Full of Beans

18 Nov

It’s the week before Thanksgiving and everyone is ready for a break. We’ve had some friendship and honesty issues at school, which is pretty typical for this time of year.

Beans, the main character of Jennifer L. Holm’s Full of Beans,  has similar issues.

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Publisher’s Summary:Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.

Funny, honest and charming, this was a really great read. Appropriate for all audiences, the book really captures the flavor of the Depression. I really like the way Holm makes the  run-down town come to life as the New Dealers paint and spruce it up. It was like Dorothy leaving Kansas and arriving in Oz. And, along the way, the spirits of the islanders are lifted.  The author’s note at the end provides readers with photographs, list of 1930s child actors, popular sayings, gang rules, and websites.

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