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Newsgirl

Title

Newsgirl

Authors

Liza Ketchum

Publisher

Viking

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780670011193

Pages

327 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

640L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Gender nonconformity; single mother; gender roles; girls who dress as boys

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

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

Keywords

San Francisco; newspaper; gang; sales people; journalism; women's rights; cross-dressing

Diversity Impact

direct

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