From the Newbery Award-winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly comes a tale of a brave young man's struggle to find his own strength during the Great Depression. In 1932, American's dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. When he was just fifteen years old, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people. This is the story of his struggle to find a life for himself during those turbulent times. No Promises in the Wind was awarded the 1971 Charles W. Follett Award.
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by Irene Hunt
by James Lincoln Collier
by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier
by Paul Fleischman
by Irene Hannon
"Charlie Thurston beautifully narrates this story of 15-year-old Josh and his little brother, Joey, who leave a hungry home in the midst of the Great Depression, armed only with musical talent and pride. Thurston's voice is plastic; it twists and stretches, shaping lively gangsters, caring carnies, and quiet friends with seeming effortlessness. His performance adds a great deal to this simple narrative. Thurston's pacing and vocal anguish help listeners connect with the boys despite a writing style that keeps the characters' suffering at arm's length. The story is perhaps a bit romanticized--pride and reluctance to accept charity are at the heart of Josh's struggle. It shames him to beg for food to keep himself and his brother alive. A.M.P (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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