Bonnie, a naive and content twelve-year-old girl, had the life she knew tragically destroyed. Everything familiar was taken from her, except a few letters from a mysterious grandfather she had never met. Orphaned, she was placed into oppressive child labor. Bonnie took her anger, fears, and feelings of rejection, isolation, and hopelessness, converting them into brazen, naive, misguided determination. She was inspired by the novels of Twain, Stevenson, and Cooper. Bonnie prepared herself with the questionable knowledge she had gleaned from the pages of the great authors’ works. In 1886, twelve-year-old Bonnie ed her bondage and sets out on an implausible quest to nd her grandfather. How far will Bonnie’s determination take her? e author endeavored to present historical facts and historical people blended into an adventurous ctional story. e author tried to present a realistic glimpse into the late nineteenth century. It is often hard to recognize fact from ction.
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