The 1930s: As the Great Depression deepens and her family disintegrates, Maddy Skobel flees her central Ohio town —by freight train—determined to make her own way. Learning to survive as a hobo while facing hardship, danger, and violence, Maddy must discover her own resourcefulness and strengths.
Through Maddy’s eyes, Line by Line explores larger themes that especially resonate today: coming of age in times of economic devastation, trust in our government, and the life-shaping influence of family—both the family that we are born into and the family we create as we surround ourselves with those who matter most.
“Barbara Hacha has perfectly captured the emotions, feelings, and overall vibe of this very difficult time in the “Great Depression.” The story is told through the eyes of Maddy, a young woman, who decides to venture out and live in the extreme conditions of those whom life has given no other alernative, but to “ride the rails” in search of making meager earnings in able to just survive. A very profound look into a world few have really ever gotten to appreciate.” – Amazon Review