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Two-time Newbery Honor author turns his formidable talents to this riveting suspense novel about a spirited Irish-American girl who helps save her family from ruin on the Erie Canal in the 1840s.

When Maggie's father loses next year's salary and two of their best mules in a bet with Long-fingered John, the family is left desperate for money. They have only a few days to get the heavy cargo in their mule-drawn barge to Buffalo in order to make a much-needed bonus. But when Papa and Uncle Henry are arrested on an alleged assault charge, 12-year-old Maggie, her younger brother, and their ailing mother must fight all manner of adversity to save their boat, their mules, and their life savings. Jim Murphy is at his best in this colorful and gritty slice of 19th-C. life on the Erie Canal.

About the Author

Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439078061
Author:
Murphy, Jim
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Erie Canal (N.Y.)
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
River boats
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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