Thirteen-year-old Drew, determined to help his family hold onto their farm in the drought-stricken Dust Bowl of 1934, stubbornly tends his livestock and refuses to give up hope.
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Grade 4-7-- Based loosely on Rossiter's husband's childhood in Kansas, this story of heroic struggle against the threats of drought and foreclosure of property paints a vivid picture of the desperate conditions for American farmers in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. As families all around are abandoning their dried-up farms, 13-year-old Drew Ralston inspires his demoralized parents and older brother, Poke, to fight the odds and weather the storm. Against his father's wishes, Drew buys a mule named Moxie from a neighbor selling off the family's belongings. With the mule and Billy Boy, a dog given to him by a classmate whose family was forced from their farm, Drew proves himself worthy of his father's high expectations. Although the boy fluctuates between engaging in boyish pranks and exhibiting an adult sense of responsibility, he deals with enough challenges in one summer to last a lifetime. The story's subplots involving Drew's uneven relationship with his brother and his great desire to satisfy his undemonstrative but loving father give depth and texture to the novel's main action. A slice of American "true grit" and a family saga with possible sequels after the dust settles. --Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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Book Description Four Winds Press, New York, 1990. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 185 pages. 395 grams. This book is in very good unmarked condition. The dust jacket is in good condition. 'Drew Ralston turns thirteen on a Friday the thirteenth in 1934. As if that weren't unlucky enough, the summer that lies ahead promises to be the second in a row without rain for the crops on the family's Kansas farm. But high-spirited Drew believes a person makes his own luck. And thought he's known more as a mischief-maker than a hero, he's determined to be a man this year - man enough to heop his family hold on to their farm. The Ralstons face dust storms that leave dust in the icebox and derail trains; thieving hobos; the ever-present threat of foreclosure. Drew loses his best friend, whose family is forces off their land; even Drew's brother, Poke, dreams of running away to a better life in the city. But Drew refuses to give up hope, stubbornly tending hsi livestock and even adding to it when he unexpectedly acquires a mule called Moxie. And piece by piece, Drew finds his luck. Based on her husband's childhood memories of the drought-stricken area that would later be known as the Dust Bowl, Phyllis Rossiter's powerful novel evokes both the terrible privations of the era and the courage and resourcefulness that pulled its survivors through.' 8vo - over 7Â¾" - 9Â¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction, Children's.; ISBN: 0027778312. ISBN/EAN: 9780027778311. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 000906. Bookseller Inventory # 000906