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Book Title: Sawdust in His Shoes|
The author of the book: Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 571 KB
Edition: Buccaneer Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9781568493107
Read full description of the books Sawdust in His Shoes:A bit long, but then, it's not really a juvenile, more for teens. Joe is 15 and considers passing for 18 so he doesn't have to deal with the judge and the orphanage, but he has such a manly sense of honor that he doesn't. He's no goody-goody, but he is strong & brave and a good role model. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Fans of circuses would likely enjoy it even more, even though, at the same time, they'd resent the many pages that aren't circus related. Fans of historical Oregon might like it, too, as the country it depicts is so much more rural, the cities so much smaller, than now.
It might be interesting for scholars to compare it to the stories of "half-breeds" of a few decades ago. Joe gets to the point of spending a lot of energy wondering if he'll ever be able to fit in at the farm, or go back to the circus. And I remember reading several stories about "Indian" youth who didn't feel either Native or comfortable among whites. Immigrants also have similar feelings in much juvenile historical fiction.
"You're in for a hard life, young fellow, if you keep on taking everything to heart so."
"Hard life!" Joe whirled on her. He was suddenly furious. "Who wants to live at all, without being able to feel?"
Read information about the authorEloise Jarvis McGraw was an author of children's books. She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are Greensleeves, Pharaoh, The Seventeenth Swap, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile.
McGraw also contributed to the Oz series started by L. Frank Baum, writing with her daughter Lauren Lynn McGraw (Wagner) Merry Go Round in Oz (the last of the Oz books issued by Baum's publisher) and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz, and later writing The Rundelstone of Oz on her own. The actual writing of the books was done entirely by Eloise; Lauren made story contributions significant enough for Eloise to assign her co-authorship credit.
She lived for many years in Portland, Oregon before dying in late 2000 of "complications of cancer".
McGraw was married to William Corbin McGraw, who died in 1999. They had two children, Peter and Lauren.
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