Children of the Dust Bowl
The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp
By Jerry Stanley
(Crown Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780517880944, 96pp.)
Publication Date: July 13, 1993
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Illus. with photographs from the Dust Bowl era. This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school--until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field.
* Jerry Stanley was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1941. When he was seventeen years old, he joined the air force and was stationed in California, where he has lived ever since.
* Once out of the air force, Jerry went to college, during which time he supported himself as a rock-'n'-roll drummer on the weekends. He received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.
* Jerry is now is a professor of history at California State University in Bakersfield, where he teaches courses on the American West, the American Indian, and California history. In addition to his children's books, Jerry is the author of numerous articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.
* Among Jerry's hobbies are bowling, racquetball, fishing, drumming, and writing humor. He and his wife, Dorothy, have four children and live in Bakersfield, CA.
"The story is inspiring, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity. An excellent curriculum item."--(starred) Booklist.