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When her beloved Gram is dying of cancer, Carrie discovers letters from Gran's brother, Billy, who was killed in World War II and uncovers a family secret as she pieces together Gran's life and her own as well.
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Claire Rudolf Murphy has written eleven books for children and young adults. Children of the Gold Rush was named an American Booksellers Pick of the List, spring 1999 and nominated for an ALA Notable book. It recently won the 2000 Willa Cather award for best juvenile nonfiction book. Her other nonfiction books include Gold Rush Women, A Child’s Alaska, and her newest Gold Rush Dogs which will come out in May 2001 with Alaska Northwest Books. Her first easy reader Klondy's Gold Rush Winter will be published in winter 2002 by Golden Books. Free Radical, her third novel, will be published by Clarion Books in spring 2002. Her other novels include To the Summit, which was named a New York Public Library 1992 Outstanding Book for the Teen Age and Gold Star Sister, a 1994 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies and 1995 Child's Study Committee Children's Book of the Year. She has written two picture books - Caribou Girl and The Prince and the Salmon People.
Claire and her husband, son and daughter now live in her hometown of Spokane, after spending twenty-four years in Alaska. Along with her writing, Claire enjoys visiting schools and teaching creative writing at Eastern Washington University.From Kirkus Reviews:
Carrie receives a C in History because she handed in an unfinished project on WW II--she really hadn't cared enough to complete it. But when she finds a mysterious box filled with letters in her grandmother's basement, all that changes. The letters are a 50-year-old correspondence between Carrie's grandmother, Gram, and her brother Billy- -whom nobody in the family has ever heard of. Carrie questions Gram and discovers that Billy was a medic in the American army and died during the war, after which Gram and her parents never mentioned him again. (Even Carrie's father, Gram's son, didn't know about his deceased uncle.) Carrie becomes extremely involved in the story of her uncle Billy, so much so that when she finds a letter that he wrote for a dying man in his unit (but was never able to deliver), Carrie resolves to find the man's son and give him the letter herself. Carrie has another reason for wanting to deliver the letter, however: She believes that if she succeeds, her grandmother will not die of the cancer that is ravaging her. Carrie thinks that by finding the rightful owner of the letter she can save her beloved Gram. Despite the interesting WW II history, Murphy (To the Summit, 1992, etc.) delivers an essentially flat story that only picks up a little at the tear-jerky end. (Fiction. 10- 14) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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