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Rose's Journal
ISBN: 9780152046057
Author: Moss, Marissa
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: March 2003
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Eleven-year-old Rose Samuels bids good riddance to a dry, desolate year caused by a severe drought. Times are tough, but with hope, love, and determination, Rose and her family manage to turn the year of 1935 around. Includes book-related activities. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
Library of Congress Subjects:
Depressions; 1929; Kansas; Juvenile fiction.
Dust storms; Kansas; Juvenile fiction.
Depressions; 1929; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: BL2003006217
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Young American Voices
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / General
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.50" W
Bargain Category: Biographies, Early Elementary, Geography, Growing Up, Historical Fiction, Social Issues, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 50158
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q32045
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
On January 1, 1935, Rose Samuels bids good riddance to a dry, desolate year and begins a new one. The severe drought has left the fields too dry for crops and the farms are all failing. Times are tough, but with hope, love, and determination, Rose and her family manage to turn the year around.
Includes fun new book-related activities

Contributor Bio(s):
MARISSA MOSS is best known for her handwritten illustrated journals, including the enormously popular Amelia series. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
As in the Amelia journals, Moss uses a handwritten diary format for Rose's story of the Depression. RoseƆs older brother runs away to New York City to escape the Kansas dust storms, but Rose is determined to help save the family farm. Illustrated mostly with small sketches, the book also includes some archival black-and-white photographs. This moving chronicle is written in a believable voice. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 February # 3)
In this installment of the Young American Voices series set on a Kansas farm, PW wrote, "Rose's pink-lined pages contrast with her handwritten account of dust storms and severe drought. Captioned sketches and historical b&w photographs lend authenticity to this well-researched account." Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 January #1)
The latest installment of the Young American Voices series, Rose's Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression, by Marissa Moss, covers the "Dirty Thirties." Set on a Kansas farm, Rose's pink-lined pages contrast with her handwritten account of dust storms and drought so severe that birds, lacking their usual materials, made nests of barbed wire. Captioned sketches and historical b&w photographs lend authenticity to this well-researched account. (Harcourt/Silver Whistle, $15 48p ages 8-12 ISBN 0-15-202423-9; Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 December)
Gr 3-5-In her first journal entry, Rose Samuels writes "good riddance" to 1934, and "I sure hope 1935 is a heap better." Unfortunately, it isn't. From month to month, she chronicles events on the family farm in Kansas as well as what is happening across the nation. The Bruno Hauptmann trial is in session, and Amelia Earhart has made her solo flight from Hawaii to California. Jack Benny and George Burns are favorites on the radio, but the Depression is so bad that hot cocoa and custard are foods Rose can only dream of enjoying. On the farm, nothing grows, and the cattle are so skinny that they have "washboard ribs." And there is always the dust. The Samuels come to the brink of losing their land, but at the last minute, they are saved from foreclosure. Moss has done a fine job in research, and there is quite a bit of historical information packed into this short book. However, some of the characters are undeveloped. The text is hand lettered and illustrated with colorful paintings and black-and-white archival photographs. For a child's-eye view of events in U.S. history, including the Depression, try Phillip Hoose's nonfiction title, We Were There, Too (Farrar, 2001). Jerry Stanley's Children of the Dust Bowl (Crown, 1992) is still one of the best titles chronicling the devastation brought by the dust storms and drought.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.