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Gold-Rush Phoebe Paperback – August 28, 1998

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Grade 5-8-The fourth book in the series finds 15-year-old Phoebe Brown disguised as a boy and seeking riches in the California goldfields. She and 18-year-old Robbie Robson leave Oregon, stow away on a boat, and eventually arrive in San Francisco. They befriend an eccentric Shakespeare-quoting miner who takes them to his claim where they help him search for gold. After fighting bandits and waiting out the autumn rains, the two friends return to San Francisco where they open Mother Phoebe's, a humble dining hall that quickly grows into a thriving, fine restaurant. Robbie proposes to Phoebe on her 16th birthday, the day she reveals her true identity to their friends and clientele. Before she can answer him, she realizes that she needs to see her family again and boards a ship bound for Oregon. Karr combines action, adventure, romance, humor, and a dash of tension in a novel that also explores identity. Readers witness Phoebe's self-discovery and acceptance of her femininity. Fans of the series will welcome this addition. Introduce them to Pam Mu?oz Ryan's Riding Freedom (Scholastic, 1998) and Karen Cushman's The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Clarion, 1996) for additional books about dynamic young women of the American West.
Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Gold-Rush Phoebe (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064404986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064404983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,920,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathleen Karr is the author of many highly acclaimed works of historical fiction, including Fortune's Fool and Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel. Her book The Great Turkey Walk was named a Best Book of the Year by both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. The Boxer was an ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the Golden Kite Award for Fiction, and The 7th Knot received an Agatha Award for Best Mystery. Other titles have been selected for ALA bibliographies and named ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Books. She is the parent of two grown children and lives in Washington, D.C.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Gold-Rush Phoebe was a humerous book about pioneers and the gold rush. It is about a pioneer girl who dresses as a boy so she can search for gold in California and have adventures. She and her friend end up running a restaurant, and become rich. I reccomend this book and the rest of the Petticoat Party series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
These 4 books are darling - so much fun, for 3rd graders and up. Same courageous strength as the Laura Ingalls books, but easy flowing, learning without getting bogged down. Lots of enjoyment!
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