Breadline Blueby 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 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.
- Mountain Girl Press
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- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.