In his celebrated novels A Year Down Yonder and A
Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck carried us happily back to the Midwest
of the 1930’s. Now he’s ready to transport us all the way back to 1893, to the
Chicago World’s Fair and its breathtaking mix of personalities and glimpses of
the future. Here is a tour de force that combines the real people of the time
with an enormously engaging new fictional family, spinning them all into a
whirlwind of humor, misadventure, and charms beyond measure.
On the brink of adulthood (not to mention a whole new
century), Rosie makes her first trip to the big city, along with her wide-eyed
siblings and their rascally old granddad. There, amidst the wonders of the
fair, Rosie discovers the world and herself, while also coming face-to-face
with some of the era's most famous people—including showgirl Lillian Russell
and Colonel William F. Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill).
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