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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple

Karen Cushman

In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple’s mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California. Moving is the last thing the outspoken twelve-year-old, Lucy, wants to do. Reaching California, the Whipples set up a crude boardinghouse, and Lucy is put to work washing, cleaning, and baking pies in the rough mining town of Lucky Diggins. There are no books, no school—nothing but dust and drunken miners. With each day, the homesick Lucy is more and more determined to take life into her own hands and return to New England. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is her firsthand account of her struggles in a rough and tumble land. Newbery Award-winning author Karen Cushman paints a vivid picture of life in the gold fields. Dispelling the idea that only men went there to seek their fortune, Cushman focuses on the women and families who created homes and towns from a harsh landscape. Karen Cushman’s other books include Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife’s Apprentice.

In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple’s mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California. Moving is the last thing the outspoken twelve-year-old, Lucy, wants to do. Reaching California, the Whipples set up a crude boardinghouse, and Lucy is put to work washing, cleaning, and baking pies in the rough mining town of Lucky Diggins. There are no books, no school—nothing but dust and drunken miners. With each day, the homesick Lucy is more and more determined to take life into her own hands and return to New England. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is her firsthand account of her struggles in a rough and tumble land. Newbery Award-winning author Karen Cushman paints a vivid picture of life in the gold fields. Dispelling the idea that only men went there to seek their fortune, Cushman focuses on the women and families who created homes and towns from a harsh landscape. Karen Cushman’s other books include Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife’s Apprentice.
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Description:

In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple’s mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California. Moving is the last thing the outspoken twelve-year-old, Lucy, wants to do. Reaching California, the Whipples set up a crude boardinghouse, and Lucy is put to work washing, cleaning, and baking pies in the rough mining town of Lucky Diggins. There are no books, no school—nothing but dust and drunken miners. With each day, the homesick Lucy is more and more determined to take life into her own hands and return to New England. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is her firsthand account of her struggles in a rough and tumble land. Newbery Award-winning author Karen Cushman paints a vivid picture of life in the gold fields. Dispelling the idea that only men went there to seek their fortune, Cushman focuses on the women and families who created homes and towns from a harsh landscape. Karen Cushman’s other books include Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife’s Apprentice.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christina Moore

Length:

4h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:35