The Journal of C.J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant

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Scholastic, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 169 pages
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In another compelling entry from criticially-acclaimed author William Durbin, we meet C.J. Jackson, a young farmer whose family is forced to abandon their farm and seek a new life in California.

April 10, 1935

The dust has been blowing bad for several years in a row now. And with crop failures coming back to back like they have, hundreds of families have lost their farms. A Monday never passes without Sheriff Jake Allison posting a notice of foreclosure at the Boise City courthouse. Times are so rough, that when they hold an auction to sell a place, the only people that show up are the banks and the insurance companies. Nobody else has a nickel.

C.J. Jackson is a young man living through one of the most tragic times in the Dust Bowl of an America fraught with political, economic, and environmental problems. In this intense journal of life in the Oklahoma panhandle, C.J. tells it like it is-and it is bad.

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User Review  - DanaLD - LibraryThing

The journal format of this book is a great way to engage the reader and to provide a lot of factual information in a much more interesting way. It gives a lot of facts about that time period and the ... Read full review

Review: The Journal of CJ Jackson, a Dust Bowl Migrant, Oklahoma to California, 1935 (My Name Is America)

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

A very interesting fictional journal of a dust bowl migrant. The protagonist feels real and is a teenage boy, which may draw boy readers in. I love the way his narrative brings history to life. I highly recommend this book. Read full review

About the author (2002)

William Durbin has published several books for young readers, among them "The Broken Blade, Wintering, Song of Sampo Lake," and "Blackwater Ben. The Broken Blade "won the Great Lakes Book Award for Children's Books and the Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and live in northearstern Minnesota.

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