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Forgiven



by
Janet Fox

Edition
-
Publisher
Putnam’s
Imprint
Speak
ISBN
9780142414149
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
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1905: When Kula’s dad is framed for murder, he sends her to San Francisco to find the evidence that exonerates him. But the real murderer is hot on her trail.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 10

Lexile

HL710L

Scholastic Reading Counts

17

JLG Release

Jun 2011

Topics

San Francisco, California. The Great 1906 Earthquake. Chinatown (San Francisco). Child slavery. Yellowstone National Park.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Raised in Yellowstone by an outlaw father, Kula is an endearingly spunky girl who confronts the societal conventions of the early twentieth century.
  • Janet Fox’s lyrical writing and thorough research bring San Francisco to life. Kula bears witness to the grandeur and excesses of Nob Hill, the terrifying child slavery dens of Chinatown, and the Great 1906 Earthquake.
  • The impending execution of Kula’s father ratchets up the tension as Kula attempts to find—and unravel the mystery of—the box he said would free him. Meanwhile, the real murderer, a menacing vigilante, does his best to thwart her.
  • A who-will-she-choose love triangle adds romantic spark.

School Library Journal

In this companion novel to Faithful (Penguin, 2010), Kula Baker is a strong-willed yet naive young woman, determined to save her father from hanging for a murder he didn’t commit. Nat Baker sends his daughter to San Francisco to find a box that contains the only thing that will set him free. With little money and even less information on where to start searching, Kula turns up on the doorstep of Phillipa Everts, an aging spinster who somehow holds the key to her success. However, she has her own agenda, and has no qualms about using Kula to achieve it. She thrusts her into society, with the promise that, “It will all come out right.” Kula soon finds herself torn between two men; handsome and rich Will, who can raise her above her station if he marries her, and David Wong, with whom she falls in love. With juggling the two, searching for the box, trying to avoid the evil Wilkie, and discovering the underworld dealings of child enslavement, there’s an awful lot going on in this novel. However, Fox manages to weave the many strings of the plot together nicely, with everything reaching a climax during the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake that leveled the city. Kula’s story comes to a heartbreaking, bittersweet conclusion that will leave readers satisfied.—Wendy Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Raised in Yellowstone by an outlaw father, Kula is an endearingly spunky girl who confronts the societal conventions of the early twentieth century.
  • Janet Fox’s lyrical writing and thorough research bring San Francisco to life. Kula bears witness to the grandeur and excesses of Nob Hill, the terrifying child slavery dens of Chinatown, and the Great 1906 Earthquake.
  • The impending execution of Kula’s father ratchets up the tension as Kula attempts to find—and unravel the mystery of—the box he said would free him. Meanwhile, the real murderer, a menacing vigilante, does his best to thwart her.
  • A who-will-she-choose love triangle adds romantic spark.

School Library Journal

In this companion novel to Faithful (Penguin, 2010), Kula Baker is a strong-willed yet naive young woman, determined to save her father from hanging for a murder he didn’t commit. Nat Baker sends his daughter to San Francisco to find a box that contains the only thing that will set him free. With little money and even less information on where to start searching, Kula turns up on the doorstep of Phillipa Everts, an aging spinster who somehow holds the key to her success. However, she has her own agenda, and has no qualms about using Kula to achieve it. She thrusts her into society, with the promise that, “It will all come out right.” Kula soon finds herself torn between two men; handsome and rich Will, who can raise her above her station if he marries her, and David Wong, with whom she falls in love. With juggling the two, searching for the box, trying to avoid the evil Wilkie, and discovering the underworld dealings of child enslavement, there’s an awful lot going on in this novel. However, Fox manages to weave the many strings of the plot together nicely, with everything reaching a climax during the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake that leveled the city. Kula’s story comes to a heartbreaking, bittersweet conclusion that will leave readers satisfied.—Wendy Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY

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