By Amy Timberlake
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
I read this one as a recommendation. It’s considered a Newbery award contender. It took me forever to get to it, but better late than never. I’m so glad I read it! I was enthralled. It reminded me a lot of True Grit and it made me wonder if it should be in the Children’s section in our library. It should at least be teen because the main character is 13. She had to grow up quickly and I could even see this being in the adult section (because that’s where True Grit is.)
It was adventurous and mysterious - two of my favorite things. I was so worried that we wouldn’t get a straight answer at the end. I really didn’t want this to be one of those open-ended books where you have to decide yourself what happened. I absolutely needed to know! Boy, did Georgie get herself into some sticky situations but she handled it really well. I was totally rooting for her, especially during the saddest moments. I see her future being bright. I wish there would have been an epilogue talking about how she and the other characters turned out as adults.
I definitely understand the praise this book has been getting. More people need to know about it. Read it and tell your friends!
In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.
But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.