Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday(1/19) :The Year We Were Famous


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine


With their farm in Mica Creek, Washington facing foreclosure, seventeen-year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to find a way to raise a lot of money in a short time--no easy feat for two women in 1896. Helga wants to tackle the problem with her usual loud and flashy style, while Clara, the oldest of the eight Estby children, favors a less showy approach. Though very different in personality, mother and daughter share a determination to save their family's home, so they come up with a plan to walk the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek to New York City--and if they can do it in only eight months, a New York City publisher has agreed to give them $10,000.

They set out with little more than ten dollars, two ponchos, and a gun. Along the way they go through sixteen pairs of shoes each, fend off snakes and highwaymen, and narrowly escape a flash flood. But they also meet the governor of every state they pass through and the wife of presidential-candidate, William Jennings Bryan, as well as shake hands with the new president himself, William McKinley. And with each new challenge they face, Clara and Helga come to rely on and respect one another for the very traits that make them so different.

Based on the true story of the author's great aunt and great-great grandmother, this is a fast-paced historical fiction adventure for 10-14 year-olds that sets the drama of Around the World In 80 Days against an American backdrop during the time of the suffragist movement, the 1896 presidential campaign, and the changing perception of "a woman's place" in society.


I found it in 2010 Author Debut list. From the cover, I can directly guess that The Year We Were Famous is another historical fiction book as you can see on its synopsis. I always enjoy reading that kind of genre especially when I need a break from all the fantasy one.

Author: Carole Estby Dagg
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 4th 2011 by Clarion Books

10 comments:

BLHmistress said...

Now this sounds very intriguing I haven't read a historical fiction in so long and this peeked my interest putting it on my list.


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sapidudunk said...

aleetha, aku pengen tahu nih.. jadi kamu ngerjain review tiap buku gitu, trus baru dapet buku dari penulis atau penerbitnya? How? kok bisa? buku import atau dalem negeri??

Jan von Harz said...

I almost chose this one for my WoW. I love the historical nature of this just not too taken with the cover. Great pick!

Christina T said...

This sounds fantastic! I love historical fiction and the fact that it is based on a true story makes me want to read it more. It is different from the other YA books out there.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/waiting-on-wednesday_19.html

June G said...

Wow. I've never heard of this book. This is a very original choice. Nice. I love your header with the cat! Awesome!

Moonlight Gleam said...

Looks like a great selection! I haven't heard of it it yet, thank you for sharing!

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danya said...

This one sounds pretty different from a lot of other YA/MG reads...interesting that there's a strong focus on the mother/daughter dynamic.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Sounds like an exciting adventure book! Very different from typical YA/MG!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds really good! i haven't heard of it before!

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