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Full of Beans: 10/16/16
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm is a historical fiction set in Key West, Florida during the Great Depression. Holm draws from her family history to create a charming and authentic story of a gang of friends.
Beans lives with his mother and brother on Conch street. One day after a failed attempt to sell collected cans for a profit, he sees a stranger painting a picture of the neighborhood. The oddity of that is all that is enough to spark a friendship.
Turns out the man is from the Federal Relief Administration and he's here to revitalize Key West. The goal is to turn it into a tourist destination. To Beans and his friends, that plan is the screwiest one they've ever heard.
Beans and his friends are gobsmacked that their run down, dirty, bug infested, too hot in the summertime, could become something that rich tourists would want to visit. Often road narrative books are about the highway abandoning a town; this is the opposite. This is the highway embracing a town and revisiting