to California, where they find a harsh life as migrant workers.

    Fitzgerald,  F. Scott.  Berniece Bobs her Hair

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  Great Gatsby

    Gilbreth, Frank B.  Cheaper by the Dozen

    Hemingway, Ernest books

    Hesse, Karen.    Witness.  2001.  161 pp.
      A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

    Houston, Gloria.  Littlejim's dreams

    Karr, Kathleen.  Playing with Fire .  2001.  185 pp.
      Greer spends the summer of 1924 at a Long Island seashore mansion, where she helps her psychic mother and a sinister magician conduct seances, and unexpectedly finds new direction for her life.

    Levine, Gail Carson.  Dave at Night

    Morrison, Toni. Jazz.  1992. 229 pp.

    Peck, Richard.  Cowboy Ghost.  1999.  200 pp.
      Growing up without a mother and with an aloof father on a cattle ranch in Florida in the first part of the 1900s has made Titus very close to his older brother, Micah, and determined to make Micah proud of him when the two go on their first cattle drive together.

    Peck, Richard.  A long way from Chicago, 1998.  143 pp.
                    A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

    Porter, Tracy.  Treasures in the dust, 1997.  148 pp.
                    Eleven-year-old Annie and her friend Violet tell of the hardships endured by their families when dust storms, drought, and the Great Depression hit rural Oklahoma.

    Roddy, Lee.  The gold train bandits, 1992.  175 pp.
                    Twelve-year-old Hildy and her family have a hard life in California during the Depression, but her efforts to help the daughter of an outlaw strengthens Hildy's faith.

    Roddy, Lee.  Terror in the sky, 1991.  175 pp.
                    Struggling with school and a lack of money during the Depression, seventh grader Hildy is overwhelmed when the little girl she cares for after school is kidnapped, but God steps in in a remarkable manner.

    Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Esperanza rising, 2000.  262 pp.
                    Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.  Also available in Spanish as Esperanza renace.*

    Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.  Cat running, 1994.  175 pp.
                    Unhappy 11-year-old Cat Kinsey befriends a poor family from Texas who have moved to California during the Depression.

    Wodhouse, P.G. books

    Yeo, Laurence. The Star Fisher.   1992.  150 pp.
       Fifteen-year-old Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920ís.

  Back to: Top | Reading Lists |Booktalks main page

    Contact:Webmaster | Last Updated: April 22, 2006  | Copyright © 1999-   by Nancy J. Keane
    Permission is granted for the noncommercial duplication and use of this resource, provided it is substantially unchanged from its present form and appropriate credit is given.