Carson, Rae Walk on Earth a Stranger, 448 pages. Greenwillow (Harper), 2015. $18. Mature Content: G (starts her period); Language: G (3 swears, 0 ‘f’); Violence: PG (2 murders, various travel deaths and dangers).
Leah Westfall is on the run. Her quiet world with her parents has been shattered by their murder and her evil uncle, who knows about her affinity to gold, is ready to strangle her with society’s strictures as he prepares to use her powers for his personal benefit. She quickly disguises herself as Lee Westfall and flees to the westward trail, in search of her nest friend, Jefferson, who left only a few days before her. If she can find him, they can travel with a wagon train to the gold fields of Oregon. There is an entire continent of dangers, human, animal, and natural, waiting for them and their companions before they might reach relative safety.
The magical part of this book is slight and in the end not really very important in this well-written historical fiction novel. I will be adding this to my collection as an excellent option for an 8th grade American History project at my school.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher