Much Ado About Grubstake by Jean Ferris

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Grubstake is a grubby down-on-its-luck mining town filled with grubby down-on-their-luck miners. So when a decidedly nongrubby city slicker shows up and offers to buy the tapped-out mines, the miners are sorely tempted. But not Arley, the brash sixteen-year-old girl who runs the boardinghouse. No, Arley smells a rat. What could some fancy-britches rascal want with empty mines? Is there more in those desolate pits than the Grubs realize?             Like Jean Ferris’s popular Once Upon a Marigold, this lighthearted, endearingly goofy story is packed with quirky, lovable characters and piercing insights.


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JEAN FERRIS has written more than a dozen novels for young people, including the popular Marigold trilogy. Once Upon a Marigold was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing title. Ms. Ferris lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at
Published January 1, 2006 by Scholastic. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Plunk them all down in a grubby down-on-its-luck mining town in Colorado in 1888, add a sassy woman saloon keeper and an abandoned mail-order bride, and you’ve got one heck of a rousing “oater.” Packed with quirky characters, a villain or two, unlikely romances and likable, spunky gals (minus one...

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Written in the same spirit as Audrey Couloumbus's The Misadventures of Maude March , Ferris's (Once Upon a Marigold ) comical Wild West adventure introduces a group of wittily portrayed characters, all of whom live in Grubstake, a mining town that has seen better days.

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