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Life in a 1905 Nevada mining town is not easy for any thirteen-year-old. For Kit Donovan, it seems downright impossible. When her mother dies of a fever, Kit is certain she is to blame. Guilt-ridden, she is determined to honor her promises to her mother—namely to be a “proper lady.” Only being a lady is tougher than it looks. When Kit discovers that Papa’s boss at the gold mine (the menacing and self-serving Mr. Granger) is profiting from unsafe working conditions in the mine, she convinces her dad to speak out. But sometimes doing the right thing leads to trouble. Now Kit must find a way to expose Granger’s misdeeds before it’s too late. Aided by an eccentric woman, a Shoshone boy, and a drunken newspaperman, Kit puts her big mouth and all the life skills she’s learned from reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to work. With a man’s hat and a printing press, Kit defies threats of violence and discovers that justice doesn’t always look like she imagined it would.
About the Author
Patricia Bailey has a BA in English and an MA in Education. She lives in Southern Oregon, where she’s taught literature and writing to teens and adults. A recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and a Fishtrap Fellowship, Patricia writes novels for young people.
"The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan is a rip-roaring tale of love, friendship, and betrayal set in the gold mines of Nevada. The bad-tempered, outrageous, courageous, and determined Kit will steal your heart. This is a romping good read!" —Karen Cushman, author, Catherine, Called Birdy
"Women Writing the West (WWW) announces the 2018 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2017 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West." —http://www.womenwritingthewest.org/willaCurrentFinalists.html