One Came Home
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One day, the sheriff of Placid, Wisconsin returns to town with the body of a young girl. The body is too mangled to truly identify, but she has auburn hair and is wearing a green dress that was last seen on Agatha Burkhardt -- a girl who recently ran away from home. Her family believes Agatha is dead, but Agatha's sister, Georgie, is unconvinced. With her Springfield rifle in hand, she sets off to search for her sister and begins an adventure to find the truth. Georgie is a wonderful heroine. She is smart, fierce, and brave, but not without shortcomings, like her sharp tongue and temper, which only increase her likability. I don't get many kids running in and shouting "Do you have the latest historical fiction, especially something about wild pigeons nesting in Wisconsin in the late 1800s?" but if you throw in phrases like "unidentifiable dead body," "13-year-old sharpshooter" and "cougar attack" it should be an easy sell.
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Agatha is dead, to begin with. Or is she? When the sheriff came home with a body in a ball gown with its features blown all to smithereens (or eaten by wild animals) everyone in Placid, Wisconsin believes that it's Georgie’s older sister. The one that ran off after Georgie helped to spoil her engagement. Georgie, for the record, doesn’t believe a word of it and she’s going to find the truth. As far as she's concerned Agatha just has to be alive somewhere, so with a local boy, a mule, some gold coins sewn into her hems, and a gun she can rely on, Georgie sets off to prove her theory. Trouble is, the truth ends up being a whole lot more complicated than she ever could have suspected.
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“There’s no pretending a cave is a proper room – it’s the belly of the whale, the innards of a clam, a bubble, a rock-hard belch.”
“You don’t turn the color of dust unless you’re returning to it.”
“I froze. My body did, anyway. My mind, on the other hand, jumped over the moon and ran off with the spoon.”
“… there’s a difference between feathers and leaves. Feathers claw their way back into the sky, whereas leaves, after flying once, are content to rest on the earth. Agatha? She was a feather.”
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