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Edith Shay

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ISBN 10: 0670875988 / ISBN 13: 9780670875986
Published by Viking Childrens Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Edith Shay

Publisher: Viking Childrens Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Katherine Lunden, determined to make a life for herself, leaves the woods of Wisconsin for New York City, where the phantom owner of the abandoned suitcase she brought with her becomes a symbol of the woman Katherine wants to be.

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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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