Fiction Tells a Story of Familial Love In Spite of Tough Times

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No matter how hard life may be, home and community will always be one’s refuge

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Living in the rural parts of Arkansas in the early 1940s was not always easy, as Bobbie and Allie experienced in this touching story. Life was difficult, and just about everyone was poor. Even at the age of 10, Bobbie worked for a dollar a week building fires in the stoves each morning at the two-room schoolhouse where he attended school. Allie scrubbed clothes on a rub board at a spring from an early age and gathered the family's night water among other chores. However, this early rural living had its advantages, as well. Allie loved playing hully gully, riding young sapling trees for horses, and singing songs with her sister. Bobbie treasured spending time with his grandpa, catching fish, and learning to whittle. Allie and Bobbie learned many things growing up in this small community, but probably the most important thing they learned was that when times got tough, they could always make a beeline home.

Making a Beeline Home is a novel penned by author Pam Estes. While this story is fictional, it has its basis on the lives of many real people, real places, and many actual events. The chapters alternate with one chapter focusing on Bobbie and the next on Allie, but the lives of these two characters intertwine since they both attend the same two-room school together and live in the same small community.

Readers of this book will be moved to tears by the sorrows and hard times experienced by the characters and their family members and rejoice at the closeness of family and community. Actual photographs accompany the text creating a closeness of the reader to the characters. The author interviewed actual characters from the book and included some of these primary source quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

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About the Author
Pam Estes lives in northern Arkansas with her husband, Jim. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren. She also loves reading, listening to audio books, and taking trips with her husband. The author is also a teacher at an intermediate school where she works with students in grades three through five.

Making a Beeline Home * by Pam Estes
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
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