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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ike

    Highly recommend Children of the Dust Bowl. It clearly underscores the plight of the "Okies" during the midst of the dust storms that swept across the midwest during the 1930s. Most may remember their story being depicted by John Steinbeck in his masterful The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the subsequent movie. The author, Jerry Stanley gets more specific with the "Okie's" lives in this book by telling the true story of the School at Weedpatch Camp. Weedpatch Camp was set up in Californi Highly recommend Children of the Dust Bowl. It clearly underscores the plight of the "Okies" during the midst of the dust storms that swept across the midwest during the 1930s. Most may remember their story being depicted by John Steinbeck in his masterful The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the subsequent movie. The author, Jerry Stanley gets more specific with the "Okie's" lives in this book by telling the true story of the School at Weedpatch Camp. Weedpatch Camp was set up in California to house the homeless, luckless and jobless who had arrived from the Dust Bowl. They were ridiculed, humiliated and generally snubbed by the local residents. The children's struggles to gain an education was taken to heart by Leo Hart, Kern County School Superintendent, and he managed to form a school, building it from the ground up with donated materials specifically to educate the "Okie" children. The purpose was to provide a hands-on-education of practical skills as well as a typical academic education for these children. His innovative approach to education including getting a C-46 aircraft for the school so students could learn aircraft mechanics. Many learned carpentry, plumbing and other skills. Yes, the students who built the school were successful in life. One became a college professor, one owned his own mining company, several owned their own successful businesses, one became a vice-principal in a school, and many more were successful as well. It was so successful that the locals (who didn't want "those Okies" into their schools were clamoring to have their children enrolled in the Weedpatch School. A true "pull yourself up by the boot straps" heart-warming story that shows a caring, compassionate and concerned individual can make a true difference in lives of so many. Must Read for all, even is it is written for middle school students.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paulina

    The central idea of a text was that people who were migraters moved to California to be away from the dust bowl. During the depression they were obligated to live in a federal labor camp. Many families had to sell their valuables and save money to rent a jalopy, for the long trip to California. They had trouble with the jalopies. They kept running out of gas. It was hard for them to move around. The word “dust bowl” is used a lot. It does match the phrase in the book and the meaning in the dicti The central idea of a text was that people who were migraters moved to California to be away from the dust bowl. During the depression they were obligated to live in a federal labor camp. Many families had to sell their valuables and save money to rent a jalopy, for the long trip to California. They had trouble with the jalopies. They kept running out of gas. It was hard for them to move around. The word “dust bowl” is used a lot. It does match the phrase in the book and the meaning in the dictionary. This word is so important because it’s where they came from and from where they were trying to get away. It impacts the book because it’s a historical thing that happened, and it happened to be mentioned in the book. It’s a simple word that is used to describe something historical. So it makes it very interesting. I thought this book was very interesting. It had many new things that I never knew had occurred. It showed some good neglected periods of American history. It turned a prejudice story into a good acceptable and hopeful one. I recommend people to read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emilia

    Jerry Stanley's, Children of the dust bowl, was a true nonfiction story which took place in California, specifically the weedpatch camp. When I read this book, I was able to understand what the Okies had to cope with, through name-calling, signs, etc. It was harsh and they were treated terribly. The thought that people can still be treated this way was unacceptable. This book focused on discrimination, how they showed no weakness when hardship came at them, segregation and many of the big ideas. Jerry Stanley's, Children of the dust bowl, was a true nonfiction story which took place in California, specifically the weedpatch camp. When I read this book, I was able to understand what the Okies had to cope with, through name-calling, signs, etc. It was harsh and they were treated terribly. The thought that people can still be treated this way was unacceptable. This book focused on discrimination, how they showed no weakness when hardship came at them, segregation and many of the big ideas. This book was a decently hard book to process throughout my reading and was a great challenge. This book made me think and gave me opinions on several big topics that still affect the world today. Not only did the Okies represent courage, determination, and pride in everything they did and everything they deal with, but they stayed strong as they believed that there will be light after the hardships. The Okies inspired me of their actions and the way they think of their life even if it was bad.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    This would make a great book club discussion book (young adults or adults)--and short! We listened to it and were all SO INSPIRED! (We also got the hardback book but I didn't love the layout of the book as much as I loved listening to it.) Leo Hart is such a hero--he gave me hope that there really is no insurmountable problem! 5 stars! This would make a great book club discussion book (young adults or adults)--and short! We listened to it and were all SO INSPIRED! (We also got the hardback book but I didn't love the layout of the book as much as I loved listening to it.) Leo Hart is such a hero--he gave me hope that there really is no insurmountable problem! 5 stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alissah Paquette

    I thought that this book was well written. It gives a different perspective on the dust bowl. It includes real photographs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    I thought this was a very interesting book, as it gives insight from person to person point of view of the dust bowl, rather than everyone as a whole

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crosbyg

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    Han3003

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    Nathan Sarkauskas

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

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    Lyric

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    Amy Benton

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    Michael Garrie

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    Faith

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    Chelsea

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Smiley

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    Nelsona

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    jennet wheatstonelllsl

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    Kevo

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    Rachelle Karr

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    Jonah Dickens

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josh Dickens

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shanita White

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    Carson

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    Fareedo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erika Schroeder

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    Chrissy Denis

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    Janet

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    Marcus Lockett

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    Jen

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    Melissa

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    Teri

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    Emily

  34. 5 out of 5

    Emalee Horrocks

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    Julia Petrich

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    Tamara

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    Christen

  38. 5 out of 5

    John Wiley

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Ta

  40. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

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