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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

During the California gold rush, Lucy and her family move to a mining town. Lucy, a spunky young girl, is very unhappy with the dirt and lack of civilization she finds Out West. She works desperately to earn money to go back and live with her grandparents. In the midst of her efforts, she makes friends and begins to see some positive sides to her new home.

Filled with wonderful characters and narrated by an unforgettable heroine, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is an excellent view of the California gold rush and the mining experience. "

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