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Gold Rush Girl



by
Avi

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536206791
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is 1848, and Tory isn’t even allowed to go to school, much less travel all the way from Rhode Island to California. Determined to take control of her own destiny, Tory stows away on the ship. Though San Francisco is frenzied and full of wild and dangerous men, Tory finds freedom and friendship there. Until one day, when Father is in the gold fields, her younger brother, Jacob, is kidnapped. And so Tory is spurred on a treacherous search for him in Rotten Row, a part of San Francisco Bay crowded with hundreds of abandoned ships. Beloved storyteller Avi is at the top of his form as he ushers us back to an extraordinary time of hope and risk, brought to life by a heroine readers will cheer for. Spot-on details and high suspense make this a vivid, absorbing historical adventure.Author’s note. Map.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8.3 x 5.5

Dewey

F

AR

5.1: points 9

Lexile

730L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Historical Fiction

Topics

California Gold Rush (1848–1852). San Francisco, California. Adventure. Kidnapping. Friendship. Brothers and sisters. Books and reading.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Gold rush fever brings 13-year-old Tori, her father, and her younger brother Jacob to 1849 San Francisco. The untamed town is a world away from their staid life in Providence, but headstrong Tori embraces the move. Like her literary heroine Jane Eyre, Tori longs for a life of adventure. After their father leaves for the gold fields, Tori and Jacob fend for themselves in a city where the vulnerable are often exploited. Jacob’s sudden disappearance compels Tori to set aside her dreams of independence and find her brother. Avi once more proves himself a master of historical fiction, effectively using Tori’s search to immerse readers in the city’s sights and sounds. Fully realized supporting characters reflect the mélange of cultures and dreams that brought people to California in search of gold. Tori is more than the “spunky girl ahead of her time” trope; she’s a daughter, a sister, a friend, and an individual who is set on achieving her dreams but not at the expense of others. Avi speaks through Tori to convey appreciation for libraries, literature, and the true value of reading: “It is not to learn about others. It is to learn about oneself.” Tori discovers adventure in the novel’s taut, suspenseful narrative, and self-determination in the final scene, which leaves readers’ spirits as full as the sails on the little boat that carries her toward the future. A first purchase for all middle grade libraries.

Horn Book

At the midpoint of the nineteenth century, thirteen-year-old VIctoria Blasidell endures the stifling existence of a proper young lady. Initially comfortable financially, Tory's family hits rock bottom when her father loses his job and decides to sail to the California gold fields to regain his fortune. Taking a line from her beloved Jane Eyre ("Your will shall decide your destiny"), Tory chooses to accompany Father and younger brother Jacob—as a stowaway, disguised as a boy. At this point, readers will have to suspend disbelief, for after two days at sea, Tory sheds her disguise but somehow? travels undetected (only three other women are on board) for seven months. Upon their arrival in San Francisco (with its shockingly squalid, overcrowded living conditions), Father takes off for the gold fields, leaving Tory in charhe of Jacob's care and responisble for finding work. She maes three friends: Thad, a young man from Maine; Señor Rosales, owner of a nearby restaurant; and Sam, a bugle-player (who is African American) performing in the local saloons. Tory's self-liberation and her relationships with both Señor Rosales and Sam are tinged with twenty-first-century sensibilities but nonetheless underscore her spunk and independence. When a thug (or crimp, in the local vernacular) kidnaps Jacob to force him into maritime service, it's up to Tory, Thad, and Sam to find him. Readers are thrust into a rip-roaring adventure, filled with suspense and danger, and open-ended enough for sequel.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gold rush fever brings 13-year-old Tori, her father, and her younger brother Jacob to 1849 San Francisco. The untamed town is a world away from their staid life in Providence, but headstrong Tori embraces the move. Like her literary heroine Jane Eyre, Tori longs for a life of adventure. After their father leaves for the gold fields, Tori and Jacob fend for themselves in a city where the vulnerable are often exploited. Jacob’s sudden disappearance compels Tori to set aside her dreams of independence and find her brother. Avi once more proves himself a master of historical fiction, effectively using Tori’s search to immerse readers in the city’s sights and sounds. Fully realized supporting characters reflect the mélange of cultures and dreams that brought people to California in search of gold. Tori is more than the “spunky girl ahead of her time” trope; she’s a daughter, a sister, a friend, and an individual who is set on achieving her dreams but not at the expense of others. Avi speaks through Tori to convey appreciation for libraries, literature, and the true value of reading: “It is not to learn about others. It is to learn about oneself.” Tori discovers adventure in the novel’s taut, suspenseful narrative, and self-determination in the final scene, which leaves readers’ spirits as full as the sails on the little boat that carries her toward the future. A first purchase for all middle grade libraries.

Horn Book

At the midpoint of the nineteenth century, thirteen-year-old VIctoria Blasidell endures the stifling existence of a proper young lady. Initially comfortable financially, Tory's family hits rock bottom when her father loses his job and decides to sail to the California gold fields to regain his fortune. Taking a line from her beloved Jane Eyre ("Your will shall decide your destiny"), Tory chooses to accompany Father and younger brother Jacob—as a stowaway, disguised as a boy. At this point, readers will have to suspend disbelief, for after two days at sea, Tory sheds her disguise but somehow? travels undetected (only three other women are on board) for seven months. Upon their arrival in San Francisco (with its shockingly squalid, overcrowded living conditions), Father takes off for the gold fields, leaving Tory in charhe of Jacob's care and responisble for finding work. She maes three friends: Thad, a young man from Maine; Señor Rosales, owner of a nearby restaurant; and Sam, a bugle-player (who is African American) performing in the local saloons. Tory's self-liberation and her relationships with both Señor Rosales and Sam are tinged with twenty-first-century sensibilities but nonetheless underscore her spunk and independence. When a thug (or crimp, in the local vernacular) kidnaps Jacob to force him into maritime service, it's up to Tory, Thad, and Sam to find him. Readers are thrust into a rip-roaring adventure, filled with suspense and danger, and open-ended enough for sequel.

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