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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
New York : Delacorte, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 5.4
ISBN 0385736169
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When 8-year-old Emily Wiggins suddenly became an orphan, she and her pet turtle, Rufus, wondered where they could go. Her kindly neighbors, the Misses Ready, Aim and Fire, arranged for her to take the stage to Redbud to live with an aunt-by-marriage. Emily remembered Aunt Hilda as having a kind face and arms that hugged her tight. 
However, Miss Catchum, rounder-up of orphans, strays and roustabouts, had other ideas. She got a big bonus for every child she placed with their closest blood relative: in this, case, Emily’s cold-hearted Uncle Victor. He had the eyes of a weasel, the growl of a bear, and a gold tooth that gleamed when he smiled, generally at the sight of someone else’s money.
How the ding dong dickens will Emily and Rufus escape the clutches of Miss Cathcum and Uncle Victor and arrive safely in Redbud, with her fortune intact?  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2011-2012)
SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
                        Inheritance and succession -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.
                        West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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