If you were a young, Italian immigrant girl living in Pennsylvania during the Great Depression and your family was being evicted from your home — what would you do?? Would you think to write a letter to the wife of the President for help? Well, that’s just what Margo Bandini does.
Based on real events in the author’s father’s family, the Bandini family struggles under a large medical loan taken out to save the life of Margo’s younger brother. Mr Bandini’s shoe repair shop has always earned enough to cover the family’s expenses, until the Depression comes to their community. Suddenly there isn’t enough money to pay the mortgage and the loan payments. Where can the Bandinis turn for help? Eleanor Roosevelt, of course! But can she make a difference?
Much like Blue Willow by Doris Gates, A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt helps young readers begin to understand not only basic family finances, but the America’s Great Depression and some of the government programs that emerged from that difficult time.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 112 pages, Published in 1999.