Silver Dollar Girl by Katherine Ayres

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Valentine Harper's father has been in Colorado for more than a year seeking his fortune in the Silver Rush. But she's tired of waiting for his overdue return. Aunt Margaret is nice, but Uncle Franklin seems unhappy to have an extra person in the house, and Cousin Harold's pranks have been getting meaner. Unfortunately, a girl can't get far on her own in America in 1885. But with a haircut, the right clothes, and a big dose of courage, Vallie Harper just might make it on a journey across the country to look for her father and pull off an adventure that will change her life.
 

About Katherine Ayres

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Katherine Ayres is the author of Family Tree, which has been named to several state award lists, and North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad. She is a founding member of the Playwright’s Lab at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She teaches writing at Chatham College, where she also coordinates the Master of Arts program in children’s and adolescent writing.
 
Published November 14, 2000 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 195 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I’ll keep my doll, but I’ll keep my boots and my Levi trousers too.” Ayres’s (Family Tree, 1996) well-researched story is fun to read, full of spunk, and should teach a gentle lesson or two as well.

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