Full of Beans (Hardcover)
There just aren’t enough great books for boys between 8 and 12 years old, so I was delighted to find one when I read Full of Beans by three-time Newbery Honor author (and one of The Reading Bug’s favorites) Jennifer Holm. And even though Full of Beans is perfect for boys, it’s a great book for girls also! If you read Turtle in Paradise, you will be delighted to hear that Jenni returns to Key West, Florida, in Full of Beans. It is July 1934, and the depression has hit Key West hard. Beans’ dad is unemployed, his mother is taking in laundry, and Beans embarks on a short-lived and much regretted crime spree to help keep the family afloat. Like Turtle in Paradise, this book is wonderfully authentic, absolutely hilarious, and includes details of life during the 1930s that are informative as well as entertaining—the ubiquitous Sears Roebuck catalogues, outhouses, Shirley Temple movies, marble mania, while it tells how the Federal Emergency Relief Administration helped rescue Key West by remaking it as a tourist destination. Ages 8 to 12— From Staff Reviews
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award
Five Starred Reviews!
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016
Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.
Return to the wonderful world of Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans!
"A surprising coming-of-age story with a remarkably honest message." —The New York Times
"[Holm] captures this colorful slice of Depression history with her usual vivacious wit. . . . Children will love Beans." —Shelf Awareness, Starred
"A novel as entertaining as the motion pictures [Beans] loves to see."—The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
“Inspired by actual events, Holm’s talent for writing historical fiction is on full display. . . . Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy’s life in Florida’s ‘Recovery Key.’” —Booklist, Starred
"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth." —Kirkus Review, Starred
"Entertaining and illuminating historical fiction." —Publishers Weekly, Starred
About the Author
JENNIFER L. HOLM is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish and three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse and Squish series, which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.
“Inspired by actual events, Holm’s talent for writing historical fiction is on full display…Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy’s life in Florida’s ‘Recovery Key.’” —Booklist starred review
"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth; readers can only hope to hear more about the Curry clan." —Kirkus Review starred review
"Period details—like keeping Sears and Roebuck catalogues handy in outhouses, “marble mania,” people with leprosy hidden by their families, and the Shirley Temple craze—make for entertaining and illuminating historical fiction."—Publishers Weekly starred review
"Multifaceted supporting characters—an intrepid group of friends (all with nicknames such as Pork Chop and Too Bad), a fussy baby brother, a pushy girl nemesis, a mean grandmother, a Key West resident afflicted with leprosy—are all seen through Bean’s refreshingly honest eyes and create a novel as entertaining as the motion pictures he loves to see."—The Horn Book Magazine starred review
"Holm, who has family ties to Key West, captures this colorful slice of Depression history with her usual vivacious wit and colorful expressions..." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
Praise for Jennifer L. Holm:
“As a storyteller, Holm is superb.”— School Library Journal
“Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy.”— Booklist
“Anyone interested in learning to write crowd-pleasing historical fiction for elementary school readers would be wise to study Holm’s work.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sweet, funny and superb.”— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review