Breadline Blue

Breadline Blue

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by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota
     
 
Sixteen-year-old William Saxton, called Blue, lies awake every night listening to the buzzsaw of his sickly father's lungs and worrying about his mother. Blue writes to Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., asking for help, but she doesn't answer. With no more than food from the family icebox and a fishing pole, Blue runs away intending to hop the rails to D.C. where

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Sixteen-year-old William Saxton, called Blue, lies awake every night listening to the buzzsaw of his sickly father's lungs and worrying about his mother. Blue writes to Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., asking for help, but she doesn't answer. With no more than food from the family icebox and a fishing pole, Blue runs away intending to hop the rails to D.C. where he plans to confront the First Lady. Blue is not prepared for the extent of the journey ahead, where he meets people who will help him, and others who have only their own interests in mind. Faced with hunger and the elements, but equipped with self-determination, Blue succeeds in reaching his destination. But the journey has changed his purpose, and Blue will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939289117
Publisher:
Mountain Girl Press
Publication date:
02/25/2013
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Breadline Blue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Breadline Blue, the main character in this Depression Era book experiences the very real hardships of that time. With the self-imposed task of delving deep into himself for the strength and ingenuity to help his family, and the ability to absorb the lessons of each day's adventure, Blue matures and succeeds. My parents grew up during the Depression, and those hard times certainly shaped the rest of their lives. It is important that the stories of the Depression not fade away, and that we see the heroics individuals are capable of in the face of adversity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With Breadline Blue, her first young adult novel, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota sets the stage for a whirlwind of adventure and emotion as Blue finds his way from small-town America to the big city of Washington DC on an improbable quest. Through Blue’s eyes, the reader experiences the best and worst of Great Depression-era America with a memorable cast of characters. Blue overcomes insurmountable odds in a country paralyzed by poverty and prejudice, to arrive not at a destination but at a great discovery of self. Well-researched and told in authentic historic voice, Breadline Blue is not only the coming-of-age story of one small-town boy, but it is the greater story of America during his time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I loved this book.  The story line was fascinating, the characters were so real and it brought the depression era to life.  Once I started it, I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book to read with my grandson. It was a learning experience for my grandson and just plain enjoyable for me. Blue reminded me of a twentieth century Tom Sawyer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention the whole time. I love the main character, Blue. He is honest and like many kids just learning about himself. Sometimes he seemed a little slow on the uptake but that is what was so charming about him. The author really wrote a great period story everyone should read, old and young. I can see this book in the classroom.