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Westward Exploration and Expansion, Women's History and Experience, Women's Rights Movement, Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Honor, Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
Charlotte Parkhurst never acted like most other girls. She climbed trees and fought with the boys and worked in a stable. She had a way with horses that was like nothing folks had ever seen.
In the mid-1800s, some people didn't think it was proper for a girl to behave like Charlotte, and they tried to stop her. But Charlotte was smart, and she came up with a plan that would let her live her life the way she wanted — a plan so clever and so secretive that almost no one figured it out.
A top-notch horse rider, a legendary stagecoach driver, the first woman to vote in the state of California and probably the United States, Charlotte Parkhurst, known as Charley, was a real person with a larger than life story. Pam Muñoz Ryan's fast-paced historical novel combines the documented facts of Charlotte's life with her own spirited imaginings, and Brian Selznick's drawings celebrate the pluck and originality of this brave and colorful character. Together author and artist rescue a little known heroine from oblivion and bring her vividly alive for young readers.