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If the Fire Comes

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If The Fire Comes: A Story of Segregation During The Great Depression
By: Tracy Daley
North Star Editions
Jolly Fish Press
Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Pages 128
Publish Date September 1, 2019
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This is a great and quick read. Your school age children will love this book. This book is set during the depression. It is about the work groups that FDR set up for people to work to get back up on their feet. This story is about a group of black men who are in the work company called the CCC. They are to put out fires in the areas. The young man Joseph is a shoeshine boy and he befriends one of the workers and helps him train pigeons. The pigeons are a new project they working on. For a short book there is a lot going on but it keeps your interest. I would highly recommend that you give this book a read.
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A wonderful book for middle grades that I highly recommend!
Polio a disease that left adults and even children to where they can't walk no more. It was a crippling disease.
We also are dealing with The Great Depression in 1935. Jobs were scarce and Joseph is shining people's shoes to help keep his family afloat. Back then it took everyone to pull their share.
Joseph's sister Maya has polio. I can't imagine what that's like for a child. It must be hard know you're not like the other children.
I enjoyed this. I think the 1930's is a fascinating era. My grandparents lived during these times. 
I did learn a lot while reading this book.
Tracy Daly has written a good story and she's done her research well! I think I will add this book to my list of favorites on my upcoming blog post
My thanks to Netgalley for this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own
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I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really love the I Am America series for the way it enlightens about history. I think they're a great teaching tool.

I really liked this one. Joseph and Maya are likable, Scrappy protagonists who care for pigeons in the beginning and their journey is really interesting.
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If the Fire Comes
A Story of Segregation during the Great Depression

by Tracy Daley

North Star Editions

Jolly Fish Press

Historical Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 01 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of If the Fire Comes through Jolly Fish Press and Netgalley:

If you are looking for a good historical fiction novel set in the Middle of the Great Depression for your middle grade reader If the Fire Comes is one I recommend! The book would make a great tool for opening up a discussion on The Great Depression as well as racial prejudice!

The year is 1935, and between the California drought and the Great Depression has left eleven year old having to shine shoes so his family can survive. Joseph has had to figure out how to get by as one of the few black people in the mostly white community. Sadly the order of the town is disrupted when an all black Conservative Corp Camp comes to Elsinore, the camp sparks racial tensions. Before long racial prejudice spreads like a wildfire forcing the work camp to leave the community! Will Joseph’s secret project be able to save the camp?

I give If the Fire Comes five out of five stars because I find that this book is both accurate and well written!

Happy Reading!
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What a great book for our young readers! It shows the struggles some have in life, and also the good that happens! I will be recommending it to  my local library and the young children!
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The cover of this book is very inviting and draws your right in. It's perfect for a middle grade reader. There are mentions of blood, but its very vague and barely worth mentioning. The brunt of the storyline is very inclusive and about a very important part of American history that is still being battled today. Segregation, racism, bravery, valor. All things children should know about. The illustrations bring the story to life. I would recommend this book. 4 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Thank you so much to North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press and NetGalley for sending me a ebook copy of If the Fire Comes by Tracey Daley (from the I Am America series), in exchange for an honest review. 

From the first line of this book I knew it was going to have such a heart to it and that I would instantly enjoy reading it. 

The story follows Joseph McCoy a poor shoeshiner living during the Great Depression. He and his sister Maya who had suffered with polio both love pretending that they are spies, living with their uncle and their pigeons that Joseph saved. When one day Joseph is working and spying all at the same time he learns of things that were coming and changing in his town. These changes are the CCC workers coming to help cut out the fires in their area. Most of the citizens are unwilling to accept them. Joseph makes some new friends including George of the CCC, he learns a new job training his pigeons and he is brave and helps his people.

This story was so beautifully told, it had parts that made you smile, parts that made you laugh, other parts that made you sad. Throughout the whole book you are enticed and moved by what you are reading really wanting to know more of what is going to happen next, wanting to know more of what Joseph and Maya are doing. 

This is a perfect historical story told in such a delicate and wonderful way, sharing what it was truly like during the depression, of how people were treated, how those willing to help were unwanted, of the hard work the CCC workers did and the ignorance they were given. Those times were not easy and this book shows a true example of it.

The art work by Eric Freeberg was beautiful and made it even more enjoyable getting to see the characters on the pages as you read. The back of the book holds vital information and facts of the real life people during the depression and is so informative, I’m so happy it was included. 

I highly recommend reading this book not only children but adults too, stories like this are very rarely told and it teaches you so much. History is for all and anyone reading will have their eyes opened and will learn so much. I will certainly be looking for the other three books in this series as I enjoyed this one so much. 

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Another wonderful addition to this elementary / middle school series, this book covers the Great Depression from an African-American perspective.  There are elements of history - such as carrier pigeons, polio, and the underbelly of discrimination - intricately woven into the story that children will remember long after the last page is read!
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