Robert S. Weil Revisits an Unforgettable Journey in His Past

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New Book “Teenage Hobo” follows the struggles of three brothers during the Great Depression

Data posted on the website,, shows that every year there are an estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million youths who run away from their homes. Robert S. Weil shares the experiences and dangers he and his brothers encountered while living the life of a Teenage Hobo.

The poignant memoir unravels during the Great Depression, and follows three young brothers whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. The oldest of the group was only 14, and he had to fend for his younger brothers during the harrowing journey that would become an unforgettable part of their lives. Hoping to be reunited with their mother and other siblings, the three youths travel the distance between Cincinnati, Ohio and Los Angeles, California, for an excruciating 30 days. Vulnerable to harsh weather conditions, hunger and uncertainty, they travel by hitchhiking and riding as stowaways on freight trains. Although their voyage was anything but easy, it proved to be one of hope and perseverance.

Soul-stirring and emotive, Teenage Hobo is a story that vividly captures the Great Depression zeitgeist while giving readers a glimpse of the lives that have become entwined in it.

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About the Author
Robert S. Weil started working at the tender age of eight and has ventured into many different jobs. He grew up during the Great Depression and experienced firsthand its harsh realities. During World War II, he joined the US Navy. He has also taught in college and worked as an electronic technician. His book Teenage Hobo is his attempt to share significant experiences he had with his brothers to other people.

Teenage Hobo * by Robert S. Weil
My Brothers Keeper
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4653-5581-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4653-5582-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-5583-6

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