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Runaway Voyage
Betty Cavanna
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Runaway Voyage

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A fictional account of the mid-19th-century voyage, led by Asa Mercer, of several hundred young women going from the east coast to help populate Seattle.
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published 1978 by Morrow
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Oct 16, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it
A tale of Asa Mercer's ladies, written in a historical format for the teen reader. If you are looking for a good way to learn some of the history of the settling of Seattle and what Asa Mercer had to do with that, this is a good book to read. It states the realism of the harsh circumstances that faced young women, especially orphans in those times.
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American juvenile author (full name: Elizabeth Allen) Betty Cavanna suffered from a crippling disease, infantile paralysis, as a child, which she eventually overcame with treatment and exercise. During her convalescence, attentive adults read to her until she was old enough to read to herself, beginning a long love affair with books.

Cavanna majored in journalism at the New Jersey College for Women
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