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**Alice Rose & Sam (2 vol.)

by Kathryn Lasky
Young Alice Rose wants nothing to do with the West until she meets the provocative news reporter Samuel Clemens and they join forces to solve a mystery. 237 pages (2 vol.), Ages 9-14

Item Number: 1348
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $19.50
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Reviews for **Alice Rose & Sam (2 vol.)
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5This novel is great fun. Alice Rose - never simply Alice - is a dynamic lead character who treads a narrow path between defying her era's gender roles and wanting nothing more than to go to Boston and be like her refined, petticoated cousins. Sam Clemens plays a supporting part, but does so memorably; his outrageous stories first land him a job on the paper, and then drive him out of town. Through the character of a Chinese immigrant, Lasky shows the reader the virulent racism of the time. Some readers may be put off by the novel's attitudes toward religion. Both Alice Rose and Sam rail against quotation-mark Christians, the sort who wear the name, but do not live by the principles they espouse. However, both, also speak favorably of people they have known who have lived up to the name. An author's note at the end describes the historical elements of the book and explains which are fact-based and which are totally fictional. All in all, an appealing heroine, the irrepressible Sam Clemens, and an exciting plot make this an excellent choice.
2011-08-08

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