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andlt;iandgt;Dear Cousin Sallie, andlt;BRandgt; I begin with words I never thought to write: andlt;BRandgt; I am not an orphan! andlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Thirteen-year-old Eldora has always believed that her mother died when she was very little, and for nine years she has lived with people that she calls Aunt and Uncle. The year is 1850, and all three have exchanged their quiet lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for new ones in San Francisco, the rapidly growing city that is the heart of the California Gold Rush. Shortly after their arrival, they receive a letter from an unknown woman who believes she is Eldora's mother. She is eager to meet her long-lost daughter, and a visit is arranged. As Eldora deals with her conflicting feelings about this news, she must also adjust to the challenges — and dangers — of living in a brash and growing city. She finds herself teaching English to two andlt;iandgt;Mexicanoandlt;/iandgt; children and beginning to learn Spanish, and an unlikely friendship with a boy named Luke introduces her to the hard, sometimes humorous, and often violent world of the mining camps. Every day seems to bring something different and new to consider. But can Eldora discover where — and to whom — she belongs? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Told in letters that ring with the voice of the times, andlt;iandgt;Letters from the Corrugated Castleandlt;/iandgt; is an intriguing adventure set in a fascinating time in California's history — a worthy conclusion to the geographical trilogy begun with andlt;iandgt;A Gathering of Days,andlt;/iandgt; winner of the Newbery Medal, and andlt;iandgt;Brothers of the Heart.andlt;/iandgt;

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Dear Cousin Sallie,

I begin with words I never thought to write:

I am not an orphan!

Thirteen-year-old Eldora has always believed that her mother died when she was very little, and for nine years she has lived with people that she calls Aunt and Uncle. The year is 1850, and all three have exchanged their quiet lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for new ones in San Francisco, the rapidly growing city that is the heart of the California Gold Rush. Shortly after their arrival, they receive a letter from an unknown woman who believes she is Eldora's mother. She is eager to meet her long-lost daughter, and a visit is arranged. As Eldora deals with her conflicting feelings about this news, she must also adjust to the challenges — and dangers — of living in a brash and growing city. She finds herself teaching English to two Mexicano children and beginning to learn Spanish, and an unlikely friendship with a boy named Luke introduces her to the hard, sometimes humorous, and often violent world of the mining camps. Every day seems to bring something different and new to consider. But can Eldora discover where — and to whom — she belongs?

Told in letters that ring with the voice of the times, Letters from the Corrugated Castle is an intriguing adventure set in a fascinating time in California's history — a worthy conclusion to the geographical trilogy begun with A Gathering of Days, winner of the Newbery Medal, and Brothers of the Heart.

About the Author

Joan W. Blos is the author of A Gathering of Days, winner of the 1980 Newbery Medal, the American Book Award, and other honors. She wrote, and later dramatized, Brothers of the Heart, also a work of historical fiction. Her other books include Brooklyn Doesn't Rhyme, Martin's Hats, Old Henry (an award-winning picture book), The Heroine of the Titanic (also an award-winning story), and Hello, Shoes! She has been an editor, a lecturer, and a teacher of children's literature. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689870781
Author:
Blos, Joan W.
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.12 in 7.385 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , Dear Cousin Sallie,

I begin with words I never thought to write:

I am not an orphan!

Thirteen-year-old Eldora has always believed that her mother died when she was very little, and for nine years she has lived with people that she calls Aunt and Uncle. The year is 1850, and all three have exchanged their quiet lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for new ones in San Francisco, the rapidly growing city that is the heart of the California Gold Rush. Shortly after their arrival, they receive a letter from an unknown woman who believes she is Eldora's mother. She is eager to meet her long-lost daughter, and a visit is arranged. As Eldora deals with her conflicting feelings about this news, she must also adjust to the challenges — and dangers — of living in a brash and growing city. She finds herself teaching English to two Mexicano children and beginning to learn Spanish, and an unlikely friendship with a boy named Luke introduces her to the hard, sometimes humorous, and often violent world of the mining camps. Every day seems to bring something different and new to consider. But can Eldora discover where — and to whom — she belongs?

Told in letters that ring with the voice of the times, Letters from the Corrugated Castle is an intriguing adventure set in a fascinating time in California's history — a worthy conclusion to the geographical trilogy begun with A Gathering of Days, winner of the Newbery Medal, and Brothers of the Heart.

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