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Eight Mules from Monterey
A library in a saloon? In a general store? Sounds crazy, but not to 13-year-old Fayette Ashmore's mother. During the summer of 1916, her job is to establish libraries wherever she can in the rugged country surrounding the town of Monterey, California. Escorted by a mule-driver nicknamed Possum, Mrs. Ashmore and her two children soon find themselves in all kinds of crazy si ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 31st 1993 by Beech Tree Paperback Book
(first published 1982)
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A chapter book about a little known period of California. In 1916, 13-year-old Fayette travels with her mother to establish libraries in California saloons, grocery stores, and other unusual places. Bringing reading to the Golden State involves adventures in the lovely and rugged mountains of the Monterey area, and this is a story that describes the work of the pioneering "librarians on muleback" bringing literacy to all.
From Contemporary Authors Online: "Patricia Beatty's historical children's fiction invites readers to share in her fascination with the past. Reflecting her interest in meticulous research, which she likened to detective work, her stories recreate past times for modern readers. Critics cite her strong sense of humor, as well as a sharp sense of place, as strong points of her fiction. A committed f ...moreMore about Patricia Beatty...