A detailed look at Hoover's youth, from 1874 to 1895. Both of Hoover's parents died before he was ten years old, but there were many conscientious Quaker relatives to safeguard the three Hoover orphans' $3000,00 inheritance. Separated from his brother and sister, Bert was sent to Oregon to live with the Minthorns. Dr. Minthorn believed his sister had spoiled her youngest son, and soon had the tireless, uncomplaining Bert doing farm chores, going to school, and attending Quaker meetings. By the time he entered the new Stanford University, Bert had only $822.67, his share of the original inheritance. Today's kids will be exhausted by the time they finish reading about Hoover's odd jobs--laundry service, base-ball ticket promoter, etc.--that enabled him to complete his dream of becoming a trained engineer. Hilton has included a wealth of detail that often makes this read like a Laura Ingalls Wilder story. As in her past childhood biographies of Washington and Jefferson, she includes two final chapters that briefly outline Hoover's adult years.