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Publisher's Note:

Forced to seek work wherever they can, Sal's family may never have a place to call home again. But this can't keep Sal from dreaming of a future with Ben---a boy she meets up with every year at the end of the picking season. This heartwarming story about growing up in the Great Depression will resonate with modern readers of all ages.…

At Season’s End

by Eric Hendershot

Overall Book Review:

At Season’s End is a book about families who stick together through thick and thin. It has the feel of The Grapes of Wrath, but with a more Christian theme.  

In this book, two young teens are forced to incredible extremes in order to stay together as a family during the Great Depression. They are forced to lie their way across the country to find some form of a home. The story shows time and time again how much migrant workers looked out for each other and exemplifies two migrant families whose caring and love enable the teens to find the home they need.

In Hood River the characters show what it is like to cross through thick and thin. This book is a great read for teens and adults who are able to comprehend both the hope and the desperation in the Great Depression. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: None

Sex/Nudity:  Boys eyes linger on a girl’s covered breasts; a woman undresses for a doctor; a family sleeps undressed on top of their covers in a home; a woman comes outside in only her underwear; a man feel’s his wife’s breast; two minors marry; a fifteen year old pretends to be pregnant. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death; Abandonment; Thievery; Socioeconomic conflict; The Great Depression.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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Take me to a book store and it will be at least an hour before you can pry me from the shelves, never leaving empty handed. I have had my own bookcases (that’s right, plural) collecting my favorites since I was little. I like reading not only for the storyline, but also to see the author’s creativity and the way their personality comes through in their writing.