The impact family budget decisions may have on a child is not often reflected in childrenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s literature. The Chalk Box Kid, written by Clyde Robert Bulla and published in 1987, is the exception to this rule. Written with the beginning chapter book reader in mind, this story of a boy who must accomodate himself to the realities of a move necesitated by his fatherÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s job loss is a touching tribute to the resiliency of children. Forced to share his room with an out-of-work uncle, Gregory finds solace in the burned-out chalk factory behind his house. His decision to Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½growÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ a garden there despite its concrete floor and blackened walls is a testament to the ability of the human spirit to joyfully express itself in the face of adversity.