Fox, Janet Forgiven, 257 p. Speak (Penguin), 2011. $8.99. Content: PG (implication of brothels – nothing explicit). Kula Baker has lived a rough life with her father and his gang in the wilds of the west. When trouble comes, however, Kula is sent to live in faraway San Francisco, with only a few mysterious clues to follow. For all that it is a city, in the early 1900’s San Francisco is plenty wild. Besides worrying about her old friend Min who is indentured to Kula’s nemesis – a bounty hunter who is determined to see Kula’s father hang, she is also intrigued by the not-quite-men whom she is meeting for the first time. David Wong, a Chinese who is handsome, soft-spoken and very attentive, and Will Henderson, the gorgeous son of a wealthy banker, who can show Kula the fine side of life. Both boys vie for Kula’s attention, just at the advent of an unforeseen disaster.
Just like Fox’s Faithful, let yourself be drawn into San Francisco just before and after the great earthquake. HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher