The Year We Were Famous (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 4, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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With their family home facing foreclosure, seventeen-year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to raise a lot of money fast—no easy feat for two women in 1896. Helga wants to tackle the problem with her usual loud and flashy style, while Clara favors a less showy approach. Together they come up with a plan to walk the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek, Washington, to New York City—and if they can do it in only seven months, a publisher has agreed to give them $10,000. Based on the true story of the author’s great-aunt and great-grandmother, this is a fast-paced historical adventure that sets the drama of Around the World in Eighty Days against an American backdrop during the time of the suffragist movement, the 1896 presidential campaign, and the changing perception of “a woman’s place” in society.

  

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User Review  - LuMint - LibraryThing

In 1896, Helga Estby and her daughter, Clara, walked from Spokane to New York City to save their farm. If they reached New York within seven months, they would receive ten thousand dollars. The Year ... Read full review

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User Review  - dd196406 - LibraryThing

Very interesting book -- a fictionalized account of a real feat by the author's ancestor. The descriptions of the main characters' experiences as they walk across the United States are authentic and colorful. Interesting and a quick historical read. Read full review

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Contents

Authors Note
243
Acknowledgments
249
Back Flap
251
Back Cover
252
Spine
253
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Carole Estby Dagg has two children, two grandchildren, a husband, and a bossy cat. She splits her writing time between her study in Everett, Washington and a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.

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