A Sea So Far by Jean Thesman

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April 18, 1906. San Francisco is shaken and shattered by a nightmare earthquake. Among the many victims are two teenage girls: orphaned Kate Keely, who has to quit high school to go to work, and Jolie Logan, still recovering from an almost fatal case of scarlet fever and the death of her beautiful mother.

Their lives collide a year later, when Kate is hired as Jolie's "personal companion"-an odd combination of maid, nurse, and, perhaps, friend. They are still getting used to each other when Jolie's father suddenly decides to send them to Ireland. Kate is ecstatic, until he entrusts her with the Logan family secret, one she must keep from Jolie no matter what. The two make the exhausting journey by train and boat, where they stay with Jolie's aunt, and thrive-in ways Dr. Logan would never have expected.

A Sea So Far is Jean Thesman's first historical novel since The Tree of Bells. Its sweeping narrative-and its intimate look at the lives of two girls at the beginning of the twentieth century-is unforgettable.

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is a highly regarded author of a number of successfuil books on the Avon list, including Cattail Moon and The Ornament Tree. She lives in surburban Seattle, Washington, with her husband Bob and four dogs.
Published October 1, 2001 by Viking Juvenile. 195 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The lives of two teenage girls, each seeking a connection with her dead mother, intertwine as they recover from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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The opening quickly sets up the contrast between the girls' two worlds, with the errant poor dragging their sparse belongings while the Russian Hill wealthy seem to be holding an outdoor tea party, comfortably ensconced in their furniture as they watch the rest of the city burn.

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Orphan Kate Keely and heiress Jolie Logan are thrown together in the midst of a scarlet fever epidemic and a city trying to rebuild after a giant earthquake.

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