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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590603671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590603676
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6?In 1878 California, Danny and Judd run away from the orphanage and head for the mining town of Bodie, looking for their uncle and hoping he will give them a home. When Uncle Hank turns up and proves to be involved with a Chinese-American woman, 12-year-old Danny buys into the prevalent anti-Chinese sentiment and delays the melding of a new family. While the plot has possibilities, neither the descriptions of the boys' actions nor the occasional dialogue provide much insight into their personalities and the characters don't come to life. The period is well researched, but the historical information sometimes seem tacked on. Children read that "like many of the other men, [Uncle Hank] was gradually growing deaf from the noise and from the beeswax melting into his eardrums," but at a critical point Uncle Hank is quick to hear pounding on his window and never in any scene exhibits hearing loss. Perhaps most unsettling of all, given the unmistakable anti-prejudice message, is the turning point that brings Danny to accept the love offered him. When his brother is critically ill, he goes to his uncle and aunt because "he'd heard how Chinese have healing ways and he'd seen her bottles of herbs." The use of a stereotype at the apex of the plot weakens the theme. All in all, this title is much less compelling than Gregory's The Winter of Red Snow (Scholastic, 1996).?Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 5^-7. Faced with separation by adoption, 12-year-old Danny and his younger brother, Judd, decide to run away from a San Francisco orphanage and search for their uncle, a miner who lives in a gold rush boom town. They arrive in Bodie, California, and board with Captain Billy O'Hara, a hotel owner with a soft spot for orphans. Uncle Hank surfaces almost immediately, but Danny opts to remain with Billy because Hank's girlfriend (later, wife) is of Chinese ancestry. Gregory's strength lies in her picturesque description of the rough-and-tumble life in a California mining town circa 1879. Although Danny and his brother are fictional, many other characters (Captain Billy, Madame Mustache, and Patrick Reddy) and events are historically accurate. Gregory's exploration of racial prejudices of the time and Danny's eventual acceptance of his new aunt are also well handled. A good choice for classes studying California history, this may also be of interest because of the setting--near California's reawakening volcano at Mono Lake. Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Kristiana Gregory grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the ocean. She's always loved to make up stories [ask her family!], telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed and shivering. Her first rejection letter at age ten was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times, and finally author.

Her award-winning books include STALKED, which earned the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS calls it "an atmospheric confection that will thrill YA readers ... Gregory achieves a realistic, rich atmosphere with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s." Now available on Kindle and in paperback.

JENNY OF THE TETONS [Harcourt] won the Golden Kite Award in 1989 and was the first of two-dozen historical novels for middle grade readers. Several of Kristiana's titles are now available on Kindle including "Curiously Odd Stories: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" with the celebrated 'Paper Monument', a futuristic book-banning with horrific consequences.

BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB [Holiday House] is set in a town by the sea and is inspired by the girls' book club Kristiana led for several years.

Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel.

New re-releases in ebooks and paperback on Amazon:
**PRAIRIE RIVER SERIES #1-4
**ORPHAN RUNAWAYS: THE PERILOUS ESCAPE TO BODIE
**CABIN CREEK MYSTERIES #7: THE PHANTOM OF HIDDEN HORSE RANCH
**THE WAITING LIGHT: CLEMENTINE'S STORY -- originally titled "My Darlin' Clementine" [Holiday House] this riveting historical mystery takes place in an Idaho mining camp of 1866, and was Idaho's representative for the 2010 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress.

Kristiana and her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, walk, hike, read, and hang out with friends. She's trying to learn to knit, but isn't yet having much success.

Check out Kristiana's blogs at http://notesfromthesunroom.blogspot.com/ for behind-the-scenes stories about her books, and with photos from her childhood.

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I love readying Kristiana Gregory books.
Bank Of America
I guaranty you that you will never get board but instead you will rapidly finish is to find what happened to are heroes Danny and Judd.
Petrus
Any adult or child will feel like they're living in Bodie in the late 1800s while reading about it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book. It is about two orphan brothers, 12 year old Danny and 6 year old Judd, who search for their uncle in the California gold camps after their parents die in an epidemic. I noticed that the brothers were related to characters in three of the authors other books, ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE, THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, and EARTHQUAKE AT DAWN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bank Of America on March 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It brought tears to my eyes at one point. I love readying Kristiana Gregory books.
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By Petrus on January 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This great book written by Kristiana Gregory is the story of to orphan brother that escape from there orphanage in San Francisco, and try to reach an uncle that lives in a mining camp named Bodie (was created at the time of the gold rush). Captain Billy, Madame Mustache, and Smoky Joe and his friends are here to help Danny and his little brother Judd to adapt to the ruff climate of the mountains until there uncle Hunk accept to be there new father. Danny has one problem, his uncle is friancaded to a woman of Chinese origin. At that time Chinese people were not very well accepted in the United States. After skiing and almost killing himself Danny, Judd and his friends go for a treasure hunt. Will they find it? How? Who was the thief? These questions can be answered if you read the book which I promise you is exiting. The story takes place in a mining camp named Bodie in California. It is the worst mining camp in the hole United States. The story happened in 1879 at the time of the gold rush. A lot of the facts about the story and the characters are true. The book was written in the third person point of view. The conflicts that the hero has to endure are most likely person vs. Nature and person vs. Society. One conflict is that the friance of uncle Hunk is Chinese and that Danny is scared that his friends might make fun of him if his new mom is Chinese. The other conflict is the ruff winters that occurs in Bodie. This book reminds me of how harsh people were in the 1800 hundreds and how lonely an orphan can feel. It will also show you who in those days epidemic were very deadly for everyone. This is a unique book that you will want to read. If I were to rate the book from one throw ten I would give it a ten because its true facts and attractive story. This is a great book to read for young teenagers. I guaranty you that you will never get board but instead you will rapidly finish is to find what happened to are heroes Danny and Judd.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Orphan Runaway is the best book I've ever read. It makes you keep going on to the book in till your to the end of it because you never want to stop.Something new is happening in the book.You definitley want to read this book if you like mysterys and adventures and you definitley like a good book of orphans and runaway people, then you'll love Orphan Runaway by: Kristiana Gregory.You will definitley have a great time with this book I know I did. I've read this book three times and I'd read it again.
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Format: Kindle Edition
i am an avid Bodie fan. I came across this book becase of its setting in Bodie, CA. This book is really easy to read and the chapters are small which makes it an awesome read before bed. The author has a unique plain spokeness in her writing that easily allows the imagination to take over. There were moments where I forgot i was reading a book. Best money I ever spent for a kindle book! The only issue I have about this book is that it is WAY TOO SHORT. It will have its place in my library for sure!
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By Milancie on July 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Readable in one sitting well researched historically based
Calls for a sequel
Will read more of this author and or genre
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