In the spring of 1851, San Francisco is booming. 12-year-old Amelia Forrester has just arrived with her family and they are eager to make a new life in Phoenix City. But the mostly male town is not that hospitable to females and Amelia decides she will earn more money as a boy. Cutting her hair and donning a cap, she joins a gang of newsboys, selling Eastern newspapers for a fortune.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Gender nonconformity; single mother; gender roles; girls who dress as boys
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010 Ages (9 to 12)
Distinguished Books, 2009 Fiction
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010 History, Life and Culture in the Americas
Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2009
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2010 - 2011 Grades 5 Up
Sequoyah Book Award, 2011 - 2012 Intermediate
San Francisco; newspaper; gang; sales people; journalism; women's rights; cross-dressing
Ketchum, Liza, "Newsgirl" (2009). Diverse Families. 1471.