As her family’s Model T truck rattles along toward Waheegan, Sarah Ann Puckett wonders about her new home. What will life be like in a real town? Will her house be bigger than the one on the farm? She can’t wait to see her first movie at the Aladdin Theater and to make friends at her new school.
But the year is 1932, and life in the midst of the Great Depression is far from easy. Sarah’s parents have been forced to sell the farm, and Sarah is shocked to see that her new house is nothing more than a shack in the poorest part of town. Jobs are scarce, and soon Sarah’s father is forced to leave home to look for work. It seems that Sarah has lost everything . . . except her prizewinning bread recipe.
About the Author
Arvella Whitmore grew up in Great Bend, Kansas. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she is a full-time writer.
"Sarah is a strong female protagonist and the well-structured story is fast paced, while Whitmore's evocation of the period allows the readers to share the desperation of hard-working, decent people." Kirkus Reviews
“The Depression and its people come alive in this touching and well-crafted novel.” —School Library Journal School Library Journal
“Tales of the Depression can be dull and dreary, but not so this story of an optimistic, beguiling, and innovative twelve-year-old. . . . A surefire winner.” —VOYA
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)