Download Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Audiobook

Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Audiobook, by Jerry Stanley Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Jerry Stanley Narrator: Fred Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781482101089
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This is the compelling story of the “Okie” migration to California and of the construction and life of a remarkable school at a farm workers’ camp. This memorable book provides a glimpse of a neglected period of American history and tells a story of prejudice being transformed into acceptance and despair into hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful account of a desperate time.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fred Sullivan’s rich voice strikes the perfect balance of intimacy and authority as the mass migration to California during the Dust Bowl era gets renewed attention in this short audio. Stanley contrasts the poverty and despair of the migrants, many from Oklahoma, with the progress migrant children made at the innovative Weedpatch School, near Bakersfield. The story describes the school’s development and the useful skills children learned, including plumbing and animal husbandry. Sullivan’s natural style in delivering instructive quotations adds immediacy. While his pacing is perfect for engaging listeners of any age, the repeated use of an expletive in primary source quotations makes this performance more appropriate for teen listeners. Sullivan’s stellar performance complements Stanley’s captivating vignettes.”


  • “Stanley’s text is a compelling document…The story is inspiring and disturbing, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity.”


  • “Poignant, vivid, and unforgettable.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Lucid, dramatic, and splendidly inspiring.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, September 2013

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About the Author

Jerry Stanley is the author of several highly praised books for young readers, including Children of the Dust Bowl, winner of the Orbis Pictus Award; I Am an American, an ALA Notable Book; and Hurry Freedom, a National Book Award nominee and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. He is a former professor of history at California State University–Bakersfield.

About the Narrator

Fred Sullivan is an actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has played over one hundred roles as an award-winning resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He is resident director at Gamm Theatre and teaches acting at the Rhode Island School of Design.