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Title:
Survival in the storm : the dust bowl diary of Grace Edwards
Author:
Janke, Katelan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2002.
Physical Description:
189 pages ; 20 cm.
Summary:
A twelve-year-old girl keeps a journal of her family's and friends' difficult experiences in the Texas panhandle, part of the "Dust Bowl, " during the Great Depression. Includes a historical note about life in America in 1935.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 6.0 64752.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 9 Quiz: 31073 Guided reading level: X.
ISBN:
9780439215992
Format :
Book

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Summary

Fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke writes this exciting and harrowing tale of Grace Edwards and her family's struggle to survive the dangers and despair of the American Dust Bowl.

In fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke's first Dear America book, we meet Grace Edwards, a little girl growing up in the heart of the Texas panhandle, in the midst of the Dust Bowl. Fierce, dust-filled winds ravage the plains and threaten the town's agricultural livelihood, creating poverty and despair among Grace's neighbors. Will her family's farm survive?


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. In a strong Dear America series book, Grace Edwards uses her journal to tell the story of a year (1935) in the Texas Panhandle town of Dalhart during the days of the Dust Bowl. Centered on a 12-year-old's perspective of home and school, chores and friends, Grace's diary reveals in graphic detail what life was like when farms failed, families went hungry, and children died from dust pneumonia because no rain fell. Old photographs and advertisements, part of the Historical Notes section, add further detail to a rather depressing, but fictionalized, authentically flavored account of a significant portion of American history, which is made more remarkable by the fact that Janke was only 15 years old when the novel was published. The story grew from a selection she wrote for the 1998 Arrow Book Club/Dear America Student Writing Contest. --Frances Bradburn


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Grace, 12, details the hardships she endures with her family and neighbors. She describes how they must scrub their house constantly, knead bread in a drawer, and breathe through damp handkerchiefs during a "duster." Even graver dangers abound: dust pneumonia, plagues of jackrabbits, and the loss of livelihood for farmers. Most compelling are the tiny joys that make life bearable: a baby jackrabbit, a dress lovingly created from a floral flour sack. An epilogue that provides a lively summary of the rest of their lives has more plot than most of this episodic novel. The winner of an Arrow Book Club/Dear America Student Writing Contest, the 15-year-old author interviewed several people who lived through the Dust Bowl. One small error appears in the notes: The Dust Bowl caused one of the United States's largest migrations, but at one million people, it is not the largest. As an example of what a teen can achieve when she explores her neighborhood and nations past, Survival succeeds. Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997) provides a more poetic view of this period. Combine those two books with Milton Meltzer's Driven from the Land (Benchmark, 2000), Jerry Stanley's Children of the Dust Bowl (Crown, 1992), Elizabeth Partridge's Restless Spirit (Viking, 1998), and William Durbin's The Journal of C. J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant (Scholastic, 2002) for a unit about one of the country's worst ecological disasters.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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