Full of Beans

by Holm, Jennifer L.,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library - Forest Hills Children Fiction J Hol
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library - Forest Hills
Collection  Children Fiction
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Paperback J PAP HOLM
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Juvenile Paperback
Call Number  J PAP HOLM
Northland Public Library Children's Paperbacks P/J HOL
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Paperbacks
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Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award
Five Starred Reviews!
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016

Grown-ups lie. That's one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means "locals") in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it's 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn't anyone's fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.

Return to the wonderful world of Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise through the eyes of Turtle's cousin Beans!

"A surprising coming-of-age story with a remarkably honest message."- The New York Times

" Holm captures this colorful slice of Depression history with her usual vivacious wit. . . . Children will love Beans ."- Shelf Awareness , Starred

"A novel as entertaining as the motion pictures Beans loves to see."- The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"Inspired by actual events, Holm's talent for writing historical fiction is on full display . . . . Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy's life in Florida's 'Recovery Key.'"- Booklist ,Starred

" Filled with humor, heart, and warmth ."- Kirkus Review, S tarred

" Entertaining and illuminating historical fiction."- Publishers Weekly , Starred
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Key West, Florida, wasn't always a vibrant tourist destination. Holm (The Fourteenth Goldfish, 2014) turns back the clock to the 1930s, when the Great Depression had the island in its grip, leaving jobs scarce, feet bare, and houses in disrepair. Times may be tough, but they aren't getting down Beans Curry, an enterprising 10-year-old who will do most anything to earn a dime. Accompanied by his tag-along brother Kermit and a stray dog named Termite, Beans wanders the neighborhood collecting used cans, making laundry deliveries, shooting marbles, or if he's lucky seeing the latest Shirley Temple picture. Things get shaken up when a team of New Dealers descends on the town to turn it into a vacation hot spot, but Beans doesn't appreciate these visitors, until he runs into a bit of trouble while trying to make some easy money. Holm's talent for writing historical fiction is on full display in this story inspired by actual events. Readers will latch on to antiquated expressions (What a bunch of applesauce!) and marvel at aspects of Beans' everyday life for instance, few houses had phones, but party lines made eavesdropping a breeze. Mostly, though, they will be invested in Beans, whose tough exterior hides a vulnerable side. Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy's life in Florida's Recovery Key. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Holms is a three-time Newbery honoree and best-seller, plus she is touring with this title's release, so purchase accordingly.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this excellent prequel to the Newbery Honor-winning Turtle in Paradise, Holm recounts the origins of the Diaper Gang, the group of barefoot boys who have the run of Key West during the Great Depression. Their unofficial leader, Beans, narrates the arrival of the New Dealers who attempt to transform the poverty-stricken island into a tourist destination. Through Beans's eyes, Holm captures the population's economic distress ("Our town looked like a tired black-and-white movie"), with his father heading north to look for work, his mother's hands "red and raw" from doing the neighbors' laundry, and the ubiquitous "conch chowder." To help his family, Beans ventures into a life of crime, setting false fire alarms to create diversions for Cuban rum smuggler Johnny Cakes; dire repercussions motivate him to make amends, igniting his latent leadership skills to the town's benefit. Period details-like keeping Sears and Roebuck catalogues handy in outhouses, "marble mania," people with leprosy hidden by their families, and the Shirley Temple craze-make for entertaining and illuminating historical fiction. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Gangs -- Juvenile fiction.
Money-making projects for children -- Juvenile fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Juvenile fiction.
Gangs -- Fiction.
Moneymaking projects -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Key West (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Key West (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Yearling,2018
Edition First Yearling edition.
Language English
Notes "A Yearling book."
"Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction"--Cover.
Includes author's note with photographs; Beans' favorite kid actors; Pork Chop's best sayings; Offical rules of the Diaper Gang; Sneak peeks at two other Holm's books.
Description 193 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 191).
ISBN 9780553510386
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