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Dahlberg, Maurine F.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 6.3
ISBN 0374316775
Life in 1859 was a bit different than what we are used to.  Eleven year old Gilly Bucket is about to find out that life back East is very different from what she is used to.  Her pa has gone off to try to find gold in the Rockies leaving Gilly with old Grandma Pea.  When Grandma Pea up and died, Gilly was taken in by neighbors who arranged for her to go back East to her ma's family.  Ma's sister Laura is very different from what Gilly remembered of her own mother. Aunt Laura seemed so prim and proper and never seemed to have any fun.  Gilly was expected to act like a proper young lady and mind her manners.  She was used to being outspoken, especially if she felt strongly about something.  And she does feel strongly about slavery.  She was opposed to it but her Uncle Henry kept slaves.  How can Gilly ever be  content to live like this?  Will she be able to find her pa again?
SUBJECTS:     Slavery -- Fiction.
                        Underground railroad -- Fiction.
                        Aunts -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Fiction.


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