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Fleischman, Sid
New York : Greenwillow, 1998
IL 3-6
ISBN 0440415861

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

This book is set in the Old West. Annyrose is the heroine of the book. She is stolen from her evil caretaker by a Mexican bandit named Joaquin Muriets. Joaquin wants Annyrose to teach him how to read. At first, she is afraid but as she gets to know Joaquin, she begins to believe in him. He wants to be like Robin Hood and steal from the rich and give to the poor. Find out how Annyrose helps him in BANDIT'S MOON.

Booktalk #2

Annyrose thought about all the bad luck she'd had since setting out for California.  Mama had caught jungle fever crossing Panama and was buried off the coast of Mexico.  All their money was stolen out of her brother's left coat pocket almost as soon as they got to San Diego.  Then, on the way to Sacramento, she had tripped over her own big feet and broken her ankle.  Her brother had to leave her at the horse ranch of O.O. Mary, the meanest, greediest Yankee this side of the Mexican border.  Worst luck of all, now here she was begging the terrible Wakeen, the bloodiest bandit of all California, to take her with him, away from O.O. Mary, to find her brother. 
Annyrose's luck begins to change when Wakeen agrees to let her ride with his gang, as long as she agrees to teach him to read English in return.  There is only one draw back to her plan.  Wakeen thinks she is a boy. 

Follow Annyrose on her adventures with the outlaw Joaquin Murieta, the Robin Hood of the California gold-mining region of the 1840's in BANDIT'S MOON by Sid Fleischman.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee) 

SUBJECTS:      Murieta, Joaquín, d. 1853 -- Fiction.
               Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
               California -- Gold discoveries -- Fiction.


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