Rudy Rides the Rails

Rudy Rides the Rails:
A Depression Era Story

by Dandi Daley Mackall
illustrated by Chris Ellison

 In this picture book set during the Great Depression, teen-aged Rudy 'rides the rails', looking for work. En route, he meets other travelers and generous towns- people and slowly begins to doubt his father's advice to "look out for you and yours, and nobody else."

Realistic illustrations bring the era to life, and we love the Hobo Glossary in the back of the book!  This would make "a wonderful addition to the study of the Great Depression."(School Library Journal)

This book was a National Council for Social Studies Notable Book for 2008!

Interest Level:   Grades 3-6

Below are sample spreads from inside this book.  To see larger versions of these spreads, simply click on the images or click here.

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