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Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman

Bandit's Moon (1998)

by Sid Fleischman

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This book by the funny Sid Fleishman is an action-packed adventure story, but also teaches readers a lot of California history. The heroine of this tale is the newly orphaned Annyrose. The girl's father died in the Mexican-American War and her mother died of a fever when she, Annyrose, and Annyrose's brother, Lank, were on their way to California. Misfortune drops Annyrose into the clutches of the awful O.O. Mary, who steals all of Annyrose's clothes, dresses her like a boy, and locks her in the harness shed. Annyrose's rescuer is none other than the bandit Joaquin Murieta (a true figure from the Gold Rush era). Annyrose ends up riding with Murieta's band to the gold diggins', all the while searching for her brother. Both Annyrose and the reader must debate many a moral issue on the journey: Is Murieta really a villain or is he another "Robin Hood" as many claim him to be? Were the Mexicans who were living in California wronged by the "Gringos" when California became part of the United States? Is stealing for a cause wrong? Fleishman added an author's note at the end of the book where he debates some of these issues. There are several black and white drawings by Jos. A. Smith that add visual interest to the story. ( )
  odonnell | Jul 13, 2010 |
A short, lighthearted book that is just simply a lot of fun to read! The characters, especially O.O. Mary and Joaquin the Bandit, are hilarious and endearing. A funny, action-packed page turner that will especially appeal to middle school readers looking for fun, enjoyable adventures.
I loved this book when I was a kid, it was one of my favorites. ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
This junior historical fiction book takes place in California in the mid-1800's. It's filled with adventure and excitement. The reading level is low enough to make enjoyable even for younger children, although with enough action and historical content to make it fun for all ages. It makes a great read-aloud too! ( )
  melopher | May 12, 2009 |
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Annyrose is freed from her imprisonment by an old hag and then meetus up with legendary bandit Joaquin in gold-rush era California.
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After a narrow escape from the nasty O. O. Mary's clutches, Annyrose ventures forth to find her long-lost brother Lank in gold-digging territory. But the journey is rough, bandits and fiends waiting for the traveler at every bend. Soon Annyrose runs into Joaquin Marieta, legendary bandit of the Gold Rush.

This complete disaster, however, soon appears to be no less than a blessing for both! They can help each other out: Annyrose can teach Joaquin how to read so he will know where danger lies, and in turn he can make sure she's safe and fed. But in a time when corruption and greed are running wild, will their friendship be more than fool's gold?

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Twelve-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaqu‚in Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s.

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