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In 1852, a fourteen-year-old orphan and her elderly guardian, accompanied by a tough drover and his crew, take several thousand sheep from Iowa to California, returning by ship through the Panama Canal, to raise money to save the girl's home from a villainous debt collector.Susan Carlisle makes a harrowing journey from Iowa to California
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Theodore Taylor was born in North Carolina and began writing at the age of thirteen as a cub reporter for the Portsmouth, Virginia Evening Star.Leaving home at seventeen to join the Washington Daily News as a copy boy, he worked his way toward New York City and became an NBC network sportswriter at the age of nineteen.Mr. Taylor is the author of a dozen books for young readers, among them the award-winning The Cay. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Flora.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-9 The story of 14-year-old orphan Susan D. Carlisle and her attempt to foil a villain who has placed a lien on her entire inheritance for a debt of her father's. Susan and her guardian, Indian Myrt Dessery, hire drover Burt Pettit and his absurd crew to drive a herd of sheep that are in her name to California to feed the Forty-Niners. A French-speaking black Moroccan and the "original cowboy" Clay B. Carmer, Susan's hero, are the most notable characters. After getting enough moneypartly from the sale of the sheep and partly from gamblingSusan heads home but not in time to meet her deadline. She eventually receives a sort of "love" letter from Clay and heads for New Mexico and perhaps marriage. Walking Up a Rainbow is almost exciting and funny, but it falls short. The characters don't quite come alive; the humor isn't quite light enough; the adventures are too serious for the plot (Susan is almost raped at Independence Rock). Susan narrates parts One and Three, and Carmer narrates the middle section, a technique that is somewhat confusing. Also, the story's mood lapses occasionally with explanations "For those of you not familiar with history. . . ." In the book's favor are its realistic descriptions of life on a sheep drive and especially the trip by sea from California down to Panama, overland to the Gulf and home via the Mississippi. Enjoyable despite its flaws. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
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Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Read, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110385294352
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385294352