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Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum
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Newsgirl

by Liza Ketchum

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This historical fiction chapter book shows the journey of a young girl in San Francisco during the Gold Rush times. This piece will serve a very good function in the classroom as it will give students a glimpse into the past while giving an entertaining tail.
  KaraDoren | Dec 16, 2013 |
I didn't care for this book, but that being said I think this book could be a great book for kids to see that you don't always have to be the stereotype that is associated with your gender. Its ok to be different. ( )
  Camsterw27 | Dec 2, 2013 |
In a classroom setting, Newsgirl can be used to introduce students to the history of the California Gold Rush as well as open a discussion about gender roles. Given the obstacles faced by Amelia faces because she is girl, Newsgirl demonstrates the historical roles of women, while providing a character to help build insight into gender roles. ( )
  DJSimpson | Nov 30, 2013 |
Genre - Chapter Book
Classification - Historical Fiction
Approximate Age Level - 10 & up
Multicultural Classification - Melting Pot
Personal Reflection - This book was a slow read for me but it was a great portrayal of the Gold Rush time period and women's right. It was definitely well-researched. It was also definitely a nice change to see a female as the heroine. This book could be used to discuss gender stereotypes, family relationships, and character changes. After reaading the novel, students can pretend to be "newsgirls" or "newsboys" and write their own newspapers. ( )
  gthao1 | Oct 13, 2013 |
This book is rich in historical detail and rich in California history. Young girls will find a hero in Amelia. The story addresses sexism, women's rights, and even homosexuality. It is an easy and fast read with a lot of social issues prime for discussion and debate. It appears to paint an accurate picture of what life was like for women and immigrants during the Gold Rush era of California. Fantastic for fourth grade California history, but equally valuable to introduce women's suffrage and even 21st century gay rights issues. ( )
  cjohnen01 | Oct 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670011193, Hardcover)

It's the spring of 1851 and San Francisco is booming. Twelve-year-old Amelia Forrester has just arrived with her family and they are eager to make a new life in Phoenix City. But the mostly male town is not that hospitable to females and Amelia decides she'll earn more money as a boy. Cutting her hair and donning a cap, she joins a gang of newsboys, selling Eastern newspapers for a fortune. And that's just the beginning of her adventures. Participating in the biggest news stories of the day, Amelia is not a girl to let life pass her by - even and especially when it involves danger!

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In the spring of 1851 San Francisco is booming. 12-year-old Amelia Forrester has just arrived with her family and they are eager to make a new life in Phoenix City. But the mostly male town is not that hospitable to females and Amelia decides she will earn more money as a boy. Cutting her hair and donning a cap, she joins a gang of newsboys, selling Eastern newspapers for a fortune.… (more)

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