Fires in the Wilderness: A Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps Boys

Fires in the Wilderness: A Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps Boys

by Jeffery L Schatzer
     
 

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It’s the Great Depression, and times are hard. Children are starving. Families are scraping by on government handouts and the kindness of strangers. There is no work to be had and no money to be earned. Teenager Jarek Sokolowski and his brother take action to save their loved ones—they apply for jobs in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
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It’s the Great Depression, and times are hard. Children are starving. Families are scraping by on government handouts and the kindness of strangers. There is no work to be had and no money to be earned. Teenager Jarek Sokolowski and his brother take action to save their loved ones—they apply for jobs in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Fires in the Wilderness chronicles the journey of a pair of Polish boys from Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1934. After some training, they are shipped far from home to a work camp in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The friends take on backbreaking jobs that leave them bruised and blistered. To make matters worse, their work leader is a cruel bully who loves to stir up trouble. When wildfires sweep across the northern wilderness, the CCC boys are pressed into duty. As the fire grows out of control, several boys find themselves trapped by walls of flame and Jarek is faced with a terrible choice.

Through their work and struggles, the Civilian Conservation Corps boys learn hard lessons about life and the importance of character, teamwork, and leadership. Fires in the Wilderness is an inspiring story that provides readers with a peek into the past through the eyes of an immigrant boy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This interesting novel was written by the son of a Civilian Conservation Corps participant, allowing the writer intimate knowledge about the events of that time, which are richly detailed in the story. The time is the Great Depression in this country. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had created various federal programs to put the unemployed to work and the CCC was one of those programs. The story follows the experiences of a young Polish boy named Jarek from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who, along with three of his friends, is given the opportunity to work at a camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The money they will earn will help their families struggling to keep food on the table. It is the first time away from home for all of them and their work will be on a remote forest camp far from home. The action of the story revolves around Jarek's adjustment to leaving home, his experiences in the physically demanding job, and his problems with Mike, his team leader. Both boys and girls will enjoy the author's descriptions of life in the camp, the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, and Jarek's struggles with growing up as a second generation Polish boy in difficult economic times. A glossary of terms and an author's notebook about literary devices are included and help to illuminate the story. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587265501
Publisher:
Spry Publishing LLC
Publication date:
07/06/2008
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

Meet the Author


Jeffery L. Schatzer has won numerous national and international awards for writing and creativity. His stories have been noted for strong moral values and important messages and themes. An avid student of Michigan and Midwest history, Jeffery creates historical fiction that brings the past to life through characters that are quirky and entertaining.

In 1935 his father was a CCC boy at a camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jeffery and his wife, Deborah, live in Bellaire, Michigan. Their home is nestled in the marvel and majesty of the Depression Era contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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