Great Depression

The Great Depression



Have you read Esperanza Rising in class? Of Mice and Men? Out of the Dust? Do you want to read more books about that time preiod? If so, check out the following titles:


Sounder by William H. Armstrong
The bittersweet tale of a man whose life is changed forever when he is caught stealing to feed his family. His dog, Sounder, is wounded in the incident and waits faithfully for his master to return.

Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres
In Pittsburgh in 1933, sixth-grader Mike Costa notices a connection between several strange occurrences, but the only way he can find out the truth about what's happening is to be nice to the class bully. Includes historical facts.

Just Imagine by Pat Lowry Collins
During the Depression, having discovered that she has the ability to have out-of-body experiences, twelve-year-old Mary Francis tries to use it to deal with the "peculiar domestic situation" caused by her
family's financial plight.

Saving Grace by Priscilla Cummings
When Grace's family is evicted from their Washington, D.C., apartment just before Christmas 1932, and she and her younger brothers are sent to the Mission, Grace wonders what will become of her sick older brother, her pregnant mother, and her out-of-work father.

Bud Not Buddy by Chirstopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Nowhere to Call Home by Cynthia Defilice
When her father kills himself after losing his money in the stock market crash of 1929, twelve-year-old Frances, now a penniless orphan, decides to hop aboard a freight train and live the life of a hobo.

The Amazing Thinking Machine by Dennis Haseley
During the Great Depression, while their father is away looking for work, eight-year-old Patrick and thirteen-year-old Roy create a machine to help their mother make ends meet, even as she is helping tramps.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Nothing to Fear by Jackie French Koller
When his father moves away to find work and his mother becomes ill, Danny struggles to help his family during the Great Depression.

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
In vignettes ranging from hilarious to poignant, an old man reminisces about the summers he and his sister spent with their eccentric grandmother as she continually schemed to help underdogs and avenge wrongs in her own earthy ways. Newberry Honor Book.


A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.

Grandpa’s Mountain by Caroline Reeder
During the Depression, eleven-year-old Carrie makes her annual summer visit to her relatives in the Blue Ridge Mountains and watches her determined grandfather fight against the government's attempt to take his farm land for a new national park.

Dust by Arthur Slade
Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives, performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to isappear from a dust bowl farm town in Saskatchewan in the 1930s

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor
Four black children living in rural Mississippi during the depression, experience racial prejudice and hard times, but, in order to survive, learn self-respect and pride from their parents.

The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor
In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

Cissy Funk by Kim Taylor
Cissy lives on the drought-ridden land of Colorado in the 1930s. Though she desperately wants to get away from her abusive mother, she faces dark family secrets and tough decisions once she does escape with her Aunt Vera

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Jean Thesman
Fifteen-year-old Quinn, the middle child in a Depression-era working class family, learns some secrets about her beloved father, who has always been a source of strength and optimism for his family, friends, and neighbors.

Non-Fiction Titles that can be found in the public library
Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the move during the great depression
by Errol Lincoln Uys
The dust bowl and the Depression in American history by Debra McArthur
Examines the conditions that led to the severe drought and terrible dust storms that destroyed crops and farmland during the 1930s and shows how some families managed to survive with help from the federal and state governments.

The Great Depression by R. Conrad Stein.
Describes the 1929 stock market crash and the events and effects of the depression that followed, including the New Deal programs intended to restore the economy.

Growing up in the Great Depression, 1929 to 1941 by Amy Ruth.
Describes what life was like for young people and their families during the harsh times of the Depression, from 1929 to the beginning of World War II.