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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,078 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple's mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California.

Moving is the last thing the outspoken 12-year-old, Lucy, wants to do. Reaching California, the Whipples set up a crude boardinghouse, and Lucy is put to work washing, cleaning, and baking pies in the rough mining town of Lucky Diggins. There are no books, no school - nothing but dust and drunken miners. With each day, the homesick Lucy is more and more determined to take life into her own hands and return to New England.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is her firsthand account of her struggles in a rough and tumble land. Newbery Award-winning author Karen Cushman paints a vivid picture of life in the gold fields. Dispelling the idea that only men went there to seek their fortune, Cushman focuses on the women and families who created homes and towns from a harsh landscape. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy prastanto | 2/2/2014

    " Traditional American during "gold fever". Dag diggety! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2014

    " I'd give this 3 1/2 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 12/31/2013

    " Though I missed her usual medieval setting, I still found Ms. Cushman's characters enjoyable and easy to relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica H | 12/21/2013

    " This book was okay. I don't really like historical fiction books very much and don't read a lot of them. I gave it three stars because it wasn't the best but was pretty good. The girl Lucy is from Massachusetts. They move to California and she misses Massachusetts so much. Lucy doesn't get why they even moved. This book would be good for any one who likes historical fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/12/2013

    " This book was okay, I didn't really like the main character or any of the characters really. The main character was always complaining about something and it seemed like she never had anything good to say. There was a lot of death in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willa Grant | 10/25/2013

    " This story (like others the author has given us) has a moral & that moral is; live the life you have been given to the best of your ability. Many of us, not just children, fight against the circumstance we are living in & Karen Cushman's characters are like that too. Then they discover, "grace" I guess you could call it, to live fully in their particular place & time. That is what I like best about her stories. This story is set in California during the gold rush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna W | 9/28/2013

    " I thought it was a great story of a young girl growing up in old times, and it was hard even getting food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/13/2013

    " Good colorful tail of the gold rush, with a nice little moral at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/21/2013

    " This is a great story, although I didn't agree with where the ending took the main character. But I understand why it ended like that and what kind of character development it shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 7/17/2013

    " In 1849, a 12-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town, where Lucy helps run a rough boarding house and looks for comfort in books whle trying to find a way to get "home". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Relyn | 7/13/2013

    " We started this as a family read aloud but ended up abandoning it. Sloane was pretty bored by it. So was I upon rereading, though I liked it the first time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/31/2013

    " Yet another good frontier story, this time about the California Gold Rush. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in CA in the 1850s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the look into Gold Rush history, and there are some funny stories and characters. I have a hard time loving books in which characters whine about having to move, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 12/13/2012

    " Love to read about the settling of the west. What hardships they endured. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cammie | 11/26/2012

    " It was one of the first books that I had ever read in 6th grade. I loved the book because it depicted a girl who lived through the Gold Rush and a young girl who took advantage and began teaching herself. I love how she was able to be an attorney after reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catharine | 10/9/2012

    " This was a good upper elementary read with historical background being set during the California Gold rush. It has a lending library connection and develops the idea of what makes a place ones home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattyb | 10/7/2012

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. the characters are unforgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/3/2012

    " Another good book by Newbery medalist Karen Cushman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris Robinson | 8/22/2012

    " I remember reading this in the 7th grade, and I think I sort of liked it. Nothing great though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollijo | 8/13/2012

    " Another historical fiction book that is just lovely. The book has bittersweet moments (I actually cried), but also depicts real, funny characters living life in the west during the gold rush. Meant for younger readers, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 3/6/2012

    " Good but very poinent and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 2/22/2012

    " Fantastic. I love the humor, the history, and the touching look at frontier life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/17/2011

    " This book is really great! I love the whole gold rush thing! I loved this book so much, so I was thrilled when I saw there was a movie to it! Anyways, it was really funny, but also REALLY sad!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/29/2011

    " A historical fiction book that is very well written. I cried many times, throughout. I think little girls grades 3-5 would adore this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ronna | 9/28/2011

    " All of Cushman's characters begin grumpy and difficult to deal with, and emerge into another character all together. I found this book boring and the story line unappealing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 7/27/2011

    " 2.5 stars. I listened to this on CD. I was not a big fan of the narrator, but the story was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/2/2011

    " not my favorite by far but it kinda made you cry at the end no matter how much i dissliked the book and i can respect the aother and admire her for it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/25/2011

    " A historical fiction book that is very well written. I cried many times, throughout. I think little girls grades 3-5 would adore this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/10/2011

    " Karen Cushman definitely has a talent for enjoyable, historical fiction. I am a fan! I'm glad that I was able to read this book. She created fun characters for this one, and the setting was different than other books I've read by her.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/12/2011

    " A very real but tragic story. It reminded me a little of Our Only May Amelia. It reminds me of how lucky I am to live in the world I do today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaeley | 3/12/2011

    " California Morning "Lucy" Whipple moves west from Massachusetts with her mother and three younger siblings to become part of the Gold Rush. Although Lucy doesn't like California at first, she eventually overcomes many hardships and decides to stay in CA as a librarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/21/2011

    " I normally hate books that take place in pioneer time , but this book wasn't that bad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattyb | 1/29/2011

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. the characters are unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nour | 1/5/2011

    " I mean it was good... I just think it was a little boring...i do not know why, but when I was reading it I felt like I was being forced to read it!!



    -My teacher made us read it...so ya I was forced
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Relyn | 11/27/2010

    " We started this as a family read aloud but ended up abandoning it. Sloane was pretty bored by it. So was I upon rereading, though I liked it the first time I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ronna | 11/5/2010

    " All of Cushman's characters begin grumpy and difficult to deal with, and emerge into another character all together. I found this book boring and the story line unappealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/2/2010

    " One of my favorites from a talented author. Wonderful sense of time and place, great voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 6/6/2010

    " Traditional American during "gold fever". Dag diggety! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/4/2010

    " What a delightful book-humorous, touching and informative (for lack of a better word) regarding the gold rush of the mid 1800s. My kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 4/26/2010

    " A great story for 4th graders. Gives a child's perspective on the gold rush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/10/2010

    " Very enjoyable! Did like. Lucy is a fun character and I find that time period very interesting. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollijo | 2/24/2010

    " Another historical fiction book that is just lovely. The book has bittersweet moments (I actually cried), but also depicts real, funny characters living life in the west during the gold rush. Meant for younger readers, but I enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Karen CushmanKaren Cushman is the author of the Newbery Medal book The Midwife’s Apprentice, the Newbery Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy, and Matilda Bone, all set in medieval England and available on audio from Listening Library. Francine Green is the third Cushman protagonist whose story is set in the USA, joining Rodzina and Lucy Whipple.
About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.