The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach

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A perfect Common Core tie-in, The Hope Chest includes nonfiction backmatter with period photographs, historical notes about the suffrage movement, and a Voting in America timeline. It's also a New York State Curriculum title for fourth grade.

Eleven-year-old Violet has one goal in mind when she runs away from home: to find her sister, Chloe. Violet’s parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Person, but Violet knew better. The only problem is that Chloe’s not in New York anymore. She's moved on to Tennesee where she's fighting for the right of women to vote. As Violet's journey grows longer, her single-minded pursuit of reuniting with her sister changes. Before long she is standing side-by-side with her new friends—suffragists, socialists, and colored people—the type of people whom her parents would not approve. But if Violet’s becoming the Wrong Sort of Person, why does it feel just right? This stirring depiction of the very end of the women's suffrage battle in America is sure to please readers who like their historical fiction fast-paced and action-packed. American Girls fans will fall hard for Violet and her less-than-proper friends.

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About Karen Schwabach

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KAREN SCHWABACH grew up in upstate New York and lived for many years in Alaska, where she taught English as a Second Language in the Yup'ik Inuit village of Chefornak. She now lives in New York where she writes full-time.
Published March 10, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleven-year-old Violet discovers to her outrage that her parents have been hiding letters sent to her by her much older sister, Chloe, who was cast out from the family for insisting that she wanted an education and a career, and for spending an inheritance earmarked for her hope chest on a Model ...

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A Patchwork of Books

For that reason, I believe many avid teen readers prefer a mix - reading stand alone books (getting the start and finish of an issue in one book) in between volumes of their favorite series (comfort of the familiar).

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Gr 3–6—After discovering that her parents have been intercepting letters from her disinherited older sister, 11-year-old Violet abandons her proper upbringing and runs away from home, determined to reconnect with Chloe. She travels by train to New York City but discovers Chloe has joined the Nati...

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