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The year is 1932, and the McFarland family has been hit hard by the Great Depression. When they lose their home just before Christmas, Grace, eleven, and her two younger brothers are sent temporarily to a children's home. Grace tries to understand: Mama's new baby is due any day, and Grace's beloved older brother, Pete, is terribly sick. Her stay at the mission is cut shor ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 23rd 2003 by Dutton Juvenile
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Demetria
Seems well researched and nicely written. I appreciate that there are no bad words and the little violence included was needed to convey what those people were living. I also appreciate how it presents deaf people and a boy with a birth defect as normal people who just happen to have an extra challenge in life

I'm an adult, and my children are grown, but will recommend for them to read this book to learn about how lucky they were growing up that they never went hungry. That said, I'm only giving
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Nanci
Jan 13, 2008 Nanci rated it it was amazing
Booklist says: "Gr. 4-7. During the depths of the Depression, 11-year-old Grace McFarland suffers grinding poverty. Papa can't find work, the family is homeless, and Grace and her younger brothers are placed in a charity shelter. The prosperous Hammond family take Grace in for Christmas, and she's suddenly surrounded with wonderful clothes, food, and gifts. But how can she enjoy the luxury when her older brother is dying in a TB hospital, Papa is in line at the soup kitchen, and Mama is in a dre ...more
Krista Stevens
SPOILER ALERT AT THE BOTTOM:
A very differnt look at what happened to some children during the Great Depression. In 1932, eleven-year-old Grace and her two younger brothers are sent to a mission after her family is booted out of their apartment and her parents cannot feed them. Children at this mission in Washington D.C. were often taken home by more fortunate Washington families; some ended up adopting them. Grace struggles with her loyalty to her family versus having enough food, a warm bed, an
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Katherine
Jan 15, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
This is a very good book, I really liked it! I like how it is very true to the time period! I choose this book because the girl that was on the cover was dressed in clothes that a girl would normally wear in an older time period. I like to read books that are set in an older time period because, even though the characters may not be real the background/setting is real and it helps me to learn what it's like in that time period. My favorite part of the book is when Grace spends her first Christma ...more
Lina
Set during the Great Depression, Grace and her family practically lose everything and Grace and her brothers are sent to a mission orphanage. During the holidays, Grace is given the chance to stay with a well-to-do family. She eventually learns that they are interested in adopting her. True, the conditions are much better and she loves it there, but is she willing to give up her family?

This book provided a good picture of what life was like during the Great Depression. I didn't really like Grace
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Shannon Stults
Dec 13, 2010 Shannon Stults rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: My grandma and Ms. Priscilla Cummings
To be honest, I only even have this book because the story is inspired by my grandmother, Betty Dell Stone Stults. I received an autographed copy from Priscilla Cummings when it first printed. I was about 12 years old then, and I'm sad to say that I've just now read it all the way through for the first time at 20 years old.

Though I love to read now, I absolutely hated it when I was younger. I had some free time, so I picked up this book, determined to finally read it all the way through.

And now
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Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 238 pgs

1932, Washington DC. In the middle of winter, Grace and her family are evicted from their apartment. Without any means to support them, her parents have no choice but to send Grace and her brothers to the charity shelter. Grace is chosen by the Hammond family to spend the holidays. For the first time in a long time, Grace has enough food to eat and even has her own room. When the Hammonds offer to adopt, Grace is faced with a difficult choice. Should she stay with the Hammonds and
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Janna
Apr 23, 2013 Janna rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-ya
A hard read to be sure -- not in language or words but in overall theme. The Depression was nothing to take lightly, and the author doesn't treat it lightly. I must admit I felt a bit I was being dragged downward by one bad plot twist after another. I did love the characters, though, and was glad I read the book. I'm also intrigued by the fact that this story was inspired by actual women of the author's acquaintance.
Sunshine
Sep 12, 2009 Sunshine rated it liked it
3.5 stars...there is something wonderful about a simple and moving Junior fiction story. Priscilla Cummings writes the thoughts, fears, and feelings of our young Grace McFarland character beautifully. This book would be of tremendous value to parents wanting their young children to understand that so many go without, what a great history lesson for youth getting a personal look at the trials that the Great Depression brought to our country and it's people.
Kevin Lanahan
Feb 15, 2012 Kevin Lanahan rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Loved this book. A bit of historical fiction, showing hard times and hard choices, pain and joy. Grace is a young girl whose family is struggling in the Depression in Washington DC. She is sent to live in a shelter with two of her brothers after the family is evicted from their apartment, and spends Christmas with a family that takes her in for a while.

Sweet, touching, heartbreaking, redemptive. Delightful.
Suzie Fullmer
I really liked this book partly because it truly is appropriate for children. No language; which can surprisingly be a problem. Such a sweet story about a really tough time in our nations history. It had a really good message about the importance of family. I also found it interesting that it was based on a true story. I highly recommend.
DiDi
Apr 02, 2009 DiDi rated it really liked it
This is another great book in the pseudo-journal genre. It is about a young girl who must go live in a mission during the Great Depression. It does a good job showing the conditions that many families sank to during this time and the hope the country had in the new president FDR.
Janet
Jan 05, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
This story takes place during the great depression. Based on a true story. The hardships most people went through I can only imagine. I don't think I could give up my kids like that. But I have never been through anything like that. Very good story, and a tear jerker.
Lanetta
Mar 17, 2010 Lanetta rated it really liked it
A parton at the library told me to read this book. It took me a while to pick it up and read, but I did enjoy it. It was refreshing to read about the importance of family and being a family even in the hard times. I liked the Christian values that were thoughout the book.
Sreya Molakalapalli
Oct 26, 2008 Sreya Molakalapalli rated it it was amazing
this is very inspiring book of the great depression.

this book is very tragic and emotional at the same time.
Sydney
May 03, 2009 Sydney rated it really liked it
I thought this book was amazing! It is Historical Fiction and also non fiction in a chapter book at the same time.
READ IT!
Jessica
Oct 13, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
A good book, but way too sad. Another piece of historical (family) fiction. I picked it up because it is an Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee.
Ruth
Nov 05, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it
Liked the era because I learned new things from a different place/perspective of the Great Depression.
The story is sad, but certainly made me think. Overall a good one.
Leslie
May 08, 2009 Leslie rated it it was amazing
I read this book at the recommendation of my 9.5 year old daughter after the author had visited her school. My daughter and I both LOVED it!

Shelley
May 19, 2009 Shelley rated it liked it
historical fiction novel about a young girl during the depression who faces difficult decisions and struggles to survive in a desperate world.
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it was a little sad.
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“What I hope you'll remember, Grace-is that all your life there will be people who have more than you-and people who have less. Grace hung her head. What's really important,'Miss Louise went on to say,'are the connections you have with the people you love. Your family, your friends, Grace-truly, those are the things that matter. Those are the things that will always matter the most.” 7 likes
“And in that moment, Grace understood something that she would never forget: Home wasn't just a building or an apartment with a roof and beds and chairs inside. Home was with her family, wherever they were.” 6 likes
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