Charlotte Parkhurst is living in an orphanage until the day her best friend is adopted, and she finds herself alone. She decides to run away and heads into town pretending to be a boy. She finds work in the local stable and eventually learns to drive the stage, still masquerading as a boy. Eventually her calling leads her out west to the land of her best friend and of the Gold Rush. What kind of courage would it take to live this life? What sort of adventures does she have along the way? A powerful story of a young woman who relies on herself and makes a successful life. Who was the first woman to vote in America?
144 pages 978-0439087964 Ages 8-11
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
******* In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she'd dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn't until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.--from the publisher