DeFelice, Cynthia C. Nowhere to Call Home. Farrar, Straus,” Giroux, 1999. ISBN 0-374-35552-5. $16.00. 200 pp. A 3-6 FI Reviewed by Nancy C. Evensen Despite the depression, Frances lived a comfortable, sheltered life with her father. She was cared for by servants and taught by a tutor. Things change however, when her father, who lost his fortune, commits suicide. Frances is forced to leave the security of her home and the servants, who have been the only family Frances has ever known. She is intrigued with the stories of hobo life shared by one servant, and, after being placed on a train to live with her aunt, she decides to make a move. Frances leaves the train, turns her ticket in for a refund, cuts her hair, puts on boy's clothing, and begins her life as “Frankie Blue” the hobo by hopping a train. To her surprise, a young boy is also in the car. Stewpot becomes a true friend, acclimating her to the protocol of the hobo life. Cold, hunger, embarrassment, and worry become her companions. However, she sees her fellow hobos for the most part as generous people who have no where to turn. When Stewpot dies, Frankie decides it is time to return to her former life as Frances. As she approaches her aunt's home, she can't help but notice a symbol left by a hobo which indicates the residents will help someone down on their luck. The book gives an insightful look at life during the Depression. Stewpot and Frankie have some exciting adventures which make for an interesting read. The book is currently a Utah Children's Book Award Nominee. It is a solid choice for a historical fiction lover.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
The information available on this site, including any text, computer codes, data, artwork, video, audio, images or graphics (collectively the "Material") are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Parties other than Brigham Young University ("BYU") may own copyright in the Material. We encourage the use of this Material for non-profit and educational purposes only, such as personal research, teaching and private study. For these limited purposes, Material from this web site may be displayed and printed, and all copies must include any copyright notice originally included with the Material. Additionally, a credit line must be included with each item used, citing the article or review author, title or article or review, title of the database, sponsoring agency, date of your access to the electronic file, and the electronic address.