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Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Tales of Young America) [Hardcover]

By Dandi Daley Mackall & Chris Ellison (Illustrator)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Sleeping Bear Press
Age  6-9
ISBN  1585362867  
EAN  9781585362868  

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In 1932, during the Depression in Ohio, thirteen-year-old Rudy, determined to help his family weather the hard times, hops a train going west to California and experiences the hobo life.

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More About Dandi Daley Mackall & Chris Ellison

Dandi Daley Mackall Dandi Daley Mackall is theauthor of numerous books for children, includingLarger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

Dandi Daley Mackall currently resides in West Salem, in the state of Ohio.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children  Aug 14, 2008
Rudy, a thirteen-year old boy, and his family face extreme hardship during the Great Depression. More than half of all workers in Akron, Ohio, had lost their jobs, including Rudy's father, and new paid work was difficult to find. Ma waited in relief lines for what could often be stale and moldy food, and Rudy's sisters found sustenance at the soup kitchen and local mission. Not wanting to be a burden on his struggling family, Rudy decided to take a step similar to other teenagers he had heard about: he hopped a train to go West as a hobo. Dreams of a better life in California and the chance to send money back home helped to sustain him as he experienced hunger, cold, fear, and fatigue while traveling. Along the way, Rudy learned of a hidden network of kindhearted strangers who made it a point to feed hungry hobos passing through.

While the Great Depression may seem like a distant and obscure event to young children, this exceptional book brings the topic to life with its moving text and realistic illustrations. According to the author's note, a quarter of a million teenagers turned to hobo life as a survival strategy during the Depression, facing issues similar to those that the homeless face today. As historical fiction, Rudy Rides the Rails does an excellent job in providing children with a rich context for understanding problems of unemployment, scarcity, and recession in the economic world around them.
A picturebook featuring dark, softly painted yet realistic paintings by award-winning children's book artist Chris Ellison  May 13, 2007
Author and novel-writing teacher Dandi Daley Mackall presents Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story, a picturebook featuring dark, softly painted yet realistic paintings by award-winning children's book artist Chris Ellison. Though Rudy Rides the Rails is a work of historical fiction, the story and earthy art tones are meant to capture the spirit of Americans who lived through the hard times of the Great Depression. Young Rudy leaves home in search of work, or at least hoping to give his family one fewer mouth to feed. He rides the rails as a hobo puts in backbreaking effort, and finds that the kindness of strangers goes a long way. A special glossary of Depression-era and hobo terms (such as "Hoover blanket" for newspapers used as blankets, because many blamed then-President Hoover for the bad economy) and hobo signs (such as a smiling cat to represent kindness) rounds out this fascinating and nostalgic picturebook, recommended for children who are just about ready to make the transition to chapter books due to the quantity of story text.
Beautiful, fun, inspiring!  Mar 13, 2007
I loved this realistic slice of what life was like as a teen hobo during the Depression. Hoboes left secret signs carved on trees or buildings to warn fellow hoboes of trouble ahead or kindness and a good meal. A touching, uplifting story--a book for every age!

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