A nice story with good descriptions of depression era family life. My father-in-law “rode the rails” looking for work when he was 16. My uncle, step-father and mother-in-law were all in the CCC. This book helped me understand that time, but made me wish I had asked more questions while they were living.
Great character development and storyline. The author does a very good job painting a verbal picture of the people and the country in the time of the Depression in the United States.
Tough times told in the eyes of a young man. How he overcame trials and found more than he was looking for.
I am very interested in history and this book presented realistic detail about life riding around the country during the Depression and looking for food and a place to stay. I had not realized how dangerous this life was, especially for young boys.
This book is very well written with beautiful descriptions! It gives a very detailed and interesting insight regarding those times. I would definitely recommend this book!!!
This was a very good book about the depression. I couldn't out it down. I recommend it to children from Jr. Hi up as well as adults.
Factual, entertaining and insightful. I enjoyed its depth and clarity of depicting that era of history.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Afraid his family needed money to survive during the great depression, 15 years old Robert strikes out on his own to work and make money for his family. His journey was not a very good one, though he did find some nice people along the way to help him. He ended up going through several states, and also found a friend to join him on his journey. Robert is trying to find his way back home to his family, and the only way of transportation is hopping trains, so this is what he and his friend did. It was fun reading about the train hopping. I grew up very close to a train track and it was a place trains always stopped so we had our share of guys hopping trains come to our house looking for food. And my mom always fed them and my dad sent them on their way. A hobo is the name they had back then, may still have the name.
Author Jeanette Minniti does a lot of research to get the historical facts right, as well as creating characters that very well tell her story. I love Robert, he is such a sweet strong and caring young man. There were many troubling times that I was scared someone would grab him and take him for purposes that were not good. A few times I even feared for his live, but it was so reassuring to see the nice people he met along the way that will willing to overlook a few things or help him on his way. The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti is a fantastic historical fiction that you history buffs out there will love. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a few hours of entertainment and enjoyment. This one is Five Stars for me!
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