Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1935

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Fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke writes this exciting and harrowing tale of Grace Edwards and her family's struggle to survive the dangers and despair of the American Dust Bowl.

In fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke's first Dear America book, we meet Grace Edwards, a little girl growing up in the heart of the Texas panhandle, in the midst of the Dust Bowl. Fierce, dust-filled winds ravage the plains and threaten the town's agricultural livelihood, ...

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Overview

Fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke writes this exciting and harrowing tale of Grace Edwards and her family's struggle to survive the dangers and despair of the American Dust Bowl.

In fourteen-year-old Katelan Janke's first Dear America book, we meet Grace Edwards, a little girl growing up in the heart of the Texas panhandle, in the midst of the Dust Bowl. Fierce, dust-filled winds ravage the plains and threaten the town's agricultural livelihood, creating poverty and despair among Grace's neighbors. Will her family's farm survive?

A twelve-year-old girl keeps a journal of her family's and friends' difficult experiences in the Texas panhandle, part of the "Dust Bowl," during the Great Depression. Includes a historical note about life in America in 1935.

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Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
In an unusual twist to the "Dear America" series, this diary has actually been written by a fifteen-year-old girl from Dalhart, Texas, who won a "Dear America" student writing contest. A sixth-generation Texan, Katelan Janke says she can readily imagine Grace Edwards' life as a young girl in Dalhart. The saga of the Dust Bowl and the Depression take on dramatic new meaning when we read that Grace had to knead bread in a drawer to prevent dust and sand from mixing with the flour. New clothes were made from cotton flour sacks, and Grace was especially grateful when her father bought matching sacks with pretty patterns. In some ways, though, the life of preadolescent girls in 1935 was much the same as today—concerns about fashion, popularity, and the ever present arrogant snob. The snob gets her comeuppance in this story, and the epilogue provides interesting details about all the main characters as they become adults. There are also several photos which will help readers picture life in the Dust Bowl region and also show how an author uses documents and newspaper advertisements to add honest details to a story.
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Gr 4-8-Grace, 12, details the hardships she endures with her family and neighbors. She describes how they must scrub their house constantly, knead bread in a drawer, and breathe through damp handkerchiefs during a "duster." Even graver dangers abound: dust pneumonia, plagues of jackrabbits, and the loss of livelihood for farmers. Most compelling are the tiny joys that make life bearable: a baby jackrabbit, a dress lovingly created from a floral flour sack. An epilogue that provides a lively summary of the rest of their lives has more plot than most of this episodic novel. The winner of an Arrow Book Club/Dear America Student Writing Contest, the 15-year-old author interviewed several people who lived through the Dust Bowl. One small error appears in the notes: The Dust Bowl caused one of the United States's largest migrations, but at one million people, it is not the largest. As an example of what a teen can achieve when she explores her neighborhood and nations past, Survival succeeds. Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997) provides a more poetic view of this period. Combine those two books with Milton Meltzer's Driven from the Land (Benchmark, 2000), Jerry Stanley's Children of the Dust Bowl (Crown, 1992), Elizabeth Partridge's Restless Spirit (Viking, 1998), and William Durbin's The Journal of C. J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant (Scholastic, 2002) for a unit about one of the country's worst ecological disasters.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439215992
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Props to the creators of dear america for another brilliant mast

    Props to the creators of dear america for another brilliant masterpeice. As a person who has read almost every book in the series, i have to say this is the best. I started reading the series in 5th grade. I'm in 8th now. Thanks to these books, twilight, and maximum ride I now read all the time. But, no matter how many books I read this will always be one of my favorites. I highly reccomend it for lovers of historical fiction. This book will stand the test of time. And as much as I read, I can't say that a lot. Keep on readin -LADY BOOK (a future writer/ book reveiwer/editor) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    A really good book

    This book was really good. I read when I was in 4th grade before we learned about the dust bowl. Then when we learned about the dust bowl I already knew a lot of the stuff because of this book. One of the best books I ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    1 OF THE BEST!!!!

    This is sutch a good book it never got boring and it was so good!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    best book ever

    love it.Iit is so good I Cryed it is amust read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    Probably the greatest Dear America book in the series

    This book was magnificent. It was well-written, very historical, included both humorous and sad moments, and was overall quite superb. I really enjoyed this book and reccomend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I WILL DEFENETLY READ THIS BOOK AGAIN ITS SO PACKED FULL OF ADVENTURE AND THINGS THAT MADE IT TUFF TO SURVIVE I GIVE IT 2 THUNBS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    OUTSTANDING!!!

    I really enjoyed Survival in the Storm. My great-grandmother grew up during the Great Depression in Missouri. Even though there wasn't much of a plot, I enjoyed the story. As a future writer myself, this book shows what one teenager {Katelan Janke} can do. I fell in love with Grace, and I cried when her sister's friend died. It was a story of survival--some families survived, others didn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Cool Book

    This was a really interesting book!!!! I'm from Texas, but I didn't realize how much of the U.S. was devastated by the Dust Bowl!! I reccommend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    Amazing Dear America Book!

    This was a great book. I think the Author's age (16) really helps her connect with the readers of this age group and what they want from a Historical fiction book. I really enjoyed this book. It's about the Dust Bowl, which is in the Midwest, how families struggled to survive. Some didn't, but others found the strength to pull through. It was quite detailed & the storyline was very interesting. I love this book & others in the Dear America series! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    some one

    A very very very good book. A special bond between friends and family. A wonderful book for a texan girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    I couldn't put it down!

    This book takes place in Dalhart, Texas. I'm from Texas.Before I read this book, I thought the dust bowl only occured in Kansas! Just the title, Survival in The Storm,intrigued me.Also, this book was written by a fifteen-year-old girl, so it sounds just like a REAL diary! I recommend this amazing book to anyone who is from Texas and wants to learn about Texas history, or just wants a good book to snuggle with. All in all, I think you'll enjoy this book.Remember, it's been given 5 stars for a reason!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Excellent book!

    Very impressive! It's part of our history of Dust Bowl of 1930s on famous Route 66.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Despite the author's age, this is a true Dear America book!

    Although the author is only fifteen-being the winner of a national contest for the 1998 Arrow Book Club-this Dear America book lives up to the standards of even the works Kathryn Lasky and Carolyn Meyer. This is the story of Gracie Edwards, a young girl growing up in the Texas panhandle in a small town called Dalhart-the author's hometown. However, when the Dust storms begin and the Depression rises-Texas becoemns a wasteland and a terrible place to live. But Grace survives, through being lost in duststorms and overcoming problems and deaths. This is definetly a good story. I went to my school bookfair and bought this with Eleanor-Crown Jewel of Aquitaine(of the Royal Diaries)-both of which I have wanted badly every since I first heard of them. They are both good reads and even though Bn.com doesn't ahve either of the books in yet-by them when they are available!

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