Treasures in the Dust by Tracey Porter

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Annie May Weightman and Violet Cobble are best friends and neighbors. They live in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. This is their story, told in two voices. Annie is happiest on the ground, sifting through the dust for traces of the past. But Violet is a dreamer always playing make believe to escape, to fly away from the dusty land. In this beautifully crafted first novel, poet Tracey Porter joins together two unique voices to tell a larger story of America, its hopes and dreams, during a time when thousands fled their prairie homes in search of work, food, and shelter.

Annie and Violet's story is one of friendship and courage--treasures shining through in the face of hardship.


About Tracey Porter

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Tracey Porter is the author of "Treasures in the Dust" and "A Dance of Sisters". Her most recent novel, "Billy Creekmore", was named to's Kids' Reading List, compiled by the American Library Association. For the past twenty years she has taught middle school at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Published August 23, 1997 by HarperCollins. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set during a severe 1930s drought and recalling the ambience and incidents of The Grapes of Wrath, this Dust Bowl novel chronicles the plights of two families, told from the points of view of two best friends who narrate alternating chapters.

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This memorable first novel alternates between the narratives of Annie May Weightman and Violet Cobble as each relates the struggle of her own Oklahoma family during the Depression.

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