Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

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Crown, 1993 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 85 pages
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A compelling book about the children of homeless "Okie" migrant workers and the school they built at a farm-labor camp in Dust Bowl-era California. Heralded by Kirkus in a pointer review as "lucid, dramatic, and splendidly inspiring", here is a "lavishly illustrated . . . informative and inspirational bit of American history" (School Library Journal, starred review). Illustrated with photos from the Dust Bowl era. 1993 ALA Notable Book; 1992 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; 1992 Booklist Editors' Choice; 1992 Library of Congress Book of the Year; 1993 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

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User Review  - APatricia - LibraryThing

In Oklahoma the dust bowls were killing people, prevented people from farming and unemployment was high. The "Okies" migrated to California under a false promise of jobs. Once they arrived there were ... Read full review

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User Review  - mikefletch - LibraryThing

Summary: This book is a story about Oklahoma farmers that traveled to California during the Dust Bowl to find jobs. It tells about the struggles the "Okies" faced once they made it to California. They ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

* Jerry Stanley was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1941.  When he was seventeen years old, he joined the air force and was stationed in California, where he has lived ever since.

* Once out of the air force, Jerry went to college, during which time he supported himself as a rock-'n'-roll drummer on the weekends.  He received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.  

* Jerry is now is a professor of history at California State University in Bakersfield, where he teaches courses on the American West, the American Indian, and California history.  In addition to his children's books, Jerry is the author of numerous articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.

* Among Jerry's hobbies are bowling, racquetball, fishing, drumming, and writing humor.  He and his wife, Dorothy, have four children and live in Bakersfield, CA.

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