The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas

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It's 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett has been told by her father that soon their family will leave their farm, family, and friends in Illinois, and travel west to a new home in Colorado. It's difficult leaving family and friends behind. They might not see one another ever again. When Emmy's grandmother comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift to keep her occupied on the trip. The journey by wagon train is long and full of hardships. But the Hatchetts persevere and reach their destination in Colorado, ready to start their new life.

About Sandra Dallas

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Sandra Dallas graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism and began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. While a reporter, she began writing nonfiction which include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award. Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published a number of novels including Buster Midnight's Cafe, Alice's Tulips, and Prayers For Sale. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award.
Published October 19, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 216 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett’s father announces that the family will be traveling from their home in Illinois to the frontier town of Golden, Colo., the reaction to the news is as varied as the colors in one of their beloved hand-pieced quilts.

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Adult author Dallas brings her historical fiction skills to a new audience with the story of 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett, as she journeys with her family from their comfortable Illinois farm to the unknown world of the Colorado Territory.

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Historical Novel Society

In 1863, with the Civil War raging, ten-year-old Emmy Blue and her parents start across the plains toward a new life in Golden, Colorado.

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It’s a long, long trip and a long, long way from everything Emmy Blue and her mother know --- especially since it’s 1863 and the only way to travel is by covered wagon pulled by oxen.

Sep 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Quilt Walk

Las Vegas Review Journal

But in the new book "The Quilt Walk," by Sandra Dallas, Emmy Blue's grandma made sure there'd be a special blanket at the end of Emmy's journey.

Sep 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Quilt Walk

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