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Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole

Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole

Series: Dear America
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Newbery Honor author Susan Campbell Bartoletti brings the story of a young girl caught up in a web of murder, lies, and the Great Fire of Chicago to bold life.

In the spring of 1871, fourteen-year-old Pringle Rose learns that her parents have been killed in a terrible carriage accident. After her uncle Edward and his awful wife, Adeline, move into the Pringle family's home — making life for her and her younger brother, Gideon, unbearable — Pringle runs away with Gideon to Chicago, seeking refuge from the tragedy, and hoping to start a new life. She becomes a nanny for the children of a labor activist, and quickly finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue and lies. Then, when a familiar figure from home arrives, Pringle begins to piece together the devastating mystery of what happened to her parents, and realizes just how deadly the truth might be. But soon, one of the greatest disasters this country has ever known, the Great Fire of Chicago, flares up, and Pringle is on the run for her life.

Ages
10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 9
Lexile Measure
750L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
256
Genre
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children. She won the Newbery Honor for "Hitler Youth."

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