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Tough Times: A Novel Hardcover – October 15, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618874453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618874453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,359,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an America gripped by the deepening Depression, high-school senior Joey Singer and his immigrant family live in a tenement in Worcester, Massachusetts, where his father struggles to keep his window-washing business going. Joey rises at 2 a.m. to deliver milk, and then heads to school, where a wonderful teacher encourages him. As the economy worsens, Joey and his father join the demonstrators of the Bonus Army. Violence erupts with tragic results, and Joey becomes part of the throngs of homeless young people riding the rails. Meltzer direct, unadorned prose here, letting the power of his personal experience lend strength to the novel, which evokes the fear, humiliation, and despair suffered by millions. The plight of the veterans and the story of the Bonus March are drawn with particular poignancy. Occasionally, devices for providing historical background feel forced, but Joey's strong voice makes this a valuable addition to the historical-fiction shelves, and an excellent choice for low-level high-school readers. Rutan, Lynn


"A valuable addition to the historical-fiction shelves, and an excellent choice for low-level high school readers." Booklist, ALA

The fast-paced plot and the history brought to life will make this a memorable story for its audience.
Kirkus Reviews

It's the Great Depression, jobs are scarce, and Joey Singer's immigrant family is struggling. . . . Useful for social studies classes studying the period. A historical note is included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a historical fiction novel set in the time period surrounding the Great Depression. Times are tough for everyone. the main character is a young fellow by the name of Joey. Joey is doing his best to help the family financially by running a milk route. The route is getting shorter and shorter as customers have to cut back their spending. Joey hears about a protest going on in Washington, held by the World War 1 vets. His father and others in the town decide to take part. This go sour at the protest and the law steps in. Joey runs away in fear and join a homeless group for young people that ride the rails.

The book gives the reader a look at how tough life really was back then. the only thing I did not like about the book was some of the mature themes. The violence was graphic and at time the relationships between the characters were given too many details. Parents should pre read the book and decide if their child is ready for the material.
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