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Newbery Medalist Avi brings us mud-caked, tent-filled San Francisco in 1848 with a willful heroine who goes on an unintended - and perilous - adventure to save her brother.

Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is 1848, and Tory isn't even allowed to go to school, much less travel all the way from Rhode Island to California. Determined to take control of her own destiny, Tory stows away on the ship. Though San Francisco is frenzied and full of wild and dangerous men, Tory finds freedom and friendship there. Until one day, when Father is in the gold fields, her younger brother, Jacob, is kidnapped. And so Tory is spurred on a treacherous search for him in Rotten Row, a part of San Francisco Bay crowded with hundreds of abandoned ships. Beloved storyteller Avi is at the top of his form as he ushers us back to an extraordinary time of hope and risk, brought to life by a heroine listeners will cheer for. Spot-on details and high suspense make this a vivid, absorbing historical adventure.

©2020 Avi Wortis Inc., original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"[Sarah] Naughton's voice is enthusiastic, flagging only with Tory's spirits and portraying her disappointment when she discovers how filthy and lawless San Francisco is. But Tory bravely forges ahead, and with a light tone and brisk pace, Naughton keeps listeners engaged as Tory embarks on her adventure in the Wild West." —AudioFile Magazine

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  • 05-09-2020

Entertaining story of the San Francisco gold rush

As ever, Avi does not disappoint! Great Story from the perspective of a young, adventurous girl caught up in the messy life of a thrown together frontier town. I could not stop listening!!!

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