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In 1933, what's left of the Turner family--twelve-year-old Hallie and her two brothers--finds itself driving the back roads of rural America. The children have been swept up into a new migratory way of life. America is facing two devastating crises: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country have lost jobs. In rural In 1933, what's left of the Turner family--twelve-year-old Hallie and her two brothers--finds itself driving the back roads of rural America. The children have been swept up into a new migratory way of life. America is facing two devastating crises: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country have lost jobs. In rural America it isn't any better as crops suffer from the never-ending drought. Driven by severe economic hardship, thousands of people take to the road to seek whatever work they can find, often splintering fragile families in the process. As the Turner children move from town to town, searching for work and trying to cobble together the basic necessities of life, they are met with suspicion and hostility. They are viewed as outsiders in their own country. Will they ever find a place to call home? New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas gives middle-grade readers a timely story of young people searching for a home and a better way of life.


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In 1933, what's left of the Turner family--twelve-year-old Hallie and her two brothers--finds itself driving the back roads of rural America. The children have been swept up into a new migratory way of life. America is facing two devastating crises: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country have lost jobs. In rural In 1933, what's left of the Turner family--twelve-year-old Hallie and her two brothers--finds itself driving the back roads of rural America. The children have been swept up into a new migratory way of life. America is facing two devastating crises: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country have lost jobs. In rural America it isn't any better as crops suffer from the never-ending drought. Driven by severe economic hardship, thousands of people take to the road to seek whatever work they can find, often splintering fragile families in the process. As the Turner children move from town to town, searching for work and trying to cobble together the basic necessities of life, they are met with suspicion and hostility. They are viewed as outsiders in their own country. Will they ever find a place to call home? New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas gives middle-grade readers a timely story of young people searching for a home and a better way of life.

30 review for Someplace to Call Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    I love books about people helping people during difficult times. This one didn’t disappoint.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This powerful account of life during and after the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl will help readers understand just how traumatic those times were. Twelve-year-old Hallie Turner and her two brothers, sixteen-year-old Tom and Benny, are all that's left of their family, torn about by economic circumstances. All that they own is in their car, and they have spent long periods of time driving around in search of some sort of work just that they can eat. At first things looked promising in This powerful account of life during and after the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl will help readers understand just how traumatic those times were. Twelve-year-old Hallie Turner and her two brothers, sixteen-year-old Tom and Benny, are all that's left of their family, torn about by economic circumstances. All that they own is in their car, and they have spent long periods of time driving around in search of some sort of work just that they can eat. At first things looked promising in California, but word has it that folks like them won't be welcome there. When the car's transmission breaks down in Kansas, they park it on the property of the Carlsons. Swede Carlson is a bit leery of them at first. After all, it's his property, and they are trespassing. But he and Tom come to an agreement that they can stay for a little while in exchange for Tom trying to repair his tractor. As it turns out, this family befriends them, and Hallie actually starts attending school. She runs into trouble there due to her economic status and her intelligence while Tom becomes the target of Harold Morton while working in his job at a local gas station. The boy keeps trying to get under Tom's skin and ends up trying to make him the scapegoat for something he did. It was encouraging to watch the Carlsons and Turners grow closer even while Hallie and her family still wanted to hold onto their independence. The budding friendship between Benny and Tessie, the Carlsons' daughter, was also sweet although the book's ending was a bit too good to be true for me. Ultimately, though, the author has done an admirable job of bringing this period in history to life. I was so relieved that the Turners could settle down, put down some roots, and actually find someplace to call home. After all, isn't that what most of us want?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barb Martin

    Sandra Dallas offers up another book extolling the hardships of life during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Although this one is written for children, it includes many of the touches familiar to Dallas' readers, including plenty of quilts. Hallie and her brothers, Tom and Benny, are left to fend for themselves after their father leaves their Oklahoma home to find work, their mother and sister die, and the bank forecloses on the property. They start toward California but stall when their Sandra Dallas offers up another book extolling the hardships of life during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Although this one is written for children, it includes many of the touches familiar to Dallas' readers, including plenty of quilts. Hallie and her brothers, Tom and Benny, are left to fend for themselves after their father leaves their Oklahoma home to find work, their mother and sister die, and the bank forecloses on the property. They start toward California but stall when their old car breaks down. They find friendship and a place to call home. We find a sweet little read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    Three children, Tom 17, Hallie 12, and Benny 6, are on their way to California after losing their parents and being dusted out in Oklahoma. They breakdown in a Kansas town and find good people who give them a helping hand. This book is definitely geared for tweens, but it was a good heartwarming read. The children struggle against town bullies and are judged as squatters but there are funny moments and really great lessons for young people to glean from the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan P

    Since this book was written for grades 3-6, I couldn't expect it to be too deep. It was good history and well-written.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CHM

    Described as a feel good book and she was correct. Just the break I was needing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stampinmama Davis

    I loved the book- I love any Sandra a Dallas book - this one especially since my mother grew up during the depression and dust bowl era.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    This is a book for middle schoolers but I think it's a quick and sweet read for anyone. Set during the depression, it is the story of three children, ages sixteen and under, that need to leave their home and travel, looking for work. Faced with people of the different towns not wanting any strangers who can take what little work from the locals, life is extremely difficult. Follow their story once they settle in a place, or at least, hope to.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Public library copy Hallie, Tom, and Benny Turner have left Oklahoma after the desertion of their father and the death of their sister and mother, and find themselves in Kansas with a broken down car. They are approached by Swede Carlson, who owns the land where they have stopped, and bargain with him to do work on his farm in exchange for being allowed to camp on his land. The Carlsons are doing surprisingly well in 1933, and have a soft spot for the children because their daughter Tessie has Public library copy Hallie, Tom, and Benny Turner have left Oklahoma after the desertion of their father and the death of their sister and mother, and find themselves in Kansas with a broken down car. They are approached by Swede Carlson, who owns the land where they have stopped, and bargain with him to do work on his farm in exchange for being allowed to camp on his land. The Carlsons are doing surprisingly well in 1933, and have a soft spot for the children because their daughter Tessie has Down Syndrome, as does Benny. Tom manages to get work in a local garage a couple of days a week and helps out on the farm, while Hallie helps in the house and with Tessie, and arranges to go to school. The Carlsons let them live in a hired man's shack and help them out with food. Things are going well until local ne'er do well Harold Morton, whose dad owns the bank, starts to harass Tom, getting him fired for ostensibly stealing from him and eventually trying to frame him for a wrecked car. The Turners are hard workers and have shown the local people that even Okies can be honorable, so once the sheriff and Hallie prove Tom didn't wreck the car, things go better for the struggling family. Strengths:The books that I like best about the Depression, Blue Willow (1940), Macaroni Boy (2003), Hitch (2005), Tough Times (2007), and All the Earth Thrown to the Sky (2011) won't last forever, so it's good to see some new titles about this era. The opening scenes with the children breaking down and looking for food pulled me right in, and the Carlson's helping them out was heart warming. The details about food, clothing, work, and general living arrangements were just what I want from historical fiction. This made for a very pleasant afternoon of reading. Weaknesses: The whole story with Harold Morton was a bit simple and silly, and there was an episode where Benny was fighting with Tessie over "Ragman" that also seemed like it was written for second graders. Actually, both of these things reminded me a bit of Grace Livingston Hill novels, so perhaps they were in keeping with the era. What I really think: Definitely purchasing for our Decades unit, and the story was intriguing in a Boxcar Children sort of way, especially the first few chapters. It's good for my students to see just how bad the Great Depression was!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Geared toward middle school age, it was written simply yet poignantly and uplifting at the same time. I'm not sure that stories for that age people have to be so simply written, but I suppose it is better safe than sorry. I did think it was very kind of Sandra to include a glossary at the end of the book of some of the "antiquated" terminology she used in the tale, although it was amusing to me to think that kids these days would not know what words like "migrant" mean; some of the words have Geared toward middle school age, it was written simply yet poignantly and uplifting at the same time. I'm not sure that stories for that age people have to be so simply written, but I suppose it is better safe than sorry. I did think it was very kind of Sandra to include a glossary at the end of the book of some of the "antiquated" terminology she used in the tale, although it was amusing to me to think that kids these days would not know what words like "migrant" mean; some of the words have become obscure now, though. The story is of a family of three children--aged 16, 12, and 6 who left Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930's after their mom had died and their father abandoned them (possibly due to lack of work). Tom, the oldest, was driving them in a Model T to California which broke down in Kansas. There they had to stay until they could get enough money to repair the car and move on. They were befriended by some and detested by others. Most of the hateful treatment was because the people thought they were squatters who were taking their jobs. Others were prejudiced against the youngest, Benny, who seems to have had a disability, which I guess might have been Down syndrome. A family whose land they camped on took them into their hearts and helped them out. Their daughter was about the same age as Benny and had the same disability. The story was told from the perspective of Hallie, the middle child. She has her own prejudices--misjudging people a lot probably because of her own insecurities. The drama at the end of the book resolves a lot of her insecurity, as families come together to help them out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grandma Jake

    As an adult I call this a "fairy tale book"--"once upon a time"...."and they lived happily ever after". Sometimes as an adult I need that kind of book and young people need to believe (for now anyway) that no matter how tough it gets, everything will get better with a little help from our family and friends. For middle level readers I highly recommend this book. It gives a look at what life was like during the dust bowl in Oklahoma and Kansas. Some readers may think a sixteen year old and a As an adult I call this a "fairy tale book"--"once upon a time"...."and they lived happily ever after". Sometimes as an adult I need that kind of book and young people need to believe (for now anyway) that no matter how tough it gets, everything will get better with a little help from our family and friends. For middle level readers I highly recommend this book. It gives a look at what life was like during the dust bowl in Oklahoma and Kansas. Some readers may think a sixteen year old and a twelve year old would never be able to support themselves and their brother, but I know what my grandparents were capable of at that age.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb Butz

    This book captured the essence of hardship during the Dust Bowl /Great Depression years, in a way that kids can grasp and perhaps even imagine or relate to... The three Turner kids modeled strength of character, work ethic, love, and integrity. They persevered through the harsh difficulties they faced in life. In some ways, this book reminded me of an older-kid version of the beloved Boxcar Children, as the resourcefulness of Tom & Hallie was inspiring. The kindness of strangers and This book captured the essence of hardship during the Dust Bowl /Great Depression years, in a way that kids can grasp and perhaps even imagine or relate to... The three Turner kids modeled strength of character, work ethic, love, and integrity. They persevered through the harsh difficulties they faced in life. In some ways, this book reminded me of an older-kid version of the beloved Boxcar Children, as the resourcefulness of Tom & Hallie was inspiring. The kindness of strangers and emergence of community when crisis hits was hope-filled and inspiring. An encouraging read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    S Hay

    Sandra Dallas is a talented author, who seems to research the time period and information of the stories she writes and then writes a heart warming book about characters who are likable and good people. This is true with this family, made up of Hallie, her brothers Tom and Benny. Their survival during this period of time, the dust bowl is well written. They were very fortunate. I have read many of Sandra Dallas’s books and they don’t disappoint.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This was a very interesting title to read and I really liked that it had a glossary at the back of the story. I think this one would work great for a class setting that way we could read about the story and then talk about it. I liked the characters and the pacing of the story. I story rounded up really well and didn't leave anything hanging. I think that I will check out more books by this author soon. Go Into This One Knowing: Great for classrooms

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Love, love, love. Anything Sandra Dallas writes is top notch. I enjoyed reading this middle grade novel although I am far older than that. It's a heartwarming story about three orphans who settle in a small Kansas town because their car broke down. They make some good friends and although life is still a struggle, they prevail. I love the message of the main characters: integrity, perseverance, and independent. These are traits that used to be valued, but are somewhat scarce today.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Florence Primrose

    Twelve-year old Hallie and her brother, Tom, sixteen, left Oklahoma when the dust storms came. Their parents are gone and they have a six-year-old special brother, Benny. When their car quit they camped by a stream. As they move from place to place they are treated with suspicion and called squatters as they work for food. Will they find a place to call home?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I began this without realizing it was a YA book but continued because it was interesting. A young adult reading this will get a sense of what life was like during the depression and dust bowl. As with anything written by Sandra Dallas, this is well written, easy to read and leaves you with a good feeling about the other people in this world.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    A family of 3 children is trying to find a place to live (and work) during the dust bowl era. People call them names and are rude to them until they meet one family who lets them live in their shanty cabin. There at least they have shelter and can barely scrape by on the food they earn or find. Love Sandra Dallas books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    YA novel that deals with many moral issues is a positive way showing the best and worst of human behavior towards others in a world full of troubles and pain. Would recommend for middle school and older.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    My library cataloged this as adult fiction, so I didn't realize it was actually intended for younger readers. It felt a little like reading an older version of The Boxcar Children. It was a pleasant respite from the usual grim Depression/Dust Bowl fiction.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maryann

    Really liked the portrayal of people coming together to give each other hope.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Dudenhofer Beery

    I enjoyed this book that tells how people banded together during the hard days of the Great Depression and dust bowl. Another good book by this talented author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean Cable

    Great young adult read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Dallas tells a sweet and touching story of three orphaned children forced into a 1930's migratory life as a result of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl experience.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pat Morris

    One of my favorite authors....an amazing historical novel focused on the families fleeing the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Depression. A great story of survivor and resiliency.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allison

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Nice short story....115 pages....restores faith in humankind! Judy would like Lee Ann would not! Lol

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maurita Kling

    Definitely a book for KIDS, but a good one if you're 7 or so....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A nicely written story with a happy ending. A gentle and satisfying read for kiddos who like historical fiction.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    What a great story...for anyone but especially young people. It’s a story of hope and the good in people.

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