Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum

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It's the spring of 1851 and San Francisco is booming. Twelve-year-old Amelia Forrester has just arrived with her family and they are eager to make a new life in Phoenix City. But the mostly male town is not that hospitable to females and Amelia decides she'll earn more money as a boy. Cutting her hair and donning a cap, she joins a gang of newsboys, selling Eastern newspapers for a fortune. And that's just the beginning of her adventures. Participating in the biggest news stories of the day, Amelia is not a girl to let life pass her by - even and especially when it involves danger!

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Liza Ketchum is the author of many award-winning historical novels. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Published September 3, 2009 by Viking Juvenile. 336 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Amelia arrives in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush with her mother and Estelle, the two parents in her family.

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Next time you are standing on San Francisco’s streets east of Sansome, picture this: below your feet, beneath the pavement lies the ash and timbers of many other incarnations of this city, including remnants of “many a gallant craft that once proudly plowed the bounding billows of the open sea, a...

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L.J.'s poetry, essays, photography and reviews have appeared in Spectrum, Midnight Zoo, Danse Macabre, Coracle, 14 Hills, Limestone,...

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