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Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1852
Contributor(s): Blos, Joan W. (Author)

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ISBN: 0689870779     ISBN-13: 9780689870774
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2007
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Annotation: A Newbery Medalist ("A Gathering of Days") turns her talents to a tale about the Gold Rush in this novel of a young girl who moves with her aunt and uncle from New England to start a new life in the young city of San Francisco. Illustrated with period photos.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 19th Century
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2007002673
Age Level: 10-14
Grade Level: 5-9
Lexile Measure: 1000(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.95" H x 6.21" W x 8.31" L (1.03 lbs) 320 pages
- Cultural Region - Western U.S.
- Geographic Orientation - California
- Chronological Period - 1851-1899
- Locality - San Francisco, California
- Chronological Period - 19th Century
- Cultural Region - Northern California
- Cultural Region - West Coast
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
Features: Dust Cover, Glossary, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 04/15/2007 pg. 386
Booklist 04/15/2007 pg. 52
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2007 pg. 278
Publishers Weekly 05/28/2007 pg. 63
Kliatt 05/01/2007 pg. 6
School Library Journal 06/01/2007 pg. 140
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 07/01/2007 pg. 452
Voice of Youth Advocates 08/01/2007 pg. 235 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 116158
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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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