No Promises in the Wind

No Promises in the Wind

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by Irene Hunt
     
 

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In 1932, America was in the depths of a deep depression. A job, food to fill you, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes--for millions of people, these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. At 15 years of age, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry, frightened people. This is the story of a young man's struggle to find a life for himself in

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In 1932, America was in the depths of a deep depression. A job, food to fill you, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes--for millions of people, these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. At 15 years of age, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry, frightened people. This is the story of a young man's struggle to find a life for himself in the turbulent 1930s.

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Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
When the mounting tension of unemployment and poverty ravage a family during the winter of 1932 in Chicago, a father and son quarrel sends fifteen-year-old Josh Grondowski with his ten-year-old brother in tow out on the street to survive the cruelties of the Great Depression. What at first appears to be a windfall of adventure for Josh and Joey, quickly turns into the gruesome dangers of living the life of homeless tramps among the horde of other desperate men. Along the journey seeking work, food, and shelter, the brothers encounter near starvation, glimpses of hope that are dashed, and both the cruelty and kindness of total strangers. The author accurately captures the oppressive historical setting in this personal fictional account. At one of the lowest points in the boys’ journey, Lonnie, a kind and generous truck driver offers the pair a ride to New Orleans and also opens his heart to them. With their musical talents, Josh and Joey are able to find work in a circus, but when a fire destroys that venue, they again fall on terrible times. When the boys squabble and separate, it is Lonnie who ultimately brings them back together. The hardships that Josh encounters enlightens him about his relationship with the father who drove him away and leads the son back home for reconciliation. The book was originally published in 1986, but this new audio recording captures the breadth and depth of each character. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy; Ages 13 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425099698
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
91,518
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.

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No Promises in the Wind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
YULIUS10 More than 1 year ago
No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt is a story about two brothers, Josh and Joey Grondowski, who, due to lack of finances, are forced to go out on their own during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of a 15 year old boy, Josh Grondowski. After dealing with constant abuse from his frustrated father, Josh decides to leave home. Joey, Josh's younger brother, tags along for the adventure. In their journey the boys find themselves catching rides on trains and struggling to survive. With the help of a friendly truck driver from Nebraska, Lonnie Bromer, the boys are able to find a job and a place to stay. Throughout the story Josh learns about the importance of family, forgiveness, and the negative aspects of poverty due to the depression. I think I can relate to Josh because the bond the two brothers share is similar to the one my younger brother and I have. We did a lot of things together growing up, and I usually took care of my brother. The way that Josh and Joey remain by each other's side reminds me of my childhood. I really like this book because it shows the struggles of a young boy surviving during this critical period. The circumstances that surrounded Josh make him use his inner strength to overcome difficult situations. I like how the book teaches readers how desperation can affect people and also that forgiveness is one of the most powerful things in the world. I recommend this book to people interested in learning how terrible the Great Depression was during the 1930s. Anybody that enjoys reading about people overcoming hardships will enjoy this book as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt Josh and younger brother Joey Grandowski are two regular kids trying to make it through the depression. After leaving their abusive and hunger stricken home, the boys find themselves hitching rides on trains and struggling to survive. With the help of Lonnie, a friendly truck driver, Josh and Joey manage to find several jobs and a place to stay. Throughout the novel Josh learns lessons about the importance of family, negative aspects of poverty, and the hardships of love. I found that I could relate to Josh throughout the story. For instance, while facing difficult situations and poverty, Josh was for the most part able to remain optimistic. Remaining optimistic directly impacts Josh¿s will to survive and lessens the mental damage caused by poverty. I find that maintaining a positive outlook helps me deal with work, stress, and other daily obstacles. Furthermore, I can relate to Josh because of his willingness to grow. Throughout the novel Josh learns about love, forgiveness, anger, and many other difficult aspects of life. Though stubborn at first, Josh eventually learns to deal with everything that comes his way. It is this basic transition from childhood to adulthood that this book emphasizes, and that is what I relate to most about Josh. Overall I did not enjoy reading No Promises in the Wind. I found that although the novel accurately depicted a child demanding to survive and learning important life lessons, I never really considered myself entertained. My favorite part of the book is when Josh and Joey work at a carnival in Baton Rouge. I found that the descriptions of carnival attractions were amusing and the characters themselves were clever and easy to imagine. My least favorite part was towards the end of the novel when Josh was falling in love with Lonnie¿s niece Janey. It seemed irrelevant to the rest of the plot and unnecessarily long. If I could change the novel in any way, I would have given Janey a shorter role. I would not recommend this book to another person. The book was uninteresting the whole way through and the plot switches from a boy struggling to survive to a childhood love story. Someone who is studying the depression or enjoys reading about people overcoming hardships might enjoy reading this book.
Jenn Jarriel More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i had to read it in school this year and i think i read it 5 times love it
Janet Bussell More than 1 year ago
I had to read this at school,i never put it down.its a great story and made me cry! You must read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tihs book had a terrible ending. I am a true romantic, so I thought Josh ans Janey should've ended up together.
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This book was O.K., but it DEFINETLY needs a better ending. Maybe tell a little about the future Irene Hunt. Thanks for reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT!!! :)
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I read it in school, wasnt the best but ill recomend it
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No promises in the wind is a novel written by Irene Hunt in 1970 that deals with two boy's struggle in the Great Depression. It is a story about the fears and tears of the Great Depression, and the drive of people to find a job in such hard times. It is a book that would be appealing to people from young adults to adults themselves. I enjoyed this book, and that is why I recommend it to others. The beginning of the story starts with a family, worn out from the Great Depression. I was expecting this to be a typical Great Depression story, with family problems and such. I was wrong. The main character, Josh Grodowski, and his friend Howie, decide to runaway from Chicago because of the stress of the home life, and their parents. When Josh's brother Joey comes along, they have one new passenger, that is very frail and weak. On their way to Nebraska, they lose Howie in a horrific accident. Now forced to strike out on their own, Josh and Joey searcg for jobs that involve musical talent, because they are both gifted with the talent of musicv. Along the way, they find a job working at a circus, for a very large man named Pete Harris. They did that with the help of a man named Lon Bromer, or "Lonnie". Who is a truck driver from Nebraska. They kept their job at the circus, and they made many friends, like Emily, a clown, and Edward C., a dwarf man. But trouble hits when the circus tent burns down, and the boys are on the road again. After 2 weeks of travel, they are reunited with Lon again out of a twist of fate, and live with him for a few months in Nebraska. In the end, Joey and Josh find another job in Nebraska, playing music in a fancy restaurant. Once they have collected enough money, they buy tickets to the first train to Chicago. They are reunited with their family once again and Josh and his father, Stefan, learn how to deal with their differences. This book has a very complicated feel, and a unique style. It is different from any other Great Depression story I have read before. It had a powerful message, which in my opinion, was for to always be greatful for what you have. They have minor characters that help support the story line, and the main characters place in the story. The setting is different, from Chicago to Nebraska, to anywhere the boys travels lead them to. The plot is powerful, and I get why the author wrote this book. To truly tell young (and old) readers about the Great Depression, and an example of the struggles that some people had to face. This book to me was a very strong, and moving book. It gave me a taste of what the Great Depression was truly like. I enjoyed this book, and I hope that others will to.
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Irene Hunt, Newberry Award winning author of "Across Five Aprils" and "Up a Road Slowly" brings you this moving story of the Great Depression. Practically forced from his own home by an abusive father, Josh, his friend Howie, and his brother Joey hop a train hoping to find a job playing music. Howie falls beneath the train's wheels, however, and is killed. Josh suddenly finds himself the sole caretaker of his frail, starving brother. They hitchhike to Baton Rouge with a truck driver who helps them find a job at a carnival. The carnival burns just a few weeks later, however, and the two journey north in search of the truck driver who offered them his help. Along the way, Josh develops pneumonia. One day, while fevered and delusional, Josh hits Joey. Joey leaves, making Josh feel very guilty. Josh managed to find Lonnie, the truck driver, who in turn helps Josh find Joey. Josh and Joey managed to get a job playing music for diners at a fancy restaurant in the town where Lonnie lives. They earn enough money to buy a train ticket back to Chicago, and after many tearful farewells are received with open arms by their loving family and remorseful father. This story may seem like a typical book about the Great Depression, but in reality it is much more than that. It is a tale of pride and inner strength, and of the will to survive. It teaches us how far desperation can drive us, and that forgiveness is one of the most powerful things in the world. This is a story of two boys who leave home in search of work, but find themselves.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The cover does not look very promising, but it is an excellent, fast-paced novel. It shows how even in the face of hopelessness, two kids manage to get through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book for my 7th grade summer assignment, and it was a very dramatic,yet cute story of two brothers' quests to find a job.I defenitely liked this book because it kept me reading for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! It was a reading assignment for my English class in 7th grade. Usually reading assignments are beyond boring, but this book changed my outlook on reading! I absolutely enjoyed this book especially when I made a more than perfect score on my book report. (Wink, Wink!) I will definitely pass this book on to my children when I get older!