In 1848, fifteen-year-old Phoebe Brown disguises herself as a boy and runs away with her friend Robbie Robson to join in the California gold rush and, after many adventures, they eventually find themselves running a restaurant in San Francisco.
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Grade 5-8-The fourth book in the series finds 15-year-old Phoebe Brown disguised as a boy and seeking riches in the California goldfields. She and 18-year-old Robbie Robson leave Oregon, stow away on a boat, and eventually arrive in San Francisco. They befriend an eccentric Shakespeare-quoting miner who takes them to his claim where they help him search for gold. After fighting bandits and waiting out the autumn rains, the two friends return to San Francisco where they open Mother Phoebe's, a humble dining hall that quickly grows into a thriving, fine restaurant. Robbie proposes to Phoebe on her 16th birthday, the day she reveals her true identity to their friends and clientele. Before she can answer him, she realizes that she needs to see her family again and boards a ship bound for Oregon. Karr combines action, adventure, romance, humor, and a dash of tension in a novel that also explores identity. Readers witness Phoebe's self-discovery and acceptance of her femininity. Fans of the series will welcome this addition. Introduce them to Pam Mu?oz Ryan's Riding Freedom (Scholastic, 1998) and Karen Cushman's The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Clarion, 1996) for additional books about dynamic young women of the American West.
Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064404986
Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110064404986