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Ayres, Katherine.
New York : Dell Yearling, 2000.
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0440417058
Vallie’s father went out West more than a year ago to look for silver.  Vallie has been living with her Aunt and Uncle and their son Harold.  Harold has taken money from Vallie, torn up her china doll, and now he’s cut off one of her braids.  Vallie has had enough!  She cuts off her other braid, packs up her belongings, gets dressed in some of Harold’s clothes, and goes to the train station and buys a ticket.  Dressed as a boy Vallie begins an exciting, cross-country trip.  Will Vallie’s mistakes end her trip early?  Will the Pinkerton Detectives that are looking for her be successful?  Can she make it all the way to Aspen and find her father?  Read Silver Dollar Girl by Katherine Ayres to find out what happens to Vallie.  (Beth Lindsay, Senior Librarian, Youth Services, South County Regional Library Sunshine State list 2003-2004 Grades 3-5 and 6-8)
SUBJECTS:     Runaways -- Fiction.
                        Sex role -- Fiction.
                        Gold mines and mining -- Fiction.
                        Frontier and pioneer life -- Colorado -- Fiction.
                        Colorado -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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