Charlotte's Rose by A.E. Cannon

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I will carry that baby to Zion,” I shout at them, “just see if I don’t!”

Well! I did it! I have left them all quite speechless.

In 1856, 12-year-old Charlotte and her widowed father are members of a Welsh handcart company on the Mormon Trail, so poor they cannot afford wagons but must push carts from Iowa City to Utah. When a woman in the company dies giving birth, and her husband is too distraught to care for the baby girl, Charlotte grandly offers to care for the baby, whom she names Rose. But taking care of Rose turns out to be much harder than Charlotte expected. She’s stuck; she can’t give Rose back. As she struggles along the trail with the infant, she comes to love Rose, and to dream of life with “her” baby, even though Papa and others remind her that she will have to give Rose back to her father when they part ways at the end of the trail.

About A.E. Cannon

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Ann Cannon is a newspaper columnist as well as the author of several books for young readers, including Cal Cameron by Day, Spider-Man by Night, the 1987 winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, and Shadow Brothers and Amazing Gracie, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Published September 10, 2002 by Wendy Lamb Books. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Caring for the infant, whom Charlotte names Rose, is more difficult than Charlotte expects, but she conquers all obstacles with believable spirit and the help of the women who surround and support her, and who, in the end, help her make the right decision about Rose’s future.

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In what PW called a "strongly sketched pioneer novel," Mormons emigrating from Wales traverse the West with pushcarts, and a bold 12-year-old girl shoulders the additional burden of an infant whose mother has died in childbirth.

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