by Ketchum, Liza, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2009
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It's the spring of 1851 and San Francisco is booming. Twelve-year-old Amelia Forrester has just arrived with her family and they are eager to make a new life in Phoenix City. But the mostly male town is not that hospitable to females and Amelia decides she'll earn more money as a boy. Cutting her hair and donning a cap, she joins a gang of newsboys, selling Eastern newspapers for a fortune. And that's just the beginning of her adventures. Participating in the biggest news stories of the day, Amelia is not a girl to let life pass her by - even and especially when it involves danger!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It is 1851, and 12-year-old Amelia is traveling with Mother and Estelle, Mother's friend, to San Francisco to make a fresh start. While the two seamstresses struggle to establish a business in the predominantly male frontier city, Amelia quickly adapts by cutting off her hair and joining the gang of orphaned boys who make their living selling newspapers. When she and a friend become trapped in an escaping hot air balloon, Amelia goes on an unexpected adventure to the gold fields, where she meets kind people of all classes that cause her to question the casual prejudice of the time against women and people of color. She also confronts her mother about her unknown father and comes to understand that whether she acts like a girl or a boy, she will always be Amelia. Unique in its historical depiction of a female-headed family, this spirited and smartly paced feminist take on the Gold Rush era will pair well with Karen Cushman's The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (1996).--Hubert, Jennifer Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Boys -- Juvenile fiction.
Gangs -- Juvenile fiction.
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Boys -- Fiction.
Gangs -- Fiction.
California -- Gold discoveries -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- Gold discoveries -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Viking,2009
Language English
Description 327 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780670011193 :
0670011193 :
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