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Told from the point of view of thirteen-year-old Anne Turner, the story begins on a beautiful, hope-filled day in the spring of 1931. But as the sun sinks toward the horizon, so do Anne's spirits. Her family is moving again. When they arrive in Minnesota in hope of finding work for Anne's father, there is none. Every new place the Turners stop, work is no where to be found. Readers travel with Anne and her family across the Midwest and West as Anne keeps a journal of the daily struggle to survive during the depression. This is a story of hardship and human compassion as people help the Turners along their way--town and county officials who give them gas, laborers and shop owners who share their meager supplies. This is a story of a young girl's strong hope in the face of overwhelming despair.