A boy and his grandpa hope to strike oil in drought-ridden Oklahoma
It’s hot in Oklahoma. There’s no wind, the wells are dry, and the ground is dead. Orvie’s family is doing everything they can to keep their farm going. If they miss a payment on the mortgage, the bank will take their home away, and they’ll have nowhere else to go. Farming is tough, honest work, and it’s no way to get rich. For years, Orvie’s grandfather has sworn that there’s oil under their land, and as soon as it starts bubbling up, they’ll have more money than they know what to do with. But when the oil boom sweeps across Oklahoma, Orvie will find there are some problems that money can’t solve.
This rich portrait of life during the Oklahoma oil boom provides a lovingly detailed look at a forgotten time in history.
Open Road Media; October 2015
- ISBN 9781504021982
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Boom Town Boy
- Author: Lois Lenski
Imprint: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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Praise for Lois Lenski
“Lenski writes with unusual feeling, embellishing her story with much factual information. . . . This is a story unique in the truthful portrayal it offers the readers.” —Kirkus Reviews on Coal Camp Girl
About The Author
Born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1893, Lois Lenski achieved acclaim as both an author and illustrator of children’s literature. For her Regional America series, Lenski traveled to each of the places that became a subject of one of her books. She did meticulous research and spoke with children and adults in the various regions to create stories depicting the lives of the inhabitants of those areas. Her novel of Florida farm life, Strawberry Girl, won the Newbery Award in 1946. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1942 for Indian Captive, a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Jemison. Lenski died in 1974.