Twelve-year-old Sarah's feelings about life on her family's California farm change when she writes a letter to President Teddy Roosevelt to protest diverting water for the growing city of Los Angeles and when she saves her twin brother from a fire.
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Grade 3-5-An adequate historical fiction entry set in California in 1905. Spirited, independent Sarah Jefferson, 11, can't wait to grow up and move away from her family's farm to Los Angeles. But when word comes of an attempt to "steal" valley water for the city, she gets involved in the local farmers' violent protest. When the mob's lamps inadvertently set the Jefferson's barn ablaze, Sarah, her mother, and twin brother Samuel try to rescue the animals. Sam is struck by a falling beam and Sarah must ride through the night to get a doctor. In the calmer days that follow, a compromise is offered to help the farmers and to send water to Los Angeles. This brief book is well written and fast paced. West appends an interesting postscript that gives greater background on the situation and lets readers know what eventually happened to the Owens Valley. Those who get past the dark cover will enjoy Sarah's story, and gain from it a painless history lesson.
Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Book Description Silver Moon Press. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G1881889327I3N00