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Publisher's Summary

From the Newbery Award-winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly comes a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Great Depression.

In 1932, Americans’ dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. When he was just 15 years old, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people. This is the story of his struggle to find a life for himself during those turbulent times.

©1970 Irene Hunt (P)2012 AudioGO

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So wonderful!

I took this book inroo my library because it was assigned reading to my 12 yo son. I do that to help him prepare for lessons, class discussions and tests. what I wasn't prepared for was the impact this story would have on me. this was a beautifully written, eloquently read/portrayed and deeply affecting. I am so glad my son's teacher chose this novel.

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A wonderful story of hard times and hope..

Absolutely wonderful story jam packed with action, adventure, and struggles.. You gain an insiders view of what it was like to be a kid in the 1930’s.. Wonderfully written, the character development is outstanding, and the narrator’s ability to captivate his audience is phenomenal!

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For this type of book....

....it is a good read. It gives you something to think about. I would not consider this book exciting, it is slow but meaningful. The character descriptions are fantastic, I can Visualize the boys perfectly, as if I was watching them on screen. Gives a really good understanding about the great depression was really like. I actually now understand whyMy grandparents that are well off, save every penny Dar frugal, when they do not need to be.

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Dull, Lukewarm, and Mediocre <br /><br />

The narration was pretty good but the story still fell flat despite this buttress. The premise of the book had so much promise but the author did not succeed past something perhaps a 10th grader could have written. Missing were the elements of a good book: characterization, use of vocabulary, memorable scenes, creativity, and originality to name a few. Wasted my time. I didn't hate it but it didn't add to my time spent either.

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Excellent!

I love this book. Listened in the car. Beautiful story, beautifully read. Couldn't wait to get to the next "aural" page.

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Poignant

This is a touching story of 2 boys, brothers, who take off on their own during the Great Depression. The older boy decides to leave home because of a difficult relationship with his father; his younger brother chooses to join him.

The story depicts their struggles, triumphs, and the challenges of growing up in harsh circumstances. Unlike some stories about run-a-ways, there are heroes who help these boys along their journey, making this story heartwarming.

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When Times Seem Tough Someone Else Has It Tougher

Oftentimes in life we allow ourselves to wallow in self pity, criticize those around us be they friend or foe and create a fantasy land where life is grand because we know better so it must be true. Now in my forties so many teens and young adults I have wanted to scream at them how wrong they are. But you can't and it doesn't work.

At 17 I was such a teen and I put myself in the shoes of these two young men as I read this story and grimaced. I at my lowest could not even begin to imagine the trials and hardships had by all in the Great Depression. My great grandparents have told me stories some which align with certain moments in this book. It just made this story, the two young boys, their worried family and all the good and bad characters they encountered along the way that more real to me.

The narrator did an amazing job with just the right pace and cadence necessary for a story such as this. Other comments complaining about narrator...I have no idea what more they could have expected or wanted. This book is completely foreign to the genres I usually read that I'm surprised I even gave it a chance. I'm so very glad I did and will strive to do so more often in the future.

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Wonderful tale

I Loved every bit of this sad and beautiful tale. It speaks peace in the midst of chaos and the hope of love in a harsh reality of a very cold winter.

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Heartwarming

Such a delightful book to read with a heartwarming and strong lesson to convey. The narrators voice was perfect for this book.

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So good

It was so enjoyable. I loved every moment. Cried a few times. Loved the characters and how the author developed them. Was sweet.