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As a teenager growing up during the Depression, Moss Trawnley doesn't have time to be a kid. In search of opportunity, Moss lies about his age and heads west to join Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. While working to protect Montana's wildlife, he goes to school, makes lifelong friends, falls in love, and finds what he almost lost in the crisis of the Great Depressi ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I absolutely loved this book.

In Hitch, Ingold describes the journey of Moss Trawnley in becoming a man during the middle of the Great Depression. Moss deals with a father who struggles with alcoholism and commitment issues of his own before joining up with the CCC Civilian Conservation Corps one of the alphabet soup organizations created during the New Deal.

Though as a fiscal conservative sometimes I cringe at how Roosevelt drastically increased the size and scope of
Judith Robinson
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book that highlights the struggles of young adults in the Great Depression. It also brings alive life in a little-known area of the United States in a compelling and dramatic way. It made me want to visit Montana and to learn more about the young men who were forced into labour because they couldn't find work. The Depression is a time period that's always held some fascination for because of the way it bonded people together and forced them to be strong.

This is a well-writt
Dawn Roberts
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this coming-of-age story of a young man in 1935 who finds work and purpose when he joins the CCC. I especially liked the tagline on the cover: Becoming a man takes work. Interesting implications for the young characters who realize at the end of the book they may all end up fighting WWII together.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about the CCC.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s initial New Deal programs designed to put the nation’s young men to work during the Great Depression. They were charged with among other things the tasks of reforestation, dam and reservoir construction, and park restoration. Ingold tells a fascinating story that shows why a young man might join the CCC and what camp life might be like.

More than just being an overview of the CCC though, she creates a likeable protagonist for
Near the end of the last school year, we decided to revamp our English curriculum. Hitch and Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals were two books that we decided to add to our 9th grade English class. We liked Hitch because it was told from a male's perspective, a major plus for high school, and it is historical fiction. I recently read it since I am adding it to my class this trimester and I surprisingly enjoyed it much more than expected!

Like I said, one of the reasons we wanted to read an
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Moss Trawnley has lost his job, which means he has to put radio school on hold. Because he can’t go home (his mom couldn’t afford to keep him along with his sisters), he sets out to find his dad, who supposedly went north to find work. The time is the Great Depression and the setting is America’s west—the dust bowl. Moss does find his father, realizes he’s a loser and sets off to find work with the CCC in Montana. He succeeds in getting in a squad, and eventually works his way up to Junior Leade ...more
Kiersten V.
Hitch by Jeanette Ingold is about a boy named Moss's struggles to make money for his family during the Great Depression. After his father lost his job he moved the family to Spanish Creek , Louisiana, then left in search of a job. Moss left them too, and went to Muddy Springs, Texas to work at the airfield. But after his boss fired him, Moss had no where to go. He ventured to Montana to find his lost father. He arrived in bitter disappointment at the sight of his father, who was jobless and drun ...more
I didn't realize I'd already read this book until I was at least a chapter into it. I liked it just as much a second time, though probably savored it more the first time (I read it in about 3 hours last night).

The story follows Moss Trawnley as he joins the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in Montana during the Great Depression. Having participated in the present day cousin of this program (AmeriCorps) I liked learning about the historical nature of the program while also enjoying the fictiona
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Moss is a teenage boy who's lost his way but still wants to do right by his family and himself. He ends up joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana. (The CCC was a real thing, a New Deal organization that employed young men to work on/build/improve roads, parks, forests, and other public buildings and land.)

I took particular delight in Moss's journey with the CCC, because it so closely mirrored my own journey with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. We were told that NCCC wa
Jaymie Starr
I thought this was a very informative book about the CCC which there seems to have been very little written about. I was curious about it because my Grandpa served the CCC when he was probably about the same age as Moss (the main character) but in Northern Minnesota. I remember him telling me stories about some of the things they did & once, we visited the State Park they worked at. I was pretty bummed to see the low ratings on this book, especially from people who hadn't even finished the b ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Jeanette Ingold not too long after this book was published. At the time, though, I was interested in her book The Big Burn. Not only had I fought forest fires for many years, but I had written a research paper in college about the fire of 1910 or the big burn, so we had a fun chat about that. I came across Hitch the other day and was excited to read it. I enjoyed The Big Burn, but I think Hitch was even better written. This story takes place in Montana, late 1936, and tells about a boy's e ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this book. I read it for the college history class, which shortly needs to choose a book of choice (fiction or nonfiction) about US history after Reconstruction. 17-year-old Moss joins the CCC during the Great Depression when his father disappears and stops sending money back to the family. Though many fellow workers are assigned to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone, Moss and his friends end up in Montana, helping to rebuild failing farmland, divert water sources and train local farme ...more
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read to page 40 in this young adult historical novel, and just couldn't continue. Not when I have so many interesting novels on my shelves begging to be read. I don't think this is a bad novel, but I just felt like I was reading a junior high Accelerated Reader novel. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood? But, anyway, I felt like I was wading through so much historical background information and waiting for the plot to kick in. I didn't want to wait. So I stopped.[return][return]The official Libra ...more
Adam Scott
The book was taken place in the era of the depression. Moss tawny was fired from his job. HE then traveled to go meet his father to see how he was dooing. Moss needed money for his family back home. Thats why he went to seek out his father. Once he found his father, Moss also found out he was the new town drunk. As Moss now new this, he went to seek out a job for himn and his family. He left his father and Went to a CCC camp for training. This would give moss's family 25 dollars a month. He was ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction book (written for a young adult audience) about the CCC, from a young man's perspective. Can't say why I've been fascinated by Depression-era stories lately, but this fits that bill. In some ways, lightly reminiscent of "Water for Elephants." Moss (great name) has a shiftless father and a mother with younger siblings needing support back home. He ends up joining a CCC group in Montana, and the book describes his emotional and physical growth via the CCC program. If you'd ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book Hitch by Jeanette Ingold is about a boy named Moss who joins the CCC to help support his family during the great depression. I feel that this book is ok. Sometimes it is very boring, while other times it is action packed. I feel the author goes into too much detail on things that don’t really matter. There are some parts that are suspenseful, but others are just boring. I also felt this book had two good messages. One being that family comes first, which is showed when Moss joins the C ...more
I plan to send this book to my teenaged grandsons. Their grandfather, my late father in law, was actually in the CCC during the Great Depression and he helped construct a bridge across the Ochlockonee River that we still use today. I am hoping they find it more relevant than some of the better known books such as All's Quiet on the Western Front, that they have been assigned. There are interesting thought/discussion questions in the back. A lot of the issues that young Moss faces are ones we ar ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
Moss Trelawney’s dad has given up. The U.S. is deep in the Depression, and he’s become a drunk who left his family to fend for themselves. So Moss decides to be as different as he can be – he joins the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, a group that will forever change the face of America. The CCC runs like the Army, but it builds dams, plants trees, changes the flows of creeks and rivers – all to fight the deadly Dust Bowl and prevent mass starvation. But it’s really hard work, and the Depres ...more
Robert J. Rubis
Hitch was my first Jeanette Ingold read. I was initially drawn to it because of its depiction of the Great Depression, because I grew up in a time when my parents' generation still vividly remembered those times. My dad's stories of managing a community library after school and setting pins in the local bowling alley at night always kept me in thrall, and the flyleaf description of Moss Trawnley's similar stories got my attention. Here's a book for kids that have never heard my Dad's stories", I ...more
Michelle Brock
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too many children's books with leadership themes so clearly discussed. Moss takes a job during the depression with the Civilian Conversation Corps. It's a clean book, but not subtle, so would probably be best enjoyed by middle school students. There's no ambiguity, but it does have clear and consistent character development.
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Texas seventeen-year-old who wants to become a radio operator during the depression gets a job in Montana with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) when he loses his job and has to help support his family after his father abandons them and becomes a drunk. Explores leadership, working for a cause, unity, overcoming adversity, friendship, some romance
I nice view of life in the depression time, from a teenage boy's point of view. A light read to be honest... meaning I was not impressed with depth of the characters changing or anything. I didn't feel like the end was very satisfying either. The romance part of it was especially unsatisfying. But an okay book.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather enjoyed this because I got to read a little bit of history to it and how the men had struggles. In our society today it just seems everything can be ignored if it is not happy news, but I really grasped onto what the story was showing.
This was... interesting. It was rather informative than entertaining. The experiences of a young man employed as a CCC-er (Civilian Conservation Corps). I liked the main character, Moss. He was fine person. But like I said before, informative rather than entertaining.
Sep 13, 2010 is currently reading it
so far I have a protagonist, who is moss, but I dont really have a antagonist. The conflict is internal beacuase he is mad at his dad, but then he is struggling wiith finding a place to stay and finding a job after he got fired
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have reached the point that my sister-in-law mentioned with regard to this author...eventually, you feel serious deja vu with her books. If you've read two or three, it feels like you're read them all. That being said, I do like Ingold's stories :-)
It's the Great Depression and Moss is searching for his father. Che finds him drowning in alcohol and foolish pride. Moss, realizing his family's desperate need for money, signs up for a hitch with the Civilian Conservation Corps, rescuing depleted farmland .
Jeanette Ingold writes wonderful historical fiction. My father was in the CCC in Montana in the 1930's and this book brings that time to life for me. Great book for boys interested in outdoor careers.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another really great book about the CCC. I loved this book and was sad when I finished it. I used to think that the great depression and the CCC were boring subjects to learn about, but then I found a book just like this and really enjoyed it.
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I love road trips and museums, mountains and woods, libraries and old houses, mysterious photographs, and people with stories to tell. I’m a Montanan who grew up in New York in a family of Texans. I’ve a husband, two kids, a pair of grandkids, and a dog named Mica. Most of my best friends are other writers, and my days don’t feel right when I don’t begin them by putting words on the page. And tha ...more
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