Dear America by Susan Patron
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Newbery Award-winning author Susan Patron brings her talents to the beloved Dear America series in this exciting story of a girl growing up in the Wild West, in a California gold mining town.

Growing up in the wild gold-mining town of Bodie, California, in the 1880s, Angeline Reddy has seen it all -- saloons, brawls, and a whole lot of desperation. When her father, Bodie's greatest lawyer, is declared murdered, Angie knows deep in her heart that he isn't dead and decides it is up to her to solve the mystery of what happened to him. But when her mother takes ill and a mysterious ghost appears, putting together the puzzle pieces seems impossible. Not to mention, a gang of vigilantes, the 601, is raging out of control, running folks out of town, and nobody seems safe.
Will Angie, with the help of her friends Ellie and Ling Loi, and the mysterious and tragically handsome Antoine, be able to uncover the secret of her father's disappearance?

About Susan Patron

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Susan Patron won the Newbery Medal for The Higher Power of Lucky and is also the author of Lucky Breaks and Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. She divides her time between Los Angeles, California, and the high desert of the Eastern Sierras. Please visit her at McGuire’s first picture book was French Ducks in Venice, by Garret Freymann-Weyr. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and you can visit her at
Published January 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 307 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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