The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

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In 1849 a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town. There Lucy helps run a boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying to find a way to return "home."
 

About Karen Cushman

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Karen Cushman has a long-standing interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals and presidents. I wanted to know what life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of Catherine Called Birdy,winner of the 1995 Newbery Honor Award, and The Midwife's Apprentice, winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal. Her research moved in a new diredtion as she learned about nineteenth century women and children for The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. Ms. Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received an M.A. in Human Behavior and one in Museum Studies. She and her husband and daughter share their Oakland, California, home with two cats, a dog and a rabbit.
 
Published August 16, 1996 by Clarion Books. 228 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History. Fiction

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The recent Newbery medalist plunks down two more strong-minded women, this time in an 1849 mining camp—a milieu far removed from the Middle Ages of her first novels, but not all that different when it comes to living standards.

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In a voice so heartbreakingly bitter that readers can taste her homesickness, California Morning Whipple describes her family's six-year stay in a small mining town during the Gold Rush. Her mother, a

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PW gave a starred review to this gold-rush novel by Newbery Medalist Cushman, calling it a coming-of-age story rich with historical flavor. Ages 8-12. (May)

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California rebels by renaming herself Lucy and by hoarding the gold dust and money she earns baking dried apple and vinegar pies, saving up for a journey home.

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PW gave a starred review to this gold-rush novel by Newbery Medalist Cushman, calling it ""a coming-of-age story rich with historical flavor."" Ages 8-12.

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