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I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West (Historical Fiction for Young Readers) (Paperback)

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Lavina Cumming has spent her entire first ten years of life on the Bosque Ranch in Arizona Territory, but when her mother dies, she must go live with her aunt in Santa Cruz, California.

Armed with the Cumming family motto, "Courage," Lavina starts off at dawn on September 16, 1905, leaving behind everything that is familiar. She arrives in a world of two-story houses, automobiles, a new school, and her cousin, "awful Aggie." Trying her best to settle in, Lavina is as shocked as everyone else by the great earthquake that nearly demolishes the nearby city of San Francisco. In the aftermath of the quake, she must make a big decision about her future.

Based on the true story of the author's grandmother, I Am Lavina Cumming offers a compelling look at life in early twentieth-century California and a girl struggling to find her place there.

About the Author

Susan Lowell's family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including The Three Little Javelinas, a Reading Rainbow Book, The Bookmaker and the Elves, winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella, also winner of a Spur Award. Her novels for older children are I Am Lavina Cumming and The Boy with the Paper Wings. She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Tuscon, AZ

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571316554
ISBN-10: 1571316558
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: April 20th, 2005
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Historical Fiction for Young Readers
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