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The Barn Burner
After a family disagreement, Ross Cooper leaves home with only a knapsack and the clothes on his back. He hopes to find work, but job prospects in the 1930s are dim, especially for someone as young and inexperienced as Ross. His troubles worsen after he is spotted fleeing a burning barn in a Ohio town where a number of barns have gone up in flames. Though a kind but destit ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by Clarion Books
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"A family is kind of like a picture puzzle. All the pieces fit together to make something special." After a family disagreement, Ross Cooper leaves home with only a knapsack and the clothes on his back. This story captures the spirit of determination and hope boys like Ross needed to survive during the Great Depression. Ross finds haven with a loving family which helps him make an important decision.
It began as a gripping story of a young boy, run away from home and finds that he is accused of arson in a farming community. But too soon, he sees Mary and her kids and he goes on to stay with them. Somewhere at that point, the story became more of the social fabric than Ross's journey.