Goodbye, Walter Malinski by Helen Recorvits

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It is 1934, and the Depression is making life tough for Wanda Malinski's family. Her father has been laid off from his job at the mill, so the family must rely on her older sister's meager earnings to make ends meet. There is no money for new shoes, and it's cabbage soup for dinner every night. Mr. Malinski is ashamed and frustrated by his powerlessness, and takes it out on Wanda's big brother, Walter. Wanda sees that Walter is desperate to make his father proud, even if it means leaving home to join President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. But he never gets the chance. Direct, understated writing and beautifully rendered pencil drawings capture the high emotional density of an immigrant family's experience as tragedy gives way to hope, and the Polish immigrant community bands together to mend a family's broken heart.
 

About Helen Recorvits

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Helen Recorvits is the author of two books for older readers, Where Heroes Hide and Goodbye, Walter Malinski, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Glocester, Rhode Island. Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated one other picture book, Hannah’s Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 96 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First-time author Recorvits makes a poised and confident debut with this bittersweet Depression-era tale of a Polish immigrant family. Since Pa got laid off from his job at the cotton mill, There we

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