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Judy lives in a tent with her family. Will they ever be able to afford a farm with a real house?

Ten-year-old Judy and her family are migrants, moving from farm to farm with each new season. Starting in Alabama, they travel to Florida and up the East Coast all the way to New Jersey, always looking for steady work. Every time Judy feels as if they’re beginning to put down roots, they have to move on. It’s hard for her to catch up in school; it’s hard to make and keep friends. Judy likes the people she meets along the way, but she longs for a real home. Will her family ever have a farm of their own?
 
Judy’s Journey is a realistic depiction of the life of migrant farm workers in the mid-1900s.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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Judy's Journey
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January 24th, 2014
The value of a book is more than the skill and creativity of the writer. It encompasses the value that it is given by its readers. A book has immeasurable value when it gives hope, comfort, and a sense of belonging to children. I can't review Judy's Journey objectively because of my love for it as a child so this is more a belated expression of gratitude for Lois Lenski.. Television was new then and I believed that it depicted a real world of perfect homes, fathers who always knew best, three perfect meals a day, and mothers who could hear and wore high heels. Families in other neighborhoods lived in that world, but my family could never gain admittance. Television confirmed that my family did not belong. Then I read Judy's Journey and it was a revelation. Here was a world I knew and understood and that was as legitimate as any other. I'm sure I cried at the hailstorm that destroyed the farmer's crop because we had lost our Montana farm, three meals a day, and all sense of having a home to a short summer hailstorm. Few things are sadder than a farm auction where everything you know is sold to the highest bidder, with the bank taking the proceeds, and all that is left is the old truck and trailer. When Judy said "You couldn't thank people for treating you like human beings" I knew the truth of it because the worst thing about poverty is not the homelessness or the hunger, but the contempt of people in that other world where a hailstorm is not the end of life as you know it. My father had been abandoned early and educated only to the third grade. My mother was completely deaf in one ear and with limited hearing in the other with the use of a hearing aid. It is very hard for such people to start over. A reviewer of "Strawberry Girl" said that it was a story about White Trash. His statement illustrates the contempt with which we became familiar. Yet my parents were among the most honorable, honest, unbigoted, and generous people I've ever known. Lois Lenski wrote about people who lived in the world of my childhood. I will always love her for reassuring me that I was as valid a human being as anyone.
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