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  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J AVI (Text) 33500013232202 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library J AVI (Text) 33500013232194 New Available -
Roseau Public Library j AVI (Text) 35500006275885 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library j AVI (Text) 35500006275877 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1536206792
  • ISBN: 9781536206791
  • Physical Description: 306 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2020

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes map of Rotten Row.
Summary, etc.:
"Victoria (Tory) Blaisdell longs to live a life as adventurous and independent as that of her heroine, Jan eEyre. When Tory's father loses his job and decides to seek a share of the newly discovered gold in California, Tory stows away on the westbound ship carrying her father and younger brother, Jacob. Though San Francisco is mud-caked, frenzied, and full of wild and dangerous men, Tory quickly finds friends and independence until her father leaves for the gold fields and the care of Jacob falls to her. Then Jacob vanishes, kidnapped, perhaps hidden among the hundreds of ships - called Rotten Row - that have been abandoned in the bay. If he is there, Tory must find him in a treacherous search. Tory comes close to losing everything in her quest for her own and her brother's freedom."-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    *Starred Review* Life for the Blaisdell family in 1840s Providence, Rhode Island, is nice and normal, but this state of affairs chafes at 13-year-old Victoria (Tory), who yearns for adventure. She's frustrated by the lack of opportunities in Providence, including not being allowed to attend school. Tory snatches education where she can, learning to read from her mother and having her younger brother, Jacob, share his lessons with her. The family's stability abruptly ends when her father loses his accounting job and her mother becomes ill. Father chooses to take Jacob with him to San Francisco to join the California gold rush, but Tory's determined not to be left behind. With her mother's permission, Tory secretly stows away on board the ship. The three face life as they've never known it, one marked by mud, tents, and lawlessness. When Father heads to the gold fields, leaving Tory and Jacob alone in San Francisco, Tory resents being in charge of Jacob. But when her brother goes missing, she launches a frantic search to find him. With his characteristically suspenseful style, Avi crafts a rousing historical adventure helmed by a spirited protagonist whom readers will love. Tory's first-person narration further connects readers to the gold rush–era story, which concludes with room for future exploits. One of Avi's best. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    *Starred Review* Life for the Blaisdell family in 1840s Providence, Rhode Island, is nice and normal, but this state of affairs chafes at 13-year-old Victoria (Tory), who yearns for adventure. She's frustrated by the lack of opportunities in Providence, including not being allowed to attend school. Tory snatches education where she can, learning to read from her mother and having her younger brother, Jacob, share his lessons with her. The family's stability abruptly ends when her father loses his accounting job and her mother becomes ill. Father chooses to take Jacob with him to San Francisco to join the California gold rush, but Tory's determined not to be left behind. With her mother's permission, Tory secretly stows away on board the ship. The three face life as they've never known it, one marked by mud, tents, and lawlessness. When Father heads to the gold fields, leaving Tory and Jacob alone in San Francisco, Tory resents being in charge of Jacob. But when her brother goes missing, she launches a frantic search to find him. With his characteristically suspenseful style, Avi crafts a rousing historical adventure helmed by a spirited protagonist whom readers will love. Tory's first-person narration further connects readers to the gold rush–era story, which concludes with room for future exploits. One of Avi's best. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Avi is one of the most celebrated authors writing for children today, having received two Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, a Scott O&;Dell Award for Historical Fiction, a Christopher Award, a Newbery Medal, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Colorado.

Subject: California > Gold discoveries > Juvenile fiction.
California > History > 1846-1850 > Juvenile fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > California > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Kidnapping > Juvenile fiction.
Adventure stories.

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