The Blue Jeans Rebellion • An Early Readers Novel

by Joanna H. Kraus

The story is set in 1877 in Orderville, Utah, a planned Mormon community. Many of the families who volunteer to live there had been starving before they came and so they willingly agree to all the rules and regulations. One specifies that until the clothing you wear is worn out you must not apply for anything new.
Eleven-year old Gideon wonders why everyone has to dress in the same drab gray clothes and annoyed that though his pants are too short, his application is denied.
He’d heard about the new transcontinental railroad that went clear across the country. As silver pours from the earth and the railroad flashes its glitter across the continent, brand new products arrive in the west.
One day making a delivery of sheep’s wool to the General Mercantile Store he sees, for the first time, a pair of blue jeans. He knows that he shouldn’t covet them, but that doesn’t stop his overwhelming desire.  Secretly he takes some of the sheep-sheared wool and exchanges it for a pair of store-bought jeans.
When he appears in the doorway in the midst of a square dance, everyone is shocked. His Pa is furious. Mama is in tears. The Board of Management summons Gideon to a meeting.  There he must relinquish the jeans and receive his punishment for taking community property.
But the other boys have now seen the jeans, and they want new pants.  Deliberately they all ruin what they are wearing.
Exasperated, the Board orders bolts of cloth from the nearby cotton mill.  Since there’s an over-abundance of denim, that’s what is sent.
Blue jeans and change come to Orderville.
The Blue Jeans Rebellion, an early reader chapter book, is inspired by a little-known anecdote of Mormon (Latter-day Saint) history.

Perfect for Early or any Elementary Grade Reader. Story may interest those up to age 13 and beyond.


“It is so well written, and is a compelling  story.  You did a wonderful job of inserting the culture of Orderville, and got inside the head of an eleven-year-old boy very convincingly!  It’s a terrific book! Brava!” — Mary Henry Best, Road Scholar Leader and Staff Member


The Blue Jeans Rebellion is an educational and page-turning experience for young readers. The book gives a richly detailed, informative, and empathic picture of the Mormon community. The author captures the eleven-year-old protagonist’s courage and sensitivity, as well as the moral dilemma that he confronts and resolves. His resourcefulness and forward-thinking is a model for children who read this book.”Shoshana Kobrin, MA
author, Roots and Wings: Growing Up in Apartheid South Africa

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PAPERBACK 1st EDITION — Now Available

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 26, 2020) (Leicester Bay Books)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 979-8648800717
  • ASIN: B08978X1C9
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical
    Fiction / Historical
  • LIST PRICE: $8.95


  • File Size: 2865 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Leicester Bay Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2020)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2020
  • Sold by: Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B08961N8Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Kindle List Price: $4.99




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