De Young weaves this heartwarming Depression-era episode around a true family story. When Margo Bandini, 11, learns that her...

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A LETTER TO MRS. ROOSEVELT

De Young weaves this heartwarming Depression-era episode around a true family story. When Margo Bandini, 11, learns that her family is about to lose their home, she takes advantage of a class assignment to write a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, enclosing her father's medal from WWI and asking for help. Writing in a smooth, unornamented style, the author fleshes out the tale with an extended hunt for Margo's missing little brother Charlie that teaches her not to prejudge the hoboes who pass through town; provides a light dusting of background information about the Great Depression's causes and effects through Margo's reading of newspapers; slips in a surprise—Margo's fifth-grade teacher, Miss Dobson, and her favorite journalist, E.D. Kirby, turn out to be one and the same; and ends on a happy note—the Bandinis get to keep their house after the local bank manager gets a call from the White House. The plot turns in plausible directions, and readers will find amiable characters here, as well as a clear picture of the time's anxieties and hardships. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: March 1, 1999

ISBN: 0440415292

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1999