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No Promises in the Wind (DIGEST)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,603 Ratings  ·  442 Reviews
From the Newbery Award winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly comes a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Great Depression…No Promises in the WindIn 1932, Americans’ dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than d ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Berkley (first published August 15th 1970)
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Samuel Cook
Jan 19, 2009 Samuel Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it...uh. it made me cry. Irene Hunt writes in such a way that tears at the heart. Her stories describe the human condition in a tragic, optimistic way. You hurt for her characters and you rejoice with them. She walks you through their world of heartbreak and struggle and then takes you to the other side with a better hope for their future. You feel good when you are done.
No Promises in the Wind is set in the depression. It is the story of two young brothers struggling to survive as they travel
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Nik I
Apr 07, 2013 Nik I rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Promises In The Wind by Irene Hunt is a very powerful and sad story. This book takes you through the struggles of the Grondowski family living through the height of the Great Depression. The year is 1932 and Stefan Grondowski has lost his job and has not been able to find work. The comfortable life they were living is gone and Stefan cannot provide for his wife and family. There are three siblings Kitty the oldest, Josh and Joey. Josh is the main character and is fifteen years old. Josh and h ...more
Kevin H.
Nov 04, 2009 Kevin H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Debbie Landry
In high school/middle school Irene Hunt was a popular choice for reading: No Promises in the Wind, Across Five Aprils, Up a Road Slowly. I remember the titles and the cover art. So I wanted to go back and re-read No Promises in the Wind and also read some of the other titles I hadn't a chance to read. This book was a simple read, but the story is powerful. It paints a picture of the Great Depression vividly and captures the struggles, the rawness, the bitterness at times, and the anger. I enjoye ...more
Drew Geier
May 08, 2013 Drew Geier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt. This book will take you back to the dirty thirties and give you a taste of what it might have felt like to live during that period. Josh and Joey are having troubles with their parents and decide to make a big decision.
My favorite character in this book is Josh, Josh is a 15 year old teenager who dislikes his father very much. He feels like his dad, Stefan doesn’t care for him and loves Joey (his 10 year old brother) more. I feel bad for him because
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Allisen
May 02, 2012 Allisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a 4 star because it was a very interesting book to read. But the bad part about the book would have to be when one of my favorite characters had died kind of in the middle of the book. That would be my least favorite part of the book for me. It was interesting when we learned about how it was in the olden days when you had very little to eat and barely any clothes to wear to keep you warm. But this nice lady came along in the story and lent Josh and Joey a nice house that were s ...more
Joshua Lechner
I thought that this book was good. It was about this kid and his brother that ran away from home because there was not enough money for the family to let them eat. Joshes brother Joey and his friend Howie all ran away. At the beginning Howie died because of a passenger train.they try to go south and they meet this guy named Lonnie. He sends them south to Louisiana to try to get a job. Then he got a job at a carnival. The owners name was Pete Harris. Then the carnival got burned down and then the ...more
Ellie
May 12, 2016 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-reading
I had to read this for school and had no expectations going into this book, only because I have read a book by this author before and was not a fan. I do enjoy reading about this time period. The thing is that some of the characters just did not seem very real. Josh fell in love, what, twice in this book? The only thoughts I saw come from Josh is that "She's funny," and "she's pretty." It seemed like he never really fell in love. I totally ship Josh+Janey though.

So the story was pretty good, bu
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Monty Python
The name of this book escaped me for years, but I had to track it down to properly skewer this sullen and dour episode of my middle school years. At last, I will be avenged!

This and Rifles for Watie were the two books I credit for not only netting me a C- in my seventh grade English class, but almost turned me off reading completely. To be fair, most of that was probably due to my English teacher, but this book and it's intensely dull, drab and sluggish nature had a prominent part to play. There
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Steve
Aug 25, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, 7th-grade
Let me start by saying my rating is based on my personal preferences, and not on Hunt's writing skills, which are fine.

This story is realistic fiction and historical fiction, neither of which genres are particular favorites of mine. However, for those enjoy learning about a particular time period via the story of characters living through those times, this novel will be right up your alley.

The story follows Josh, a young teen living during the Great Depression of the 1930's. When the story beg
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John Grigoryan
May 20, 2014 John Grigoryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about two boys, who decide to run away during the time of The Great Depression. In this book, Josh Gordonwnski decides to run away from his home, because he is tired of his father always criticizing him. When he decides to run away his brother Joey tags along with him. While on this journey they travel out of Chicago and move to close countries and try to find jobs. The reason why I choose this book is because it has many different life lessons. For example, during their time as run ...more
Ananya
Mar 25, 2016 Ananya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I started this book as extra credit for school I did not think it would be so good. The way Irene Hunt writes she gives off so much information without making it seem like information. It was a story to me-and a sad one at that. I really think it was a great book though it did have some parts that dragged a bit. I don't think the summary does this book justice at all and it really doesn't give the reader any idea of how much depth there is to this book. No Promises in the Wind explains ...more
Tokoro
Jun 19, 2015 Tokoro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


"They are a growing army. There are hundreds of them on the roads this winter; most of them are boys in their teens. There are scores of younger children, some of them so young that one marvels at their survival. They come from the cities where the unemployment of a father often means too little food for too many mouths. They come from the farms where the incredibly low prices of produce have been as tragic for the farm family. They don't know where they are going or why. They simply move on—on
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Patsy
Jan 19, 2015 Patsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depression Era - 1933.- families all over America were starving, the Great Depression had hit our country. There is no money and not enough food to feed everyone in the family. Irene Hunt has a skill that pulls at your heart strings. Grown men and young boys left home to try to find work and food for their families.

This novel is about three young boys leaving home because of the hardships in their homes. Josh age 15, Joey, his brother age 10, and Howie age 15, Josh' s best friend all three left
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Andrew Watts
Boring t times but a good book overall
Jane Farrelly
Jun 07, 2016 Jane Farrelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Promises in the Wind is a lovely story of two boys' struggle for survival in the depression. I rather enjoyed this book, how it shows the harsh struggles in such a real way.

The characters became surprisingly real to me, and I connected with them more than I'd originally expected. Josh's worries and hopes are all done so well that I couldn't help being drawn into his story. Plus, it's in 1st-person and 1st-person rocks.

The bitter-sweetness of the overall story is touching and it makes the book
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Penny
Jan 12, 2009 Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depression years; teenaged boys out on their own; tough times; good story.
Noah
Aug 23, 2009 Noah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys wasting their time
Recommended to Noah by: my teacher
I find it an extremely simple, tedious, dull book. I did not enjoy it.
Krista Kosar
May 02, 2015 Krista Kosar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irene Hunt has such a simple yet powerful writing style. She does not use eloquent language, rather, her characters talk like normal people so that readers can step into their shoes and imagine themselves saying those very words.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It gives a detailed account of two boys' journey to make a lives for themselves during the United State's darkest time - the Great Depression. The hardships they face, the trials they bear, and the joys they experience are beautifully writte
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Kristin K
May 17, 2011 Kristin K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an amazing book about perserverence and never giving up. It is about two brothers, and a friend who leave home. Josh decides to leave home because he doesn't get along with his dad and his family can't afford him. His best friend Howie, his little brother Joey, and him set off to find a better life. They planned on making money by Howie and Josh playing music. Early on when they were leaving Chicago though, Howie got sucked under a train and died. The two brothers had to keep ...more
Taylor W
Josh's main talent is the piano, having been taught by his mother. However, while living with the temper of his father, he sets upon the decision to leave Chicago and find a living on his own. His mother supports his decision.
Despite Josh's feelings about Joey, Howie convinces Josh to bring him along, which later turns out to be a good decision. With the hope that their musical talents could earn them a living, they set out. Howie brought his banjo, and Joey was a great singer. On the first day,
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Christian Scarlett
I read the book No Promises in the Wind by . It’s a historical fiction book, so to anyone who’s a fan of that genre, pick this one up. I thought it was a pretty good book.
The book starts out in a small house, 1932, in Chicago. 15 year old Josh is trying to get used to his new life living in the Great Depression. He has many quarrels with his father which leads to him deciding to leave his home with his friend, Howie, in search of a life on their own. Since then, there are good times, bad times,
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Daniel Reisenauer

I recently finished reading this book in my class room. It took us like 2 weeks to do it. At first I thought it wouldn’t be a very good book but then as we started reading I found myself reading ahead of everybody. This is a very good book so I hope you will take the time to read this.
I really like how in this book when they were turning into rebels and they left their house so their family wouldn’t have to pay for them to eat. It was really sad how when they were jumping on the train Howie tr
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Mikayla Lynn
Although this probably was not a favorite on my list, it was a nice read. I probably enjoyed this book a little more than most just because I am used to reading historical fiction. It takes place in the Great Depression. Josh, the main character is a hefty teen boy seeking independence from his no-nonsense father. Although Josh says some nasty stuff about his dad I believe that deep down he still loves him. Josh loves to play the piano along-side his banjo playing pal Howie. Howie is a spirited ...more
Amanda Holmes
May 10, 2013 Amanda Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read the book No Promises in the Wind by: Irene Hunt. I read it as a class at school. I actually kind of enjoyed the book and I’m not always the history type. This book is all about the Great Depression and how 2 boys face the hardest times but still live on to make it to where they want to go.
This book is about a guy named Joey who is only 15 years old and he practically get’s kicked out of his house but yet he chooses to leave. When he leaves he takes his friend Howie who if I remember corre
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Myah Malchow
My language arts class just finished the book No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt. I liked this book but it was a little exciting but, not a lot of excitement for me at least. It’s historical and takes place back in the 1930’s during the Great Depression! Let me share a little about this book.

The main character and narrator is Josh who is 15 and he has a little brother who is Joey, he is 10 years old. Josh has a Dad, Mom and a sister Kitty who just lost her job so did his dad. Josh’s Mother do
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Lauren Swanson
No Promises in the Wind
I just read No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt. I thought this book was boring because nothing really exciting happened in this book at all. This book was not very good at all. These are the reasons why.
My favorite part was when Josh got sick and Joey ran away. This is because something actually exciting happened. The whole book was kind of boring. I spaced out a lot of the times when we were reading this book. They should have made the book way more exciting. I just
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Mackenzie Smith
I just finished reading the book No promises in the Wind. The author of this book was Irene Hunt. The genre of this book is historical fiction.
The main characters in this book are Josh, Joey, Lonnie, Janey and Emily. My favorite character is Joey because he is always thinking of other people. He is as nice as he can be, and never just thinks about himself. I thought that it was really nice when he went back and gave half of the bread loaf to the lady that gave it to them for food. I thought th
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Eden Schanzenbach
May 15, 2013 Eden Schanzenbach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the book No Promises In the Wind. I didn’t enjoy the book at all. I think many people would like this book because it has a story about the Great Depression in it, but I didn’t like it because I don’t enjoy books about history.
In this book there is a boy named Josh and his brother named Joey. They have to leave home because their mom and dad do not make enough money to pay for food to feed them because it is the Great Depression. Josh bring along his best friend Harry.
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Landon Lundquist
May 13, 2013 Landon Lundquist rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Landon Lundquist
Our language arts class just finished reading the book No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt. It was a pretty good book. It was a historical book. I don’t really like historical books; I tried to come in to read this book with a positive attitude. Well let me tell you I am very glad I did.
In this book, Josh (15 yrs old) and Joey (10 yrs old) are two brothers that are living in the great depression with their best friend Howie (15 yrs old). Their parents a
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