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The ballad of Lucy Whipple / by Karen Cushman.

Cushman, Karen. (Author).


Lucy Whipple doesn't want to be in Lucky Diggins, California. Mama has dragged the family here all the way from New England, and it's nothing but a cluster of tattered tents by the side of a river. "You said we'd find our fortunes, but I don't see any gold<" Lucy tells Mama. "Only rocks and holes and lizards." There's no school, no lending library, no one to talk to but rough and boisterous miners. Everything Lucy cares about has been left behind, and she plans to be miserable until she can go back to Massachusetts. The colorful, rough-and-tumble life of a California mining settlement provides a lively backdrop for a vivid first-person narrative in which the remarkable history of the California gold rush is interwined with the funny, poignant story of how Lucy Whipple finds her way home.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0395728061 :
  • Physical Description: 195 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, [1996]

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
7-9 Baker & Taylor
1030L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Reading Counts RC 1030 5.5 11.0 Q00877
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 7 14989.
Subject: Frontier and pioneer life > California > Juvenile fiction.
Families > California > Juvenile fiction.
Mark Twain Award nominee, 1998-1999 > Juvenile literature.
California > Gold discoveries > Juvenile fiction.

Available copies

  • 16 of 16 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Reynolds County Library District.


  • 0 current holds with 16 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Reynolds County Library - Oates Library J CUS (Text) 3247100358548 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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