Eleven-year-old Elizabeth "Littlebeth" Morgan would rather race the boys, chase skunks, and read about bandits than act like a lady. When she whacks the head off a rattlesnake, her parents decide it's the last straw. They send her to live with her maiden aunt Sally in San Francisco to be tamed and refined.
But the city proves to be anything but tame. Littlebeth wakes one morning to the crashing chaos of a massive earthquake and finds herself surrounded by wreckage. Then a fire breaks out and tears across the city. Now she must depend on her instincts and a few unlikely friends to find her way to safety. But does she have the spirit to survive in a city that's broken and burning? This charming piece of historical fiction slowly builds the tension for readers who are aware of the disaster to come, but all young readers will be captivated by the determined, spunky Beth.
"Aunt Sally tries to make Littlebeth conform to the rigid propriety of the day, but she also stands out as an elegant, independent shop owner. Littlebeth quickly takes to the charming Mr. Steinberg — Sally’s neighbor and would-be suitor — and tries to encourage their frustrated romance, especially when they attend a rehearsal of Carmen at the Grand Opera House. The tone shifts dramatically when the earthquake strikes and Littlebeth becomes separated from her aunt and meets up with tenor Enrico Caruso, as well as a Chinese orphan. Littlebeth’s resilience and strong, memorable voice make this a vivid account of grace under fire." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Apr 3, 2018|
|Publisher||Albert Whitman & Company|