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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
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Aug 02, 09

Read in July, 2009

Even thought his is considered children's fiction, I thought the
author did a terrific job in keeping the language of the era
authentic. It was colorful!
This is the story of a young girl who's mother drags she and her other siblings out from Massachusetts to the gold fields of California. It is told from Lucy's perspective of the unwilling participant and how she responds to her surroundings and the hardships of trying to make a go of it in with the miners. Her mother gets a job managing a hotel (literally a flop house) in a tent before buildings were put up and the chores the children had to do to maintain a livelihood for themselves. All the time Lucy remembers the family she left behind in Massachusetts and tries to fanagle her way back home to civilization. A quick, great read.

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