Millie and the Great Drought: A Dust Bowl Survival Story (Girls Survive)

by Natasha Deen (Author) Wendy Tan (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Girls Survive
In 1935, dust storms are sweeping across the southern plains of United States, including Oklahoma. Twelve-year-old Millie Horn is worried about her family's survival. The Dust Bowl is getting worse, and her family is running out of food and money. Despite the hardships, Pa doesn't want to abandon the farm, which has been in the family for generations. But when the worst black blizzard yet hits, they have no choice. The family decides to make the journey west, but life in California isn't without struggle. Can Millie and her family survive the Dust Bowl and the hardships of the Great Depression? Readers can learn the real story of the Dust Bowl from nonfiction back matter in this Girls Survive story. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.
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Natasha Deen

Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. Natasha is the author of many books, including the Lark Ba Detective series in the Orca Echoes line, several titles in the Orca Soundings line and In the Key of Nira Ghani, which won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and was nominated for the Red Maple Award. Natasha lives in Edmonton.

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Guided Reading Level
Stone Arch Books
Publication date
August 20, 2022
Girls Survive
BISAC categories
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV001010 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV029030 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Disasters
Library of Congress categories
United States
20th century
Historical fiction
Dust storms
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Migration, Internal
Cimarron County (Okla.)

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