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Taylor, Theodore
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 1994.
ISBN 0380725024
Susan Carlisle is brave. At 14, she amputated an arm. She sewed up hatchet cuts, she challenged a cheapskate saloon keeper for extra time to repay her father's debts and proceeded to trek across the US with mangy dogs and well-worn mountain men though there was one star -- a 23 year old cowboy whom she decided at the outset would be good marrying potential. This story is amazing in how much can happen going from avenging rustlers to natural foes of quicksand, desert and poison waters. The surprise is the trek home by boat from San Francisco to Central America, then across the isthmus and up the Mississippi back to home base. The adventure packed into this one book is great.
SUBJECTS:     Voyages and travels  -- Fiction
                        Overland journeys to the Pacific  -- Fiction
                        Orphans  -- Fiction
                        United States -- Social life and customs -- 1783-1865  -- Fiction


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