THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE
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Instead of reading her beloved library books, now Lucy must toil in her mother’s rough-and-tumble boardinghouse. Instead of her dainty New England school chums, now Lucy’s friends are Old West characters like Snowshoe Ballou (biggest feet in the whole Sierra). How can Lucy find happiness in California when all she wants is to escape the place? Flavorfully written (with the slightest touch of salty language) by a Newbery-winning novelist, the book combats the myth of the all-male goldfields.
1996 Best Books of the Year (School Library Journal)
1996 Books for Youth Editors’ Choice (Booklist)
1997 Notable Children’s Books in the Langauge Arts (National Council of Teachers of English)
1997 Teachers’ Choice (International Reading Association)
Notable 1997 Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies (National Center for Social Studies/Children’s Book Council)
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Reading level: grades 4–5. Interest level: grades 4–8