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A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt [Paperback]

By C. Coco De Young (Author)
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Overview
When the Great Depression hits and her father is suddenly unable to make the payments on the house, young Margo gets involved to help find a way to keep the house from being sold in a pending sheriff's sale, in a touching tale based on actual events. Reprint.

Publishers Description
Eleven-year-old Margo Bandini has never been afraid of anything. Her life in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with Mama and Papa and her little brother, Charlie, has always felt secure. But it's 1933, and the Great Depression is changing things for families all across America.

One day the impossible happens: Papa cannot make the payments for their house, and the Sheriff Sale sign goes up on their door. They have two weeks to pay the bank, or leave their home forever. Now Margo is afraid--but she's also determined to find a way to help Papa save their home.
"[A] heartwarming Depression-era episode around a true family story."--Kirkus Reviews

"This historic novel is successful in conveying the climate of the times. . . . Margo emerges as an admirable heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"Based on a true family story, this novel . . . creates a strong sense of place and time, when the Depression was felt up to the front porch of a loving family home."--Booklist
C. Coco De Young grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Her father's family home was saved with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Awards and Recognitions
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Sasquatch Award - 2002 Nominee - Children/Young Adult category
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades 3-5 category
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award - 2002 Nominee - Grades 4-8 category
  • South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - 2001-2002 Nominee - Children's category
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award - 2001 Winner - Intermediate category


Citations And Professional Reviews
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/11/2000 page 93


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Yearling
Pages   105
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.65" Width: 5.21" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 8, 2000
Publisher   Yearling
Age  8-12
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0440415292  
ISBN13  9780440415299  


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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
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Shooting Star ?  Jan 17, 2007
This prize-winning novel for the 7-10 year old reader is a story of small town Pennsylvania in the depression years.
The characters, especially Margo Bandini and her family,are warm,chatty Italian immigrants and are very much a part of the back-porch small town.
They and other families suffer loss of family pride and desperation,as their lives are tangled in the Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'fireside chats" offer about their only ray of hope outside of the family's optimism that they can overcome whatever happens.
Margo's father's shoe repair shop suffers when people have no money to fix their shoes. Will bad luck come from the shooting stars? Is little Charlie lost forever? Will neighbor Rosa'a father come home and help fight to save their home? Will Margo's family lose their home? No-one knows.
Then;The Assignment:to write a letter to a famous person,is given to Margo,Rosa and the school class. On the surface,the letter is just an English and Geography lesson. No-one dreams what one young girl's letter will do, until a mystery is revealed.
 
Five stars but...  Jul 20, 2006
This books rates five stars since I t believe that it is a good book and a whole lot better than most children's books today. That said, I wasn't all that impressed with the story and there wasn't as much historical reference as I would have liked.
 
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt  Jun 5, 2003
Eleven-year-old Margo Bandini lives with her Mama, Papa, and brother,Charlie in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is the early 1930's and the Great Depression is sweeping the land like a plague and ruining peoples lives. Steel Mill workers in Margo's hometown are losing their jobs. Margo's Papa is in debt because he borrowed $5,000 from the bank that they used for Charlie's leg oporation. The Bandinis now have two weeks to pay back the $5,000 they owe or else they will be forced to move from their home. For a school project, Margo's class has to write a letter to someone whom they admire. Margo decides to write to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, also known as Eleanor Everywhere. Since her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has gotten sick with polio, Mrs. Roosevelt goes around the country helping those in need. Will the letter get there in time? Can Mrs. Roosevelt help the Bandinis?
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt is an historical fiction novel. This book is narrated from Margo's point of view. On a scale of one to five stars, this book would rate a four because itis very interesting, but we think it ended too soon. If you want to read a dramatic, real-life story about what life was like for some kids during the Depression, this book is the one you should choose.
 
A letter to Mrs. Roosevelt  Oct 18, 2002
A letter to Mrs. Roosevelt
By: c. coco Deyoung
0/440/41529/2

Do you think there is a book that can care boredom? Well there is, it is called a letter to Mrs. Roosevelt. An interesting quote I found, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This book is really interesting, it explains very well in detail. The summary is about and eleven year old girl, Margo Bandini, who lives in Johnston, PA. She has a mom, dad, brother and a best friend named Rosa. The time it's going on is the great depression, causing the families loss of money. In school Margo's whole class has to write a letter to someone that inspires them. Margo picks Eleanor Roosevelt. A sheriff sign soon goes up and they must leave there house. Now Margo has to help papa by Eleanor's advice and her own. The genre is realistic fiction.

This book was tops because it was so much fun to read. The creativity of turning a real event into fiction was very well done. I do recommend this book because anyone would like it. It's exciting, makes you like reading and at the same time you are not bored. This book is probably for a 12 year old girl who doesn't like to read and wants some fun, but the reading level is average. It was a page turner because a lot of things went on in the story, so you didn't want to stop and not find out what happened next. This story was definitely not hard to concentrate because it relates so much to real life. I connected to Margo because we both are nice and will do anything to help others. I like the genre because of the adventure. The style of writing was interesting because, example: a lot of quotes, life wise thinking and characters came to life. What surprised me was when a sheriff sign went up on the house and Charlie found out it was his fault because he broke his leg and had to have surgery for a lot of money. Not every chapter ended with a cliff hanger, but most did. Example: thank you Miss Dobson, but won't my letter need more stamps? I can still picture Miss Dobson smile. She never answered me)this book was not boring because of the mystery. No my mind didn't wander when reading because it's well standard. The plot was believable because it didn't sound fake only real. I think anyone would enjoy this.

 
A letter to Mrs. Roosevelt  Oct 17, 2002
A letter to Mrs. Roosevelt
By: c.coco Deyoung
0/440/41529/2

Do you think there is a book that can care boredom? Well there is, it is called a letter to Mrs. Roosevelt. An interesting quote I found, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This book is really interesting, it explains very well in detail. The summary is about and eleven year old girl, Margo Bandini, who lives in Johnston, PA. She has a mom, dad, brother and a best friend named Rosa. The time it's going on is the great depression, causing the families loss of money. In school Margo's whole class has to write a letter to someone that inspires them. Margo picks Eleanor Roosevelt. A sheriff sign soon goes up and they must leave there house. Now Margo has to help papa by Eleanor's advice and her own. The genre is realistic fiction.

This book was tops because it was unbelievingable fun to read. The creativity of turning a real event into fiction was very well done. I do recommend this book because anyone would like it. It's exciting, makes you like reading and at the same time you are not bored. This book is probably for a 12 year old girl who doesn't like to read and wants some fun, but the reading level is average. It was a page turner because a lot of things went on in the story, so you didn't want to stop and not find out what happened next. This story was definitely not hard to concentrate because it relates so much to real life. I connected to Margo because we both are nice and will do anything to help others. I like the genre because of the adventure. The style of writing was interesting because, example: a lot of quotes, life wise thinking and characters came to life. What surprised me was when a sheriff sign went up on the house and Charlie found out it was his fault because he broke his leg and had to have surgery for a lot of money. Not every chapter ended with a cliff hanger, but most did. Example: thank you Miss Dobson, but won't my letter need more stamps? I can still picture Miss Dobson smile. She never answered me)this book was not boring because of the mystery. No my mind didn't wander when reading because it's well standard. The plot was believable because it didn't sound fake only real. I think anyone would enjoy this.

 

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