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Edith Shay

A. LaFaye

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ISBN 10: 0689842287 / ISBN 13: 9780689842283
Published by Simon Pulse, 2001
Condition: New unread, minor shelf wear Soft cover
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Title: Edith Shay

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:New unread, minor shelf wear

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In my mind, the only rival to a good newspaper was a train headed out of Wisconsin.

Katherine Lunden has always dreamed of living a life like the ones she reads about in the newspapers, far away from the woods of Wisconsin and the small-town ways she's grown to despise. When a chance finally comes in the form of a train bound for Chicago and an abandoned suitcase marked with the name "Edith Shay," Katherine leaps into the unknown. Armed with a borrowed name and her own fierce courage, she's determined to conquer the big city on her own.

But Katherine soon finds that her new life doesn't exactly match up to her dreams -- working for a living is harder than she expected, and making friends in a city of strangers seems impossible. How can she discover herself while she's pretending to be someone else?

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Grade 6-8-Katherine Lunden has always longed to go to faraway places. In 1865 when she is 16, she leaves her Wisconsin home, makes her way to Chicago, and finds a lost suitcase bearing the name of Edith Shay. In the big city, Katherine takes a job as a seamstress, and on a whim, assumes the name on the suitcase as her own. She becomes homesick very quickly, but her parents write that their home is now closed to her because she has betrayed them by leaving. Too proud to return home, she decides to go to Richmond, VA, to return Edith's suitcase. On the way she is robbed and learns that not everyone can be trusted. Still, she then takes a job with an unscrupulous Scrooge-like man. Throughout her travels, Katherine is told that she needs a husband and family. She discovers, however, that she can be self-sufficient despite the conventional wisdom of the day. Although this story is set as the Civil War is ending, it is more of a character study than a historical novel. There are a number of period details, especially about the role of women; the clothing of the day; and of Chicago, Washington, and Richmond as they looked then. Largely, though, this is the story of a young woman who goes against the customs of her time. Readers learn of her hopes and dreams, her insecurities and her strengths. And while Katherine does travel far and have many adventures, there is more introspection than action. The book's main appeal will be to readers who can identify with her independent spirit.
Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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