Fifteen-year-old Rachel is furious and lonely when her father moves the family to Boston in 1872 -- especially since she had to sell her beloved horse. But in Boston she finds the Governor's Girl, an injured firehorse, and begins caring for her and thinking about becoming a veterinarian. Then an outbreak of fires causes Rachel to question the ethics of her journalist father, and when the horses who pull the fire engines fall ill, the danger escalates. In a dramatic climax, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 is brought to life with cinematic vividness, and Rachel proves her grit and determination to make something of herself.
"The author conveys the tenor of the times, especially the severe restrictions facing women, the hazards of living in cities, and the difficult and sometimes tragic lives of city horses....The mystery of the fires and the drama surrounding the life-and-death struggle of The Governor's Girl will keep readers hooked until the end." -- Carol Schene, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Author||Diane Lee Wilson|
|Publication Date||Jul 6, 2010|
|Publisher||Margaret K. McElderry Books|