Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
It’s 1932, and Pearl Plankette can’t live at home anymore. She swears her father has beaten her for the very last time. But she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Life is hard for everyone during the great depression, but for a girl on her own it’s practically impossible. When she steals some clothes off a line, Pearls is only trying to get warm. But it ends up being her ticket to freedom. She meets up with a hobo named Ramshackle, who mistakes her for a boy. Pearl doesn’t correct him, and pretty soon the two are hitting the road and hopping trains. Eventually Pearls takes on the name Soupy and starts to think she may have found her place. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he’ll need Soupy just as much as she needs him.
This graphic novel about the hard life of hobos during the Great Depression is sprinkled with hope, the power of friendship, and the importance of being true to yourself. Recommended for middle school and up.
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