Nowhere to Call Home (Hardcover)

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A Depression-era adventure from a master storyteller

Tramping is for people with nothing to lose and nowhere to call home. Twelve-year-old Frances Elizabeth Barrow thinks that describes her when she clips her hair and, disguised as a boy, "flips" a train west. Left a penniless orphan after her father's bankruptcy and subsequent suicide, Frances is sure that hoboing is better than being sent to live with an unfamiliar aunt in Chicago. On the drag, she meets Stewpot, a fifteen-year-old boy who teaches her the ropes -- everything from the jargon to the signs the hoboes leave for one another, to how to outwit the cops. She also learns that being "free" exacts a price, and comes to appreciate her old life. Cynthia DeFelice captures the despair -- and the hope -- of individuals facing the Great Depression in this story about a spirited young heroine filled with resolve after all she has experienced.

Praise For…

"When her formerly wealthy, now bankrupt father shoots himself in the head at the height of the Great Depression...12-year-old Frances becomes a penniless orphan. After hearing the kitchen staff talk about 'hoboing,' she decides to hop a train west rather than go to live with her unknown aunt in faraway Chicago." --School Library Journal

"DeFelice's historical novel is so real, we feel every bump of the train." --Starred, Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374355524
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: April 1st, 1999
Pages: 208

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