The Hope Chest

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Random House Children's Books, Jan 22, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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Violet’s older sister Chloe didn’t get married. She bought a car instead. And then she drove that car to New York City and never came home again. Violet’s parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Person, but Violet knew better. Now she’s determined to find her sister, and she’ll go all the way to New York City to do it. The only problem is that Chloe’s not in New York anymore. So Violet must journey even further to Tennessee, where Chloe is fighting for the vote for women. Nashville is a hotbed of political intrigue. Suffs and Antis are doing anything and everything to sway legislators to their side: bribing them, pleading with them, and even kidnapping them. Violet is hanging out with suffragists, socialists, and colored people. But if she’s becoming the Wrong Sort of Person, why does it feel just right?

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Eleven-year-old Violet discovers to her outrage that her parents have been hiding letters sent to her by her much older sister, Chloe, who was cast out from the family for insisting that she wanted an ... Read full review

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The Hope Chest is a story about Violet's journey to find her sister, who instead of getting married, purchased a car and traveled to New York. Although Violet was told by her family that her sister ... Read full review

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Karen Schwabach has been voting since 1984. She lived in Alaska for many years, but did not find it necessary to change her name. A Pickpocket’s Tale was her fiction debut, and The Hope Chest is her second novel. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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