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The Journal of C. J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant, Oklahoma to California, 1935
My Name is America Series Book #13 of 19 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: William Durbin

Book Info

Published on April 1, 2002
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.7 (5.0 Points, Quiz #58031)
GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: T
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 1000L

Summary:
Thirteen-year-old C.J. records in a journal the conditions of the Dust Bowl that cause the Jackson family to leave their farm in Oklahoma and make the difficult journey to California, where they find a harsh life as migrant workers.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
If anybody ever tells you that a rattlesnake always rattles before it bites, don't believe them.

Publisher Description:
In another compelling entry from criticially-acclaimed author William Durbin, we meet C.J. Jackson, a young farmer whose family is forced to abandon their farm and seek a new life in California.

April 10, 1935

The dust has been blowing bad for several years in a row now. And with crop failures coming back to back like they have, hundreds of families have lost their farms. A Monday never passes without Sheriff Jake Allison posting a notice of foreclosure at the Boise City courthouse. Times are so rough, that when they hold an auction to sell a place, the only people that show up are the banks and the insurance companies. Nobody else has a nickel.

C.J. Jackson is a young man living through one of the most tragic times in the Dust Bowl of an America fraught with political, economic, and environmental problems. In this intense journal of life in the Oklahoma panhandle, C.J. tells it like it is-and it is bad.




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169 pages. List price $10.95
ISBN-10: 0439153069
ISBN-13: 9780439153065
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