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Marianne Mitchell is an author of books for young readers and readers young at heart. She has worked as an elementary teacher, a writing instructor, and Spanish teacher. She has published ten books and over 300 stories and articles in national children's magazines, such as Highlights for Children and High Five. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her writer husband and two incredible standard poodles.
on June 19, 2012 :
Beginning with the girl on the cover to the last page, Marianne Mitchell creates an intriguing tale that combines history and fiction. Petra, a sixteen-year-old in the late 1800's is faced with tragedy when her mother dies and she is left alone with her unstable, unpredictable and probably unsafe stepfather. She has no choice, but to leave the home she's known in Omaha. With a little help and encouragement from her brother, she sets out to find her cousin in Colorado, not an easy task for a young girl on her own. Adventure follows her and so does her stepfather. Events build until the entire town of Silver Plume erupts into a blaze. Does Petra find her aunt? Does she escape her stepfather? You must read to find out the twists and turns in this thrilling tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 24, 2012 :
Marianne Mitchell has captured the atmosphere of Silver Plume in the 1880's. You can easily picture the events from her vivid descriptions. It is a great historical fiction book describing a single girls struggles and life in a rugged mining town and how she overomes them and finds her family within the town's residents. I found I wanted to keep reading until the story ended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)