A Time of Troubles
By Pieter Van RavenReading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Atheneum 1990
The novel is appropriately grim and conveys the hopes and disillusionments of families migrating to California during the Depression. Van Raven's descriptions of such things as the labor of orange picking or the emptiness of the dusty and forlorn great plains are on target as is his telling of the disintergration of a father and son's relationship.