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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marian Hale Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780307207210
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Sadie doesn’t want a new life; her old one suits her just fine. But times are hard in drought-plagued Missouri, and Daddy thinks they’ll be better off in Texas. It’s tough for Sadie to give up her beloved home for this strange place, where even children clean shrimp at the cannery to help make ends meet and where people are rude to her disabled father.

Yet when trouble comes, it is the kindness of these new neighbors that helps the family through. And no one helps more than Dollie, a red-headed chatterbox of a girl who just might become a good friend–if Sadie gives her half a chance.

Lyrical and vibrant, this is an unforgettable first novel about the true meaning of home. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/10/2014

    " A slow, introspective story about a 12 year old girl and her family during the depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/9/2014

    " I picked up this book thinking it was the same author of Princess Acadamey but it wasn't. It was still a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Makaela | 2/7/2014

    " I gave this book four stars because I could never do all the things they had to do. I think sadie is much braver than I will ever be and I wish I could be more like her. I liked the unexpected parts that you didn't see coming. She has to take care of all her siblings and go to a new school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fv | 2/6/2014

    " The book "The Truth About Sparrows" was a really good book. It showed in great detail what life was like during the Great Depression and how worse it was for people in the Mid-East of America because of droughts. Not only did the author; Marian Hale, portray how hard it was during this time but used a great character like Sadie to express what life was really like for her and her family who were affected by the Depression and forced to move because of it. Sadie, along with her parents and her three siblings drove away from their home in Missouri and headed to Texas in search for a better chance at finding work. This story is a great way to learn about life during the Depression and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a story from a perspective of someone who might have lived during the Great Depression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 2/6/2014

    " I just liked this book. Heartwarming, thoughtful, a bit melancholy, and real. I could see myself in Sadie - more than once her reactions or feelings in certain situations, her questions, her doubts and fears seemed all too familiar. I was so glad she had her family and friends to help her realize her potential and goodness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nono | 2/5/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. About a family in the depression who lost a lot but never their dignity. Also about a young girl coming to terms with the changing circumstances of her family. Loved it -thanks Kristi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 1/16/2014

    " I have missed the characters in this book since I finished the last page. It drew me right in. Another juvenile novel. I connected to the storyline in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodiemaureen | 1/13/2014

    " This book gave me an interesting insight on the Great Depression. I really liked it and it was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 1/13/2014

    " This was a good little book that showed the living conditions some families had to endure during the depression from the perspective of a young girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie | 12/24/2013

    " The writing was fantastic. I love historical fiction more than any other genre, and this did not disappoint. It truly brought the Great Depression to life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 12/7/2013

    " Did not like it and did not finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/17/2013

    " Of course anything after my "Phantom" high was going to be a bit mundane, but this was a good choice to bring me back down. A lovely book about the reality of the Depression and hope. I liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristy | 10/3/2013

    " So this book is about a girl named Sadie who had to move to Texas because of the Dust Bowl, and she is NOT happy. She had to leave her BBFL, and her house and school....etc. It's an ok book, I had to read it last year for Social Studies and it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malissa | 9/3/2013

    " This was an interesting story about a family moving to Texas during the depression. I thought that the mention of the sparrow in the title and in the book wasn't prominent enough in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsay Goody | 8/29/2013

    " All said, I would probably give this book a 3.75 - why does Good Reads not have half or quarter star ratings??? This is a book written for tween/young teenage readers about a young girl facing hardship through The Depression. It was easy reading,had a good moral, and overall was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 7/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Bless the author for writing such a faith promoting, heart warming, lesson learning book. Amen is all I can say to everything contained in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/6/2013

    " What a good book. Makes me greatful for all the things that I have. The only part of the book that might be a little mature for young adults, is when Sadies mom gives birth. Otherwise good book for kids to understand about the depression, friendship and being greatful for what you have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Garay | 2/6/2013

    " This book is one of my favorites.. i read it in eight grade and i fell in love with it.. is just amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilah | 1/6/2013

    " Amazing book. It is a must read. Hale is an awesome author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chinmayee | 12/11/2012

    " Threw it out with great force, a la Dorothy Parker! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katriina | 12/1/2012

    " I love this book! Taking place during the Great Depression, The Truth About Sparrows creates a whole new world where if you can't make do with what you have, you don't survive. It teaches you that you can be happy with very little. As long as you have your family and friends, you'll be okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/14/2011

    " This was a really good and sad book. Really worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kammy | 8/25/2011

    " I thought this was a great story. Simple, sweet and with a happy ending. It is the story of 12-year-old Sadie whose family packs up and moves to Texas in 1933 when they can no longer make a living in Missouri. I thought it was a fun piece of historical fiction written for upper elementary grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/16/2011

    " I totally enjoyed this story. I am so glad I pick it up to read. It was very heartwarming. Can't imagine what Sadie had to go through. This is the second book by this author that I have read. I hope there will be more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 8/7/2011

    " Great story. One of my favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/18/2011

    " I loved this book! When I find a good book, I make certian that I find all of the others the author wrote. I've read all three of Marian Hale's no els, and enjoyed all of them. The Truth About Sparrows just happens to be my favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsay | 3/14/2011

    " All said, I would probably give this book a 3.75 - why does Good Reads not have half or quarter star ratings??? This is a book written for tween/young teenage readers about a young girl facing hardship through The Depression. It was easy reading,had a good moral, and overall was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 2/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Bless the author for writing such a faith promoting, heart warming, lesson learning book. Amen is all I can say to everything contained in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/10/2010

    " Just ok for me. I guess it would have been helpful to know it was a book for youth. I would have Hannah read it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/5/2010

    " Sweet book. I love stories about the resilience of human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 9/3/2010

    " I picked up this book thinking it was the same author of Princess Acadamey but it wasn't. It was still a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/17/2010

    " Keep in mind this book was written for children. An interesting look at the depression era and what it really meant for families. People who enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books would enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/21/2010

    " What a good book. Makes me greatful for all the things that I have. The only part of the book that might be a little mature for young adults, is when Sadies mom gives birth. Otherwise good book for kids to understand about the depression, friendship and being greatful for what you have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie | 4/7/2010

    " The writing was fantastic. I love historical fiction more than any other genre, and this did not disappoint. It truly brought the Great Depression to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/7/2010

    " Of course anything after my "Phantom" high was going to be a bit mundane, but this was a good choice to bring me back down. A lovely book about the reality of the Depression and hope. I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/12/2010

    " I loved this story about the depression told from a young girl's perspective. I thought I had it bad when I had to move to a new town when I was twelve. I wish my grandkids would read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodiemaureen | 12/27/2009

    " This book gave me an interesting insight on the Great Depression. I really liked it and it was a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 12/17/2009

    " A good little book about life during the Great Depression. Not necessarily original, but a well-done story.
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About the Author
Author Marian Hale

Marian Hale is the author of acclaimed historical novels for young adults including Dark Water Rising and The Goodbye Season. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grandbabies on the Texas Coast.

About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie® and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall.